Mukula likens Kasese murders to Rwandan genocide


Mike Mukula, the National Resistance Movement (NRM) Vice chairperson Eastern region, has compared what is happening in Kasese and Bundibugyo to what happened in Rwanda in 1994.

The Rwandan genocide was a genocidal mass slaughter of Tutsi and moderate Hutu in Rwanda by members of the Hutu majority government.

During the approximate 100-day period from April 7 to mid-July 1994, an estimated 501,000–1,000,000 Rwandans were killed, constituting as much as 70% of the Tutsi and 20% of Rwanda’s total population.

The genocide was planned by members of the core political elite known as the akazu, many of whom occupied positions at top levels of the national government.

Perpetrators came from the ranks of the Rwandan army, the National Police (gendarmerie), government-backed militias including the Interahamwe and Impuzamugambi, and the Hutu civilian population.

While addressing press at Hotel Africana in Kampala on Wednesday, Mukula further compared the Kasese killings to the South Sudan bloodbaths.

“It [Kasese killings] also reminds me of the S. Sudan conflict between the Nuer and the Dinka.”

Mukula said he was working with the office of the president, Prime Minster, the Chief of Defence Forces (CDF) and the Inspector General of Police (IGP) to see that permanent peace is established in the region.

“Rwenzori region will be under police watch to stop further clashes,” he said.

Mukula says the key priority is to make sure both the Bamba and Bakonzo kings meet and resolve the conflicts.

“All this will be followed by clear report and a memorandum of understanding between Bamba and Bakonzo kings.”

He noted that Omusinga Charles Mumbere personally handed over three guns to the UPDF officer in the region.

President Museveni will visit the Bamba and Bakonzo kings to resolve the conflicts in Kasese region.

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