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Government sued over Rwenzori clashes

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By Eriasa Mukiibi Sserunjogi and Job Bwire

Posted  Wednesday, July 23  2014 at  18:12

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This suit comes barely two days after police discovered mass graves in Bundibugyo District amid concerns that the killings were the work of elements fermenting tribal sentiments following the recent attacks in Rwenzori sub-region

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Government and the inspector General of Police have been sued by a concerned citizen over the July 5th Rwenzori region tribal clashes that left over 90 people dead.

Mr Moses Muhumuza (plaintiff) on Tuesday filed a case against the Inspector General of Police(1st respondent) and the Attorney General(2nd respondent) before the High Court in Kampala claiming that the two failed to fulfill and uphold their constitutional mandate towards Ugandans as bestowed on them by the constitution of the Republic of Uganda under article 211 and 212 respectively.
Through his lawyers, M/S Murungi, Kairu and Co. Advocates, Mr Muhumuza claims that the 1st respondent at all material times has been negligent in the execution of his duties as the Inspector General of Police and head of Uganda police Force with respect to the armed civilian attacks and destruction of property against the people of Bundibugyo and Kasese districts.

According to court documents seen by the Daily Monitor, Mr Muhumuza wants court to order government to compensate the 300 victims’ families in both Bundibugyo and Kasese who have been victimized allegedly as a result of the first and second defendants’ failure to effectively execute their duties and mandate in protecting the victims’ fundamental human rights, in addition to payment of general damages and costs of the suit.
The plaintiff alleges that on July 5, 2014, alleged rebel fighters armed with rifles, sharp objects like machetes and other blant objects attacked homesteads in villages of Bigando, Karugutu, Kikyo, Kirumiya, Ntanda, Kibuku, Bundibugyo town, Camp 39BN at Kanyamirama and the palace of the Bamba located in the districts of Kasese and Bundibugyo and indiscriminately killed, assaulted, tortured, mutilated about 300 people and destroyed property worth Shs3 billion.

“A list of the deceased persons and police and death reports, destroyed properties shall be furnished at the hearing,” reads part of the civil suit No248 of 2014 filed before the High Court Civil Division in Kampala.
The hearing date of the case is yet to be fixed since the respondents have not yet filed their defense.
This suit comes barely two days after police discovered mass graves in Bundibugyo District amid concerns that the killings were the work of elements fermenting tribal sentiments following the recent attacks in Rwenzori sub-region.