Updates on the Skirmishes in Kasese and Bundibugyo (Deal between Omusinga bwa Rwenzururu and President Museveni)
Been days since I have updated directly updated on the Rwenzori skirmishes in Kasese and Bundibugyo. There has been reports and complaining on both sides. There been people screaming and rooting against Museveni and the spies of him that didn’t react to the locals in the area. It’s hard to know what the truth in those accusations is, but here is the reports I have now.
There have been reports of deflection from the FDC in Kasese to the NRM. This is persons who were in the main leadership positions in the FDC in the districts of Kasese district. One of these FDC leaders we’re Kmalha the now former Secretary General of the FDC in the Kasese District, second leader is Kimandi the now former District Councilor in Kisanga Sub-Country. Also the former MP for Busongora South: Charles Kibazanga. “Insiders told this website that Kibazanga “defected to NRM long time ago and met Museveni last year. He is no longer active in Kasese. Kibazanga appearing at Rwakitura would not be a surprise” (Akugizibwe, 2014).
Deal between Mumbere and Museveni:
“One of the first signs of the deal was the immediate release of the Rwenzururu Kingdom Prime Minister Noah Nzaghale who was indeed released yesterday”. IGP Gen. Kale Kayihura was sent to secure the ground after the skirmishes. He wasn’t ready for what was meeting him in Kasese. This wasn’t about single people who were going against the ruling party NRM, but society who was fatigued by it. Even the Konzo community could revolt against both the kingdom and government to start their own state of Yirra Republic, but the deal was made by and largely by Maj Gen. Wilson Mbadi who met wiht Kayihura and Mumbere, this deal would clear the air without making too much out it of it all. Kayihura was worried of the power and measures that Mumbere had as his disposal, he could muster a rebellion against the central-government. Intelligence provided to Kayihura also shows that the king has three palaces and in those 3 he has military bases, these are in Kasese, Bundibugyo and DRC. There is sent an delegation to the President to solve issues that is not currently being withhold, in the delegation is Charles Kibanzanga (Kamwand, 2014).
UPDF officers charged and stalled:
There has been a General Court Martial hearing after the skirmish in Kasese and Budinbugyo. The cases pending are up to 131 suspects in total by now. The major UPDF are former deputy director of Uganda Media Center Col. Shaban Bantazari and ex-Internal Security Organization Director in the Marine Maj. Herbert Muramagi. They are now detained at Police HQ in Makindye in Kampala suburb.
The other UPDF officers are:
– Former Commander of Uganda Battle Group 11+: Col. Hassan Kimbowa.
– Former Ugandan Troop Contingent Tank Component Commander: Lt. Col. David Kreys Matua.
– Former Commander of 343 battalion in Mogadishu: Lt. Col. Benson Olanya.
– Former Commander of Ugandan Battle Group 9+: Lt. Col. Eugine Ssebugwaawo.
– Former Commander of the Motorized Component: Maj. Nasur Namara.
– Former trainer in AlJazeera Training School in Mogadishu: Maj. Frank Kawero.
– Former School Chief Instructor of AlJazeera Training School in Mogadishu: Lt.Col. Sam Kirya.
– Former Military Information Officer and Logistics Officer in the Ugandan Army: Capt. Joy Atugonza.
“The deputy army spokesperson, Maj. Henry Obbo, has said the trial of the officers would resume at the end of “an emergency session” in Kasese. But he could not tell when the emergency trial would come to a close” (Kwegisa, 2014).
Hope this gave you some more insights to the matter at hand which took so many lives. Wonder what will be the answer to it all and what really happen. If it was tribal skirmishes or something else, by now it’s hard to say. When I know more and have more information, I will drop it and keep it running.
Akugizibwe, Edison – ‘BREAKING: Kasese Top FDC Leaders Defect to NRM’ (17.07.2014) Link: http://chimpreports.com/index.php/mobile/news/politics/24683-breaking-kasese-top-fdc-leaders-defect-to-nrm.html
Kamwada, Fred Daka – ‘MUMBERE-M7 DEAL’ (17.07.2014), Link:
Kwesiga, Pascal – ‘Trial of over 10 UPDF officers stalls’ (17.07.2014), Link: http://www.newvision.co.ug/news/657693-trial-of-over-10-updf-officers-stalls.html
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