Rwenzururu Premier, Tourism Minister Arrested

Two senior officials in the Rwenzururu Kingdom are in police custody in connection with the weekend attacks in Kasese, Bundibugyo and Ntoroko districts.

According to Makune, if the security had acted, there wouldn’t have been an attack on the town.
According to Makune, if the security had acted, there wouldn’t have been an attack on the town.

Prime Minister Noah Nzaghale and the Minister for tourism Erisa Mwincubere were picked up at about 9am today from the kingdom offices in Kasese town.

The Kingdom spokesperson Joshua Baluku confirmed the arrest to our reporters.

Police spokesperson Fred Enanga said that the two are set to be interrogated on their involvement in the attacks happening in the region. Police intelligence indicates that the two are chief instigators behind the attackers.

Government has attributed the recent 13 attacks in the western region to tribal clashes between the Bamba, Basongora, Bakonzo and the Banyabindi communities. In his statement, President Yoweri Museveni says that the security forces are ready to deal with those inciting the tribal clashes.

Also still under arrest are the Rwenzururu kingdom Deputy Prime Minister Jeremiah Mutooro and the minister in charge of the veterans Misairi Mukwenda who are detained at Kanyamwirima Military barracks in Bundibugyo.

Nzaghale’s arrest comes a day after he remarked that the Rwenzururu Kingdom too is under attack by the ‘unknown gang’. He had written to the District security committee to beef up security at the Rwenzururu palace following a foiled attack on it on Tuesday night.

The attacks have so far claimed the lives of 90 people according to government official records.

The attacks have been carried out by a group of unknown youths who according to witness accounts descend from the mountains and hit security installations and banks.

At 9am the police and the UPDF soldiers in Kasese sealed off the offices of the Obusinga Bwa Rwenzururu located on Rwenzori road. Nzaghale was dragged out of his office and taken to Kasese Police Station.

Our reporter in Kasese town says that before the premier was arrested, the army first disarmed the royal guards and ordered all the other staff out of the office.

The road where the offices are located was also closed and no vehicles and pedestrians are allowed to use it.

The police then closed the offices and started searching them.  The search of the offices comes after Kule Metusara, the chairperson of the ‘Esya Mango Sya Rwenzururu’, a pressure group of youth in Rwenzururu, was arrested last evening by a combined force of the army and police in Kasese town.