PHOTOS: Pro-Oyo Protests Shake Western Uganda


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information pills geneva;”>Dressed in black clothes, the youth marched from Mucwa Kingdom headquarters before campaign at the Fort Portal-Kasese-Bundibugyo roundabout.

Carrying posters reading: “We want our assets returned” and “The King is born and not made,” the youth further piled more pressure on government to release the report on the death of former Permanent Secretary in the Defence Ministry, Col Noble Mayombo.

Others said they will not vote Museveni in the 2016 presidential elections.

In Fort Portal, Chimp Corp Steven Ainganiza says the protest against Museveni’s remarks quickly degenerated into violence and its participants seem to have diverted from the main reasons for the gathering.

Kabarole District Police Commander, Geoffrey Kahebwa, had earlier issued a strong warning to the subjects of Tooro especially the youth that should they take to the streets without his permission, they should expect teargas.

Police deploy in Fort Portal town on Monday to quell the demonstrations

Kingdom officials said they were disturbed by President Museveni’s statement in which he allegedly described King Oyo as a boy and splitting Tooro into ‘chiefdoms.’

Tooro last week demanded an apology from President Museveni for saying Oyo should go ahead with his planned hunger strike as it would help to put his size in good shape.

Museveni was responding to Tooro Prime Minister Stephen Kaliba’s announcement that King Oyo would embark on a seven-day fasting period as a way of showing his dissatisfaction with the split of his kingdom into ‘unnecessary’ monarchs which he said have caused tribal conflicts in the region.

Some Kingdom Ministers were arrested in today’s chaos

Obudhingiya Bwa Bamba and Rwenzururu kingdoms were curved out of greater Tooro Kingdom.

Responding to a question from a journalist at Rwakitura last week on whether he was concerned by Oyo’s fasting, Museveni advised the King to “turn to the track of freedom fighters who struggled for freedom.”

He added: “If my son the King of Tooro has decided to fast, it will help him guard his figure and remain fit. But I advise him to turn to the track of freedom fighters who brought this freedom and restored cultural institutions. We shall not allow anybody to divide the country.”

The remarks have since angered the Kingdom, with social media enthusiasts speculating that Museveni implied Oyo is fat.

This compelled Tooro to call for protests.

Police keeping a close eye on the roundabout


DPC Kaheebwa said Police are aware of Tooro’s demands but that they should get organized and seek permission from authorities as required by law.

Ainganiza reports from fort Portal:

The youths did not listen to Kaheebwa’s advice and insisted on going on with the protest.

Upon reaching the Fort Portal main roundabout, Kaheebwa ordered anti-riot police personnel to deploy and disperse the protesters.

Police fired teargas and rubber bullets as the youth scampered for safety.

During the chaos, Gilbert Kayondo, a councillor representing Kasusu Ward in Fort Portal municipality sustained injuries on the head before being rushed to Fort Portal regional referral hospital.

Youth marching to Police to pressure officials to release their colleagues

As the battle between Amacuumu and police intensified, security personnel rounded up at least 25 youth and ministers of Tooro kingdom.

They were detained at Fort Portal police station on charges of inciting violence and holding an illegal assembly without police notification.

Kaheebwa said his office and that of RDC had not been informed of the demonstration but only learnt about through intelligence information.

The fighting caused commotion in Fort Portal town

Government spokesperson, Ofwono Opondo recently said Tooro lacks ‘visionary’ and ‘competent leaders’, describing the youth as ‘mob’ that does not know the history and background of Tooro, statements that angered the Kingdom.

He also attacked Tooro’s Premier Kaliba, saying he was using the kingdom as platform to mix politics and cultural affairs to “promote his vested interests and yet he is a total political failure.”


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