Rwenzori MPs call for special investigation into clashes

Members of Parliament hailing from Rwenzori region yesterday called for special investigations into the causes of the ongoing killings in Bundibugyo, Kasese and Ntoroko districts as majority cast doubt on whether killings were instigated by tribal clashes.

The law makers that Daily Monitor interviewed separately regretted the killings that have left over 100 people including attackers, policemen, civilians and soldiers dead and 125 suspects detained.
The MPs also held a crisis meeting at Parliament yesterday where they resolved, according to Kasese Municipality MP James Mbahimba, to compel government to prevail over the situation to prevent more deaths and address land wrangles that are partly blamed for accelerating conflict in the region.

The woman MP for Kasese District, Winfred Kiiza, dismissed the army and police’s consistent assertion that the killings were as a result of the ongoing tribal clashes. “I don’t want to think this is a tribal clash and I cannot rule out aspects of a looming ADF attack because security has been warning people about a looming attack. Some people were buried in a mass grave and nobody can tell us they knew them. We are suspecting elements of the ADF,” said Ms Kiiza.

The attackers are widely believed to be part of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), an onoff rebel movement that has been fighting President Museveni’s government periodically over the years.
Other legislators like Joseph Matte, William Nzoghu, Bwambale Bihande, and Boaz Kafuda pointed to a re-emergence of ADF rebels or a new group of rebels as others pinned government as having vested interests in the potentially oil-rich districts.

The Minister of Defence, Dr Crispus Kiyonga who hails from the region however disregarded the MPs remarks and described the occurrences as a “local situation,”.

The Minister of Defence, Dr Crispus Kiyonga, who also hails from the region, however, disregarded the MPs remarks and described the occurrences as a “local situation,”. “We do not think it is the ADF and I do not want us to blame anyone at this time. We are investigating the matter and we do not want to preempt the investigations,” said the minister.

The Deputy Police spokesperson, Ms Polly Namaye said the attackers were coordinated by local leaders and politicians, who are yet to be summoned for interrogation.

mnalugo@ug.nationmedia.com

SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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