UPDF says gun hidden in Mumbere palace


Activists are pushing government to declare as a crisis the killings in Rwenzori region which have now risen to 90 people dead.

The Citizens Coalition for Electoral Democracy [CCEDU] in Uganda says Rwenzori unrest threatens the peace and stability of the entire country.

According to CCEDU national coordinator, Crispy Kaheru, government must act quickly to stop the loss of lives and property as most people have been driven from their homes by violence.

The Kasese Member of Parliament Winnie Kizza and Rwenzururu King Wesley Mumbere have since demanded the withdrawal of security forces from the region which they accuse of fuelling violence.

Reports even indicated that UPDF guards attached to the kingdom had been withdrawn following Sunday clashes with royal guards that left two soldiers dead.

UPDF second division army spokesperson, Major Ronald Kakurungu, however, told press that the soldiers are still manning the palace.

“UPDF is mandated by the constitution to be there [Kasese],” Maj Kakurungu said.

He said the soldiers temporarily left the palace for reorganisation but would go back.

UPDF has a fully-fledged directorate of royal guards and will sit to see how to schedule deployments.

UPDF also received three guns that were picked from the armoury after the storekeeper escaped from the palace.

Maj Kakurungu said they are also tracing a police gun that is being hidden in the palace.

Mumbere on the other hand says its the Flying Squad stirring chaos in his Kingdom.

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