UPDATE ON KASESE FIGHTING:RWENZURURU KING ARRESTED
BY WILBER MUHWEZI
Rwenzururu king Charles Wensly Mumbere has just been arrested from his palace in Kasese by security operatives. This is according to a credible source close to the kingdom.
The source added that the King was taken to Maragarita hotel waiting for orders from above to take him to another destination.
Today, 12 people royal to king Mumbere were critically injured and the palace is under siege with heavy deployment of police, UPDF and other security agencies.
Our credible source added that president Museveni spoke to the king on phone at 11:00pm last night and ordered him to disband the royal guards but it seems the king refused which led to the his arrest today.
Since yesterday, 44 people have died in the fighting; 30 royal guards of the king and 14 security officers mainly police.
While speaking on NTV last night, the deputy executive director of Uganda media centre Col. Shaban Bantariza noted that the king of Rwenzururu must disband the his royal guards because they are connected to armed groups in the region.
On the other hand religious leaders, civil society organizations and politicians from the area are pushing for a dialogue between the president Museveni and King Mumbere to solve the issues amicably but it seems not to be the position of government.
The situation in Kasese is extremely volatile. By this afternoon no shops were open as well as any business. Relatives of the dead tried this morning to claim their bodies but security chased them away.