Monday July 14 2014

Briton denies circulating Rwenzururu leaflets

By Eriasa Mukiibi Sserunjogi

Kasese- A British author has denied writing the leaflets circulated during last week’s Rwenzururu attacks which claimed that the UN was in advanced stages of granting the Bakonzo in Uganda and DR Congo a state status.

“Please place on record that any linkage of my name to leaflets that have circulated lately in Kasese or elsewhere in Rwenzururu is false,” Mr Tom Stacey wrote in a statement to the Daily Monitor.

“The origin of any such rumour is pure invention, possibly designed to give authority to whatever might have appeared in the leaflets,” he added.

Mr Stacey was reacting to leaflets that were circulated in Kasese and on Facebook, purportedly authored by him, claiming that a process at the UN that looked to grant the Bakonzo state status was almost complete.

The leaflets claimed that a date for declaring the independence of the Bakonzo state, Yira Federal Republic, would be communicated soon.

The 2nd Division commander, Brig Peter Elwelu, was reported as having said last week’s attacks on the police and the army in the Rwenzori region were meant “to capture guns to wage war against the government (and found a new state)”.

However, the Rwenzururu King Charles Wesley Mumbere denied any secession plan. He blamed the claims on the kingdom’s “enemies”.

Mr Stacey, 84, says that his association with the kingdom has been “deep, mutual and long: 60 years no less.” He refers to Mr Mumbere’s late father, Isaya Mukirane, as “a friend of mutual devotion.”