Crime & Investigation

Army Deployed As Bamba, Bakonjo Clash


find geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 150%;”>Tensions started rising on Monday when the police blocked a gang of youth loyal to Omusinga of Rwenzururu Kingdom, Charles Wesley Mumbere Irima Ngoma from crossing to the Bamba’s territory where their king’s shrine is located.

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Bundibugyo District Police Commander, Alex Mwine-Mukono said the enforcement body used teargas to restrain the youth from provoking the Bamba.

It should be remembered that in 2012, Mumbere visited Kirindi where he constructed a shrine in memory of his late father, a move that was perceived by the Bamba as an attempt to undermine their autonomy.

In a new twist, Mwiine-Mukono said clashes resumed Wednesday night over the renovation of Mumbere’s shrine.

“We had earlier denied Mumbere’s supporters permission to embark on the renovation exercise but in a bid to diffuse the tensions, we decided to let them in,” narrated Mwiine.

“However, when the Bamba and Babwisi learnt that we had allowed the Bakonzo to renovate their king’s shrine in Kirindi, they mobilized themselves on Wednesday night and attacked families of the Bakonzo in Bundibugyo,” said the area police commander.

Police swiftly swung into action to protect the two hostile tribal factions.

“Families of Bakonzo are leaving in panic and others have taken refuge at Police for fear of losing their lives,” said Mwiine.

Deputy RDC Bundibugyo, Elias Kateba Nuwagaba confirmed the deployment of police and army at the shrine to contain the situation.

President Museveni last week attended the coronation of Bamba’s new cultural leader, Lt. Col. Martin Ayongi Kamya.

Speaking at the coronation ceremony, Museveni warned cultural leaders against hostilities:

“In the case of the Rwenzori region and Busoga, I appeal to you to stop the unnecessary rivalries among the cultural heads. You should always work out a win-win solution for the diverse communities in the respective regions.”

He added: “No community is subservient to the other. Every community, big or small, was put here by God and must be respected. Anybody who cannot see this is in the wrong place.”


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