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Today, all eyes are on Uganda, and so they must be – There is a NEW AFRICAN GENOCIDE in the making. And all thanks to Mr Yoweri Museveni, the ruthless dictator who has ruled this East African nation with an iron feast for over 3 decades.
Ninth month after the elections in Uganda, Kasese a town at the footsteps of Rwenzori mountains a region commonly known as the Rwenzuru kingdom in Uganda continues to be plunged in an endless circle of state-orchestrated violence against the kingdom and its subjects.
The social media in Uganda has been recently awash with gory images of victims of extra-judicial killing by the members of Uganda state security. Museveni and his security men have been trying to frame Charles Mumbere for a very long time for harbouring a secessionist ambition, as an excuse to justify military action against the population, who recently overwhelmingly rejected the ruling party by voting 100% for Forum for Democratic Change party in Uganda (FDC). To the regime this is criminal and the region has seen been rewarded with state sponsored violence and the massacres can qualify to the levels proportionate to a genocide. Reports after a report by www.hrw.org show that the Uganda government and its security services have been mishandling the security in the Rwenzori Region and implicated in gross human rights abuses against the people in the region.
In a bid to divert attention from a worsening political and security situation in the country, Mr Museveni ordered an all-out military assault on the Rwenzururu Kingdom in Western Uganda. Besides arresting the King, Charles Wesley Mumbere, and the Queen, the Palace was set on fire, followed by what is, without a doubt, a callous massacre and humiliation of the King’s subjects.
In addition to the killings, reports and photographic evidence from the region indicate a barbarism of unimaginable scale, inform organised acts of human degradation by Museveni’s security forces.
In one photograph, a large number of women who were found working in the King’s Palace are seen lined up after being stripped naked stark, with their hands tied behind their backs. These women were not only brutalised, but, in a manner that has become characteristic in Museveni’s Uganda, they were totally humiliated, with some reports suggesting that they were then taken away to unknown destinations, possibly to be raped by Museveni regime operatives.
The Bloodshed in Kasese district was as a result of the government security forces (the UPDF and Uganda police) carrying out operations in Kasese district and summarily killing unarmed civilians. Their actions forced the locals in some parts of the district to retaliate with force to defend themselves and their Kingdom. Armed with rudimentary tools they attempted to fend off a ruthless and merciless combined force of police and UPDF, totalling to over 600 men supported with artillery and armoured vehicles with powerful machine guns. They stormed the palace through the roof and killed 32 guards of the 40 royal guards. The consequences were bodies littered in the streets of Kasese, after that the government security forces went on a rampage of indiscriminate shooting of its citizens in Kasese.
The media houses were completely locked out during the operation, upon realising the massive crimes against humanity they have committed in Kasese, the regime security elements gathered the hundreds of bodies of hacked, burnt, mutilated and shot victims .The others the security tried to cover up the crime by washing the blood spill around the palace and some of the killed civilians were hastily dressed in police uniform to justify the use of violence in attacking the palace, the evidence is that underneath the alleged attackers visibly wore civilian clothes.
This the point they invited journalists to the scene to cover only filtered information, but by sheer lack Joy Doreen Biira a journalist working with Kenya Television Network who was in Kasese for her traditional wedding, filmed the incidences and shared the photos and videos of the fighting on her social media account. She soon was arrested together with four other journalists’ and charged with the offences of ‘abetting terrorism’ by the Uganda police under case file SD ref 61/27/11/016.
Brig Peter Elwelu, the UPDF 2nd Division Commander defended the army’s attack on the palace, calling them terrorist and this begs more answers, the questions are? Is the journalist terrorist or enemies of the state in Uganda?
The police spokesperson Andrew Felix Kaweesi also defended the shoot-to-kill policy in the Rwenzori region, police said yesterday.
“The government security forces will do whatever it takes to ensure that all criminal elements are put out of action. And there is no doubt, no joking around. Anybody who attacks our security forces will be just put out of action before he kills our security personnel,” he said. We deserve answers to this puzzle of the security attacking the palace and virtually destroying everything including the structures to turn around and claim the 40 poorly armed local guards can attack 600 well-armed soldiers.
The regime is oblivious of the fact when you directly attack the palace of His Majesty King Charles Wisely Number you are speaking volumes to the people who believe in him, an attack on this institution is not only an attack on their cultural identity but also an attack on the entire community worldwide this can only breed a lot of underground violence.
Their attempt before to link His Majesty King Charles Wisely Mumbere to fermenting tribal conflict in the region fell flat on its face and this can only indicate the regime is waging a protracted revenge of killings, torture, and exacting gross violation of human rights so as to coerce support.
Follow the news links here below to some of the stories from the area:
The Star, Kenya
Possible Massacre in Kasese Uganda
The Independent, UK
Fox News, US:
Daily Mail, UK
AllAfrica.com / the East African:
Uganda: 55 Killed in Uganda Clashes
Daily Nation, Nairobi:
14 police officers and 41 Ruwenzori assailants killed in Kasese clashes
It is time for all Ugandans, as well as Africa and the world at large, to wake up and act to save a nation that is sliding into the abyss. Uganda is bleeding because of Mr Museveni’s military coup in February 2016, when he forcefully grabbed power from the winning candidate in the Ugandan national elections, Dr Kizza Besigye.
Now that the whole country has rejected him, Museveni has resorted to using extreme violence as a tool for subjugating the Ugandan Populace.The security services must be reminded of their Constitutional obligation and must be told to operate within the law.