KASESE. The Rwenzururu King, Charles Wesley Mumbere, has protested the killing and alleged kidnap of members of his security detail.
Speaking to Daily Monitor last Saturday, Mr Mumbere said five of his guards have been killed and four others allegedly kidnapped.
“The option of killing civilians openly will not help to calm tensions in the region but may escalate the situation,” Mr Mumbere said, revealing that Yofesi Maate Mugoye, a royal guard, and a quarter master in the Buhukira Royal Palace, was killed last month at Sauliyako market after a quarrel with the security operatives.
However, police said Mugoye had been killed after attempting to disarm a policeman, who he had been quarreling with.
Mr Mumbere said this after a meeting with Mr Mike Mukula, the NRM vice chairperson for eastern, who sources said was in the region on a peace and reconciliation mission.
The two leaders held a two-hour closed-door meeting at the king’s palace, before Mr Mukula flew in a private helicopter to Bundibugyo District.
While briefing journalists, Mr Mumbere said he was willing to re-unite with the Obundingiya Bwa Bamba cultural leader, Lt Col Martin Kamya, to restore peace in the Rwenzori sub-region.
Post election violence. The Rwenzori region has recently been struck by outbreaks of post-election violence in which more than 30 people have been killed in Bundibugyo and 11 in Kasese districts respectively.