Crime & Investigation

Police Warn Tooro Youth On 'Terrorism Acts'


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“We have cautioned them against engaging in unlawful activities before setting them free on bond. Majority admitted they did not know what they were fighting for but we assured them that they risk severe legal consequences when caught again on the wrong side of the law,” said the Police officer.

He added: “We had to arrest and detain them for some hours because we wanted to show them that we can and government has powers. I had earlier warned them against carrying out any demonstrations without seeking permission”.

Kaheebwa told Chimpreports the youth were “moving in the footsteps of terrorists because when you look around you will see that they caused insecurity and destruction of property.”

He said a one “Baguma and others attacked me at the police station and started abusing me in presence of my juniors. I left him because of his weakness”.

The DPC who said that the ‘amacuumu ne Bitara bya’ Tooro have no discipline and respect for authority, disclosed that the police vehicle and that of DISO were smashed with stones and cops injured in the fracas.

How it started

Business Monday came to a standstill and traffic was grounded for several hours in Fort Portal town as heavily-armed anti-riot police personnel battled Tooro Kingdom youth comprising the amacuumu Nebitara Byo Mukama(spears and swords of King Oyo).

The youths said they were expressing outrage over President Museveni’s recent remarks that Tooro King Oyo Nyimba Kabamba Iguuru Rukidi IV is a ‘boy.’

Dressed in black clothes, the youth marched from Mucwa Kingdom headquarters before campaign at the Fort Portal-Kasese-Bundibugyo roundabout.

Police say they will start employing an iron hand in dealing with protesters

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.

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.

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.


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