Gov’t extends amnesty for Rwenzururu guards

Some of Rwenzururu Royal Guards in Kasese. Courtesy Photo/Moris Mumbere.
Some of Rwenzururu Royal Guards in Kasese. Courtesy Photo/Moris Mumbere.

Rwenzururu Royal guards wanted for their involvement in the Kasese clashes in November last year have until the Easter holidays to surrender or else they will not be pardoned.

Major James Mwesigye, the Kasese Resident District Commissioner announced the extension four days to the expiry of the amnesty period while addressing residents of Kasangali in Market in Bwesumbu Sub County in Kasese district over the weekend.

It came after Samson Bagenda, the Bwesumbu Sub County LC III Chairperson called for the extension of the amnesty period to allow the remaining Rwenzururu Royal guards to surrender.

Several Royal Guards fled into hiding following the November clashes, which claimed the lives of more than 150 people. The clashes occurred during a military raid on the palace of the Omusinga Charles Wesley Mumbere, the Rwenzururu King. Mumbere was later picked him with his prime minister, and more than 140 royal guards.

They were arraigned in court on 40 counts including murder, attempted murder, treason, robbery and malicious damage to property.

Mumbere and his prime minister have since been released but restricted from conducting any Kingdom activities pending the conclusion of the cases against him. The Omusinga was also restricted from moving to his Kingdom and only allowed to move around in Kampala, Wakiso and Mukono districts.