Uganda: Speaker demands presentation of report on Kasese killings

Deputy Speaker Jacob Oulanyah has directed the immediate presentation of the report on Kasese killings

The Deputy Speaker of Parliament Jacob Oulanyah has directed the Defence and Internal Affairs Committee of Parliament to present its findings on the infamous 2016 Kasese killings.

The directive followed a complaint by Busongora North Member of Parliament William Nzoghu on the delayed presentation of the report which, according to him, would provide answers to questions raised by the people of Kasese.

The committee chaired by Mityana Woman MP Judith Nabakooba was directed by the Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga in December 2016 to probe the attack on the Rwenzururu Palace in Kasese town in November 2016.

The operations by joint security forces led to the death of more than 100 royal guards and the arrest of the King Charles Wesley Mumbere. Fourteen police officers were also killed in different parts of the district. Mumbere and a number of royal guards were later charged with treason, terrorism, murder, attempted murder, robbery and malicious damage to property.

Prior to the palace attack, security officers alleged that the palace was a training ground for royal guards who planned to destabilize the country. Mumbere had earlier been told to disband the guards in vain.

MP Nzoghu says the people of Kasese are still waiting for answers on what triggered the attack and the subsequent trial of their cultural leader.

Defence and Internal Affairs committee Vice Chairperson Kezekiah Mbogo told parliament that the committee report was ready and only waiting for a slot on the order paper to be presented.

However, Deputy Speaker Oulanyah argued that the committee cannot claim readiness of the report which has not yet reached the Clerk to Parliament. Oulanyah directed that the report be submitted to the Clerk’s office to allow debate on the matter to start.