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Exclusive: Rwenzururu’s Kirumira Mutima Militia ‘Commander’ Captured

Our reporter, Giles Muhame speaks to the suspects in Nyabuswa Village, Kabarole District on Wednesday. (Photos by Kenneth Kazibwe/ChimpReports)

Giles Muhame & Kenneth Kazibwe

In the Rwenzori Mountains

The UPDF have captured the suspected supreme commander of Kirumira Mutima, salve http://creativecommons.org/wordpress/wp-includes/class-wp-widget.php a militia accused of wreaking havoc in Rwenzori Mountains.

Eriya Sibendiire alias Muleju was intercepted by the 3rd battalion Mountain Brigade soldiers in Kamabare hill just a few kilometres from Kamabare camp which UPDF overran last week.

The operations commander and second in command of the battalion, this http://ctabuenosaires.org.ar/wp-includes/class-wp-feed-cache-transient.php Maj Fred Kittata confirmed the development.

“I personally shot at him in the mountains but missed him. He is the leader of the Kirumira Mutima, no rx http://coaststringfiddlers.com/wp-includes/registration.php ” Kittata told ChimpReports at his base in the area.

Eriya Sibendiire(R) together with another colleague being paraded on Wednesday

Eriya Sibendiire(R) together with another colleague being paraded on Wednesday

Hundreds of civilians turned up at the UPDF base to take a glimpse of the alleged rebel leader.

“You have captured the King of the mountains,” said one of elderly women in the crowd.

“He has terrorized us for many years. They force everyone to contribute food and goats to their militants.”

At the time of his arrest, Sibendiire was found slaughtering a goat which he reportedly intended to take to the Kirumira Mutima fighters.

Kittata said the suspect had refused to provide information about the whereabouts of the militants.

Sibendiire was captured alongside Yafesi Baligasaki, another suspected commander of Kirumira Mutima.

The duo fought in the Rwenzururu rebellion of 1952 before forming the Rwenzori Kateebwa Civillian War Veterans Association.

Sibendiire displays the Civillian War Veterans Association receipt

Sibendiire displays the Civillian War Veterans Association receipt

Speaking to ChimpReports, Sibendiire confirmed that two of his sons were part of the Rwenzururu rebellion. They are Mugisha Bikoba and Yona whom Maj Kittata said are still hiding in the mountains.

“They can run but won’t hide forever,” said Maj Kittata, adding, “we will get them.”

Asked why he was involved in subversive activities, Sibendiire responded: “I know nothing.”

Pressed to expain the involvement of his children in the Rwenzururu movement, he fired back: “I warned them. But they told me they had their mission. That they have their agenda.”

Asked if he knew their agenda, Sibendiire said he was not aware.

Sibendiire and his colleague board a police truck before being taken to Police for detention

Sibendiire and his colleague board a police truck before being taken to Police for detention

At the age of 78, Sibendiire is pencil-thin but soldiers who captured him laughed when we queried his fitness.

“He is so swift and slippery in the mountains,” one of the soldiers responded.

Kittata said Kamabare camp where the militia have been training from belongs to Sibendiire which the latter didn’t deny.

The suspect was later handed to police for detention and further interrogation.

The Rwenzururu King Wesley Mumbere was arrested from his palace in Kasese last week.

He was charged with murder on Tuesday before being remanded to jail in Kirinya Government Prison, in Jinja.

Scores have died in recent clashes between the Rwenzururu militia and security forces.

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