UPDF Suspends Military Operations in Rwenzori Mountains

Lt. Col. Kiwanuka speaking to ChimpReports at the UPDF barracks in Hima

The Uganda People’s Defense Force have halted their operations meant to look for remnants of the royal guard militias commonly known as ‘Kirumira Mutima’, hospital ChimpReports has learnt.

The army together with the police on Sunday stormed the palace of the Rwenzururu Omusinga, arresting him whereas over 40 of his royal guards were killed.

Speaking to this website on Thursday, Lt. Col. Richard Kiwanuka, the UPDF 305 Brigade Commander said they have given the remnants of the fighters a week’s grace period  to surrender peacefully.

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“We have suspended our operations for one week and those who are still in hiding can come out and surrender,” Lt.Col Kiwanuka told this website.

“They can surrender to the RDC, LCs and Police at their own will and nobody will touch them.”

The police spokesperson Andrew Felix Kaweesi told this website that the mood in Kasese is now calm. He said however that the grace period will not be applicable to the commanders of the Kirumira Mutima militia.

“The RDC’s approach is that we can’t arrest the broader community but those ring readers who masterminded the killings remain suspects and we shall arrest them,” Kaweesi said.

He said the militia had many people recruited right from parish level to the sub counties, stressing that the ring leaders in the violence will still be arrested.

The UPDF’s 305 Brigade Commander added that they will resume the operations in the Rwenzori mountains at the elapse of the weeks grace period that started on November 30.

“We have suspended the operations for them to surrender, but if they don’t, we will have to move.”


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