Ugandan tribal king arrested after clashes kill 55

November 28, 2016 | By | Reply More

Ugandan tribal king arrested Sunday after fierce clashes between security forces and a separatist militia they believe is linked to him killed 55, police said.

Ugandan tribal king arrestedHeavy fighting broke out Saturday in the western town of Kasese, home to King Charles Wesley Mumbere of the Rwenzururu kingdom, when his royal guards attacked patrolling security forces, killing 14 police officers and 41 militants, said police spokesman Andrew Felix Kaweesi.

“We took time to talk to the king to get those people out but the king was non-compliant. The only option was to storm the palace and get those people out and get him out for his own security and safety,” Kaweesi told. He has to explain his involvement in these incidents.

Violence has been simmering in the region all week, with four militants killed when they attacked a police post on Thursday, a police spokeswoman told.

Kaweesi said members of the royal guard threw an improvised grenade at patrolling officers on Saturday, prompting them to open fire and kill four of the “attackers”.

“That incident set off an explosion in all local sub-counties,” he said, adding that fighting between militants — not all of them royal guards — armed with guns and spears and security forces had continued until late in the evening.

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni officially recognised the kingdom in 2009.

However unrest has continued to simmer in the complex ethnic and political conflict, as many in the region still feel marginalised by authorities in distant Kampala.

Some in Uganda, with the support from their sister tribe in the DR Congo, have taken up arms and are agitating for the creation of the Yiira Republic which would cover territory in Uganda and part of North Kivu in the DR Congo.

Though Mumbere has distanced himself from the cause, authorities accuse his royal guards of training in the mountains alongside separatist militia forces to attack government installations.

Press journalist for HRO media – Ignacio Damigo reports.

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