Rwenzururu Kingdom Denies Militia Links

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But shortly after the attack, Lt. Rwemijuma said the attacks were not connected to the Islamist ADF rebel group, which was last active in the area more than a decade ago. Instead he suspected that the attacks were carried out by Rwenzururu extremists who wanted to collect arms to wage a tribal war in the region.

Rwenzururu Kingdom has denied links with the people involved in the “co-ordinated attacks” on police stations and military barracks in Kasese, Ntoroko and Bundibugyo districts on Saturday.

The UPDF spokesperson for Rwenzori Region Lt. Ninsiima Rwemijuma had alleged that Rwenzururu extremists were behind the attacks in the two districts. Reports indicate that at least 70 people were killed in the wave of attacks. The dead included 41 gunmen and over 20 policemen and civilians.

In Bundibugyo, a group of thugs attacked Kicho Police Post and Bundibugyo Police Station and killed two policemen. In the attack, the two men killed were Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Mugume Bataka Wilson and Police Constable Aliga Swaibu.

Meanwhile in Kasese, a group of unknown people attacked policemen guarding a weigh bridge station along the Kasese-Mbarara highway, killing one and injuring another before taking off with their guns. The attackers stole 13 guns from the police stations they raided, the army has confirmed.

But shortly after the attack, Lt. Rwemijuma said the attacks were not connected to the Islamist ADF rebel group, which was last active in the area more than a decade ago. Instead he suspected that the attacks were carried out by Rwenzururu extremists who wanted to collect arms to wage a tribal war in the region.

However, Rwenzururu Prime Minister Noah Nzaghale rubbished the claim and referred to the attack as a silly mission which the kingdom could not have been party to. He condemned the attacks, calling on the government through its security agencies to investigate the matter to a logical conclusion.

Nzagale further asked the people of Rwenzururu ‘The Banyarwenzuru’  to remain calm event as tensions mount.