The king of Rwenzururu, Charles Wesley Mumber who is a first class king, have been arrested western police in Uganda, over clashes between police and militia which killed at least 55 people, in the region on Sunday 27th Nov. Security forces stormed his palace amid claimed that he, King Mumbere, was harbouring fighters in his palace.
The King, who is being accused of inciting violence in the region, has been denied movement after records emerged that at least 14 police officers and 41 militants have died in the violent clash.
This is what Ugandan government’s spokesperson, Shaban Bantariza said about the militia.
“These militiamen have set up camps in the Rwenzori Mountains from where they train and come to attack government installations.”
The state’s Police spokesperson, Andrew Felix Kaweesi, also disclosed that the attackers were fighting to create a new republic on the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The king is now in police custody in the state’s capital, Kampala, together with several other people who were arrested when security forces stormed the king’s palace on Sunday.
Though, King Mumbere has denied any connections with the militia. His Bakonzo community on the border with the DR Congo has long been at loggerheads with the dominant Toro kingdom in the region, reports say. Years of clashes ended in 1982 with an agreement for more local autonomy and President Yoweri Museveni officially recognised the kingdom in 2009, but tensions have continued to simmer.