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Former Tooro Premier Protests Withdrawal of Security

Irumba explains that that the Office of the Prime Minister assigned him two police guards last year after unidentified people raided his farm and killed several animals before they drove away with several others.

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Former Tooro Kingdom Prime Minister, Stephen Irumba, is protesting the withdrawal of security guards government assigned to him following threats on his life over his land.

Irumba explains that the Office of the Prime Minister assigned him two police guards last year after unidentified people raided his farm and killed several animals before they drove away with several others.

He says the attackers also circulated information that they would kill him. Irumba, however, says that he was shocked when the officers who had camped at his farm located in Kyegegwa district were withdrawn over the weekend without any explanation.

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Irumba has been feuding with government for allegedly grabbing 200 acres of his land and turning it into a refugee settlement. The disputed land is adjacent to Kyaka I Refugee Settlement where the Relief, Disaster Preparedness and Refugees Ministry resettled more than 100 families in 2016.

Irumba says that when he appeared before the Justice Catherine Bamugemereire Commission in March this year, it was resolved that the refugee settlement be relocated from his land.

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Benon Byamukama, the Kyegegwa District Police Commander, says he received a directive from the Office of the Prime Minister to withdraw the police officers deployed to guard Irumba's farm.

Byamukama says they have advised the former premier to apply for personal security through the office of the Inspector General of Police. Julius Mucunguzi, the communications officer in the Office of the Prime Minister, advises Irumba to follow the right channels to resolve his grievances.

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However, Irumba insists that his security should be reinstated because his life and that of his family members are in danger, adding that the decision to withdrawal the security could be an attempt to silence him into surrendering his land to government.