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Army, Police Deploy In Kasese On Palace Attack Anniversary

There is heavy deployment of army personnel and police in Kasese town as residents remember the death of more than 100 people in clashes between state security agencies and royal guards at the Kingdom of Rwenzururu, last year.

Tomorrow will mark exactly one year since the raid on the palace which climaxed with the arrest of the Omusinga Charles Wesley Mumbere and 161 others.

The raid, on November 26 and 27, was carried out by the Uganda People’s Defence Forces- UPDF under the command of the then Second Division Commander, Brigadier Peter Elwelu. Just over two months after the attack, Elwelu was promoted to Major General and appointed Land Forces commander.

The attack came after the Rwenzururu King refused to hand over the guards whom the army accused of engaging in clandestine activities.

The group was later arraigned before court in Jinja facing 41 counts of treason, terrorism, murder, attempted murder, robbery and malicious damage to property.

Although government put the death toll from the clashes at 103 people, a report by Human rights Watch indicates that at least 55 people, including 14 police officers, were killed on November 26, and that more than 100 people were killed by joint security forces during the attack on the Rwenzururu Palace compound.

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