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Gen. Museveni On Killing Spree Of Ugandans

By Dennis Zimmerman
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Graphics believed to have been taken from Rwenzururu Palace in western Uganda, where over six dozens of people were massacred by government forces, highlights the kind of blood thirsty of the western-backed Gen. Yoweri Museveni has inflicted against Ugandans during his past 30-years rule.

With no noise from the western capitals as they now occupied with Syria, Gen. Museveni, ordered the massacre of more than 60 people in and around Rwenzururu palace in Kasese areas, 342.8 kilometres west of the capital-Kampala.

Unarmed men and women were riunded up and brutally murdered whilst scores were arrested including the Monarch, Charles Wesley Mumbere and a Kenya Television Network (KTN) journalist, Joy Doreen Biira. Gen. Museveni has played his cards whilst the western capitals look other way because he execute their dirty missions in the region, such as in Somalia, eastern DR Congo and South Sudan.

Rwenzururu Monach, Wesley Mumbere and KTN journalist Doreen Biira were accused of defying Gen. Museveni orders to hand over the royal guards and publishing restricted materials respectively.

Gen. Museveni's government claimed the Businga bwa-Rwenzururu royalists had established rebel camps in Rwenzori mountains to recruit and start the fight against the regime. Rwenzori an area in western region with strategic hubs of oil-Wells whilst across the borders of Uganda is the eastern part of the DR Congo with vast minerals deposits.

Separately, Doreen Biira, a journalist with close ties to the Rwenzururu monarchy, reported to have been in the area for her traditional wedding with Kenyan fiancé Newton Kungu who together posted both pictures and video of government forces raiding, killing the unarmed civilians and razing the palace to ashes.

She had extensively covered several accounts of other eye witnesses which contradicted the official version the authority had wanted the public to know. Other media organisations had been restricted to cover the proceedings from Kasese one of areas that overwhelmingly voted for the opposition during the widely criticized February elections.

This was the third brutal attack on the Uganda monarchies by Gen. Museveni's forces in the past six-years of his 30-year-rule.

Buganda Kingdom, which is the largest indigenous monarchy in Uganda had its share of similar brutality in September 2009, when unarmed royalists took to the streets to protest against police’s action of blocking then kingdom's Premier Eng. John Baptist Walusimbi from having an advanced tour in preparation for the king's visit to grace National Youth Day a couple days later.

Baganda who so much revere their king, His Majesty Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II, were outraged when the government issued orders denying him from travelling to Bugerere-Kayunga district, 55 kilometres north-east of the capital-Kampala, which is part of Buganda Kingdom.

On September 10, 2009, Gen. Museveni issued a shoot-to-kill order to his armed forces commanded by his son Gen. Muhoozi Keinerugaba as Buganda Kingdom royalists took to the streets in several towns in central Uganda to protest against police’s action.

As a result of the September 2009 police action, government forces massacred over 50 people in several areas around the central region and over 1000 people were arrested and detained, some spent over three years without charges against them. Several media organisations were then gagged, barred whilst others had permanent closure years for carrying out live broadcast of the incidents.

Seven years down the road, the Uganda government has never carried out thoroughly investigations to yield prosecution or to hold anybody to account for the broad daylight murders of unarmed protesters.

Rwenzururu Monach, Wesley Mumbere came back to Uganda from the United States (US) exactly a month after the Buganda riots which came to known as 'Kayunga riots'. Wesley Mumbere did not witness the riots in Buganda and was installed as Omusinga- wa- Rwenzururu, who also revered by many Bakonzo.

Bakonzo people, many live on cultivated foods as they used pangas and hand hoes to tilt or cultivate land. They [Bakonzo] occupy much of the fertile land on eastern part of Mountain Rwenzori, which also doubles as the bedrock of the vast oil-Wells in western Uganda. Whilst across the borders is the vast eastern part of the DR Congo with massive mineral deposits making Rwenzori an areas of strategic interests and access avenue to Congo minerals by mafias.

Additionally, like Baganda; Bakonzo and several other ethnicities, including from other parts of the country denounced Gen. Museveni and his government, as the people of Kasese overwhelmingly voted for the opposition during the widely criticized February elections. During the February 2016 presidential elections, which the International Elections Observers groups described as lacked fairness and credibility, the people of Kasese rejected Gen. Museveni and voted for opposition candidate Rtd. Col. Dr Kizza Besigye.

Several people were later to be killed in March 2016 in many areas of Kasese as post elections violence escalated. Later the Police Chief, Gen. Edward Kale Kayihura camped in the area and issued a statement, which the lawmakers from the region went on record to refer to it as misrepresented facts of then situation. For example the IGP had said that the militia group attacked the police officer yet the facts were vice vasa the police had attacked the unarmed civilians and killed scores of them.

Earlier on, in 2014 over 90 people were massacred by security forces and the authority claimed it was ethnic minority clashes among themselves. .

"Since Saturday morning, there had been attacks mainly by Isingoma [royal guards] of Rwenzururu Kingdom. These attackers as earlier mentioned, led to the deaths of 12 police officers," Gen. Jeje Odongo, a former minister of internal affairs said in what appear to be a script designed for the controlled information.

Gen. Odong's statement gives the whole picture why the KTN journalists, including Biira and her colleagues were arrested.

To justify the murder of tens of civilian in Kasese, the general further said that 12 police officers were killed by the royal guards. He said that: "Some arms and weapons were recovered. From those recovered arms, one had no doubt in his/her minds that one was to perpetrate the crime."

"Omusinga [king] was given explicitly instructions which he seemed not to obliged. That is why the security forces stormed the palace and arrested him," said, Gen. Odongo.

Contrary to Gen. Odong, in an exclusive telephone interview with this reporter, the law make, Atkins Katusabe, a Member of Parliament(MP) representing Bukonzo county west said that, he was inside the Rwenzururu palace by the time the fighting broke out on Saturday, and he was throughout in communication with the Uganda People's Defense Forces (UPDF) Brig. Peter Elweru.

"The royal guards were unarmed and they were basically waiting for the truck to take them out of the palace," Katusabe told this reporter, in response to how many guards were armed.

MP Katusabe went on to say, that: " I personally delivered the message to Brig. Elweru, to get a truck and transport the guards out, but that did not happen."

"We were not given chance, instead they [ security agencies] were already determined to attack," said MP Katusabe, before hanging up, saying, "Am going for other meetings, get back to me sometimes later when settled."

Like, MP Katusabe, the KTN journalist Doreen was arrested for explicit posting the graphic evidences that presented the true picture of what exactly happened.

Buganda Kingdom, religious council and opposition leaders have since demanded the government to find another solution to stop the killings in western Uganda.

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