Kampala- One of the 170 Rwenzururu Kingdom traditional guards on remand in Kirinya government prison has died while 11 others are battling different illnesses, Daily Monitor has learnt.
Mr Clarence Mumbahya Bwambale, the Rwenzururu Kingdom spokesperson, said 55-year-old Mikidadi Masereka was pronounced dead last Friday night after being rushed to Jinja Regional Referral Hospital for treatment. He died of high blood pressure.
He said the relatives were, on Saturday, cleared by the Uganda Prison’s authorities to take the body home for burial at the deceased’s ancestral home in Kasenyi Village, Buhuhira Sub-county in Kasese District.
Despite releasing the body for burial, the Uganda Prisons spokesperson, Mr Frank Baine, declined to speak to us, saying he was busy in Nebbi District.
The late Masereka is the second of Mumbere’s guards to die in prison after Yosam Bagheni, a 65-year-old resident of Kyabalongira Village, Kyabalongira Sub County in Kasese District, who was sick for about a week before he died at the same hospital on January 6, 2017.
The royal guards were arrested together with Rwenzururu King Charles Wesley Mumbere on November 27, 2016 during a joint attack on the Buhikira Royal Palace in Kasese Town by the Uganda People’s Forces (UPDF) and the Uganda police.
More than 100 people, including 14 police officers, were killed in the attacks.
Mr Bwambale mid last week said in a statement that Queen Agnes Ithungu visited the detained guards at Kirinya Prison and found some of them battling serious diseases, with two others having mental illness.