Police in Uganda has handed over some of the bodies of its officers killed in combat in fierce fighting with militias in Kasese following fresh clashes.
At least 12 bodies have been handed over to the relatives for burial. Two of the officers bodies are still unclaimed. While addressing journalists in Kasese today morning, Police spokesperson Andrew Felix Kaweesi said,”
The police officers who died in the attack are being transported to their homes for burial.” According to him, some bodies of civilians who died during the attack have also been taken by the relatives. “The cost of transporting bodies of those who died in combat is not ours,” he said.
Kaweesi insists the death toll stands at 62 people, although other reports indicate that atleast 126 people, most of whom were royal guards of Rwenzururu King Charles Wesley Mumbere, have been killed following the clashes.
According to Kaweesi, the people who were arrested from the palace are alive. “Nine of them had injuries, but they are in the hospital,” he added. He urged those who are planning to retreat to the camps to surrender or face the consequences.
Kaweesi also refuted reports that security officers stripped naked some people found in Buhikira Royal palace in Kasese town during the Sunday raid by UPDF and police. “Allegations that we stripped people naked at the palace are false.
They were found naked. Kasese RDC and Rwenzururu spokesperson Bwambale will confirm with you that we found those people naked,” he added.