Police plots to re-arrest Tooro Prince


Kijanangoma (Photo by Kenneth Kazibwe)


A plan has already been hatched to re-arrest Tooro Prince, David Kijanangoma, according to the latest information we have uncovered.

Last month, Kijanangoma was arrested at Rwengoma palace along the Fort Portal- Bundibugyo road.

The Prince was accused of criminal trespass and inciting violence in process to takeover of the throne and oust King Oyo who he accuses of incompetence.

We have now learnt that police is planning to re-arrest him with other members pushing for Oyo’s overthrow; Joram Bintamanya Ogwekyoma Kabarole district councillor representing the South Division, Steven Rwagweri of Engabu za Tooro, Andrew Irumba, a Red Pepper marketer and Pan-African Live Debate host as well as a few other ring leaders.

This evening, we talked to Irumba and Bintamanya face-to-face about the development.

The Regional Police Commander Western Region, Denis Namuwoza, and the District Police Commander Fort Portal, Geoffrey Kahebwa, met in a closed door meeting in Kampala last week.

They allegedly discussed how Kijanangoma’s faction was becoming a threat to peace and stability in Uganda’s cleanest town, Fort Portal.

The RPC without mincing his words justified why some key elements of Kijanangoma faction needed to be ‘removed from circulation’.

“Afande, there is a cantankerous man called Irumba Andrew who mobilizes through proxies, he has never stepped in Fort Portal but he is the one who gives all information about David’s next action plans.”

They also singled out councillor Bintamanya and Rwagweri of Engabu za Tooro as ring leaders.

“These people should be removed from circulation for some time, including Kijanangoma until his supporters disembark from the plans,” DPC Kahebwa told the security meeting.

Kahebwa noted that it was easy to deal with ‘a fatherless’ crowd of Kijanangoma than now when all his mobilizers are still at large.

He was worried that the Prince’s popularity was soaring by the day.

He accused the Resident District Commissioner, Steven Asiimwe, of conspiring with Kijanangoma to destabilise Tooro.

He alleged that Asiimwe had bribed the presiding magistrate in Fort Portal with Shs 2m to bail out the Prince when he was arrested.

Kahebwa convinced the meeting that it was important to re-arrest the Prince and lock him away as a measure against the hooliganism currently rocking Tooro.

After the meeting, the Inspector General of Police, Gen Kale Kayihura, was forced to visit Fort Portal to get credible information about the Kingdom power struggle.

Prince Kijanangoma this week declared himself the new King of Tooro saying he was finalising plans to eject Oyo from the main palace.

We are also aware that Princess Elizabeth Bagaya has already met and pleaded with the Prince not to oust Oyo.

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