One person has been confirmed dead after being shot by police and six others arrested in Kasese District as the Obusinga bwa Rwenzururu commemorates one year after the raid on their king’s palace.
Police said they arrested five District leaders who were on Monday found dressed in black as they were heading to work.
The Rwenzori East police Commander Julius Tunwimuzuni said the suspects had started mobilizing the residents to assemble at the Rwenzori square to demonstrate.
The suspects were identified as Kasese District vice chairperson Elly Magwara, the speaker Geofrey Bwerere, two councilors Wilson Bathulagho and Bazirio Kabagabe and Jimmy Mumbere, one of the locals who will be charged with inciting violence.
Mr Tunwimuzuni said they had received information that the suspects were planning to demonstrate during what they termed as black Monday in commemoration of their loved ones who died during the Rwenzururu palace raid on November 26, 2016.
The raid by the UPDF left more than 150 people dead.
About the death of one person, Mr Tunwimuzuni explained that during their night operations in Karusanadara Sub County, they met a group of youth and a one Maurice Mugisha tried to disarm one of the police officers.
He said police shot him in self defence and in an attempt to disarm him.
According to police, one person was arrested and is being held for interrogation.
Mugisha’s body was taken to Kasese municipal health centre where both police and army were heavily deployed.
However, the deployment in town is also still tight with police and army officers patrolling the town.