Army kills royal guard, arrests Mumbere militiamen

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UPDF 2nd Division spokesperson, Maj. Peter Mugisa

Security operatives on Friday shot dead a man suspected to be a member of the Kirumiramutima, an armed group loyal to the King of Rwenzururu, Charles Wesley Mumbere.

Matayo Bighanzire, who has been the local council vice chairperson, was shot at his home in Ruhara village in Bwesumbu Sub County, Kasese district

According to Samson Bagenda, the Bwesumbu sub county chairperson, about seven UPDF soldiers first beat up Matayo, his wife and children before shooting him.

They reportedly accused him of being a royal guard of the Rwenzururu Kingdom yet he was a farmer with three cows.

In November last year, the army raided Bwesumbu sub county and battled Rwenzururu Kingdom militia killing 30 people in the process.

UPDF 2nd Division spokesperson, Maj. Peter Mugisa, said Matayo jumped through the window with two knives and grabbed one Private Wycliffe Amanya and stabbed him on the shoulder and head.

They officers from Kasangali Detach had waylaid Matayo at his house and that Pte Amanya shot the deceased in self-defence.

It came a fortnight after Mzee Arthur Mbarage, an elder and Councillor of Bwesumbo Sub County was ambushed and stabbed by unknown assailants.

According to Mugisa, Kirumiramutima group trains in Bunyangabu District, crosses R. Mubuku at night to Kasangali to terrorise locals.

On Saturday, during an operation at Bukala village in Kabonero sub county Bunyangabu district, two men said to be members of the militia attempted to disarm a soldier.

The soldier overpowered and arrested them. They are; Baluku Owemyaka and Bwambale, all residents of Bukala village.

They are said to have participated in the murder of police officers; AIP Simon Apiire and PC Ochama Saverio, attached to Kibiito police station.

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