We didn’t lie on Kasese report, says Nabakooba

Police and soldiers patrol in Kasese

The Chairperson of the Parliamentary Committee of Defence and Internal Affairs Judith Nabakooba has denied reports that the committee leadership lied to Parliament on the readiness of the report on the Kasese clashes of 2016.

Nabakooba who was accompanied by her deputy Kezekiah Mbogo told press that the committee could not rush since the Kasese issues were sensitive.

On January 11, 2018, the Deputy Speaker of Parliament Jacob Oulanyah summoned Nabakooba and her deputy to answer claims that they lied on the readiness of the committee report on the Kasese clashes of 2016.

Mbogo had informed the House that the report was ready for presentation to the House.

He was however, absent from the House when the report was supposed to be presented prompting Members of Parliament to raise concerns on his conduct.

Oulanyah advised that they would meet with the Committee leadership to discuss the issue and task the Vice Chairperson for an explanation.

Nabakooba told press that she met with the deputy speaker and explained the committee’s progress as far as the matter is concerned.

“We shall report on the 30th of January. As a committee, we are ready to give a feedback,” Nabakooba said.

She said there are issues that are sensitive and need time to scrutinise them.

“We are mindful of the people of Kasese but we need to be sensitive.”

In 2016, the security forces raided the palace of the Rwenzururu kingdom killing eight royal guards and arresting two others.

The raid was in response to militant attacks on police posts in the region two weeks earlier, allegedly perpetrated by the royal guards.

Subsequently, two Ugandan policemen were killed by an angry mob of civilians.

The police, accompanied by the Uganda People’s Defence Force (UPDF), then stormed the Rwenzururu royal palace and the ensuing fight resulted in the deaths of 87 royal guards and at least 14 policemen.

Charles Mumbere was arrested and charged with murder, terrorism and aggravated robbery.