Mumbere Guards Have Killed Dozens Since 2014 – Government

Minister Jeje Odongo addressing journalists on Tuesday.

The royal guards of Obusinga Bwa Rwenzururu and allies conducted 12 lethal attacks on security forces and civilians killing a total of 69 people between July 2014 and March 2016 in the volatile Rwenzori region.

The Minister of Internal Affairs, discount Gen. J.J Odongo in his address to the nation on Tuesday narrated how the events have been building up before the last weekend’s clashes at the palace that claimed about 60 lives.

The 12 attacks according to the minister targeted the security installations to kill the UPDF and police officers and also acquire weapons including the combat Rocket Propelled Grenades (RPG).

“In July 2014, the cultural guards attacked the police at the Weigh Bridge along Kasese Mbarara highway, two police officers were killed and their guns taken,” Odongo stated.

Few days later in the same district 11 people including a UPDF soldier, his wife and a child were killed in Bigando sub-county by the royal guards.

Meanwhile in Ntoroko district the minister says, the royal guards ambushed a UPDF patrol truck and cut a soldier on the head.

They also attacked the main police station in Ntoroko and took 3 guns on the same day.

In the neighboring Bundibugyo district in September, Uganda Wildlife Authority post was attacked by the same cultural recruited and trained guards who took 2 guns.  The same assailants went ahead and attacked the Central Police station, killed four police officers including the OC station and made away with 6 rifles.

“At Kanyamwirima UPDF Barracks 4 soldiers were killed and injured one. The attackers took Rocket Propelled Grenade (RPG) that its whereabouts is yet to be ascertained,” he said.

Gen. Odongo also stated that in 2014 a total of 68 attackers lost their lives in the violence while 23 civilians died and 10 members of the security forces.

A total of 179 people were arrested and prosecuted in which 155 suspects were leniently pardoned by government. Over 500 others who had fled after the attacks benefited from the government
amnesty–returned and were rehabilitated and re-integrated into the community.

Two ministers of Obusinga Bwa Rwenzururu were among those pardoned by the government.

In 2015 no major incidents were recorded but starting from February during the presidential, parliamentary and local government elections, events drastically changed.

Fifteen people died in Bundibugyo after the Feb 2016 election, 139 houses were also set ablaze in a period of 4 days.

As the Bundibugyo clashes subsided, a similar situation developed in Kasese district following the Local Council III Election in Hima Town Council.

On the night of 10th March 2016, in Hima Town Council, a group of 30 people armed with machetes, knives and clubs injured 4 UPDF soldiers.

On 11th March 2016, the attackers critically injured 02 police officers and grabbed a gun from one of them.

On the evening of 15th March 2016, the GISO of Kyabarungira sub county and his brother were attacked and stabbed in Kasese town, by suspected OBR Youths leaving them seriously injured.

On the morning of 23rd March 2016, clashes in Ntotoro sub county of Bundibugyo left 20 people killed, sparking a fresh wave of IDPs, approximately 5000 who sought refuge in Bubukwanga Camp.

On 23 Mar 2016, a gang of criminals associated to OBR cultural guards, armed with pangas, attacked Kidodo Police post in Kasese Municipality, leaving 1 police man killed and 1 gun taken.

These were many including an incident where they critically injured a Commissioner of Police in Buhuhira Sub County in Kasese.


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