Friday June 6 2014

Fresh clashes break out between Bamba, Bakonjo



Police and army have deployed heavily in Bundibugyo District following fresh tribal clashes between the Bamba/Babwisi and Bakonjo.

The clashes, which started on Wednesday night, are said to have been sparked off after the Bamba were allegedly angered by the renovation of the Omusinga (Rwenzururu) shrine in Kirindi village in Harugali, Bundibugyo.

The District Police Commander, Mr Alex Mwine-Mukono, yesterday said earlier on Monday, the Force had denied the Bakonjo youth from renovating the shrine because they never informed police about the exercise.

“But we later allowed them to go ahead. When Babwisi learnt that we have given Bakonjo a go ahead, they mobilised themselves on Wednesday night and attacked the families of Bakonjo in Bundibugyo,” Mr Mukono said, adding that some Bakonjo have started fleeing the district for their safety.

The clashes come just a week after the Bamba, Babwisi and Bavonoma crowned their cultural leader (Omudhingiya), Lt Col Martin Kamya.

This is the second time these parties are clashing after June 30, 2012 when King Charles Mumbere of the Rwenzururu kingdom visited the area and set up a shrine at his father’s home area in Bwamba County. The Bamba then felt that Mumbere’s actions in their area was tantamount to conquering their territory.