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Kasese Attacks: Relatives of the Dead Relive Bitter Memories

Relatives of people killed in last years attacks in Kasese district are yet to come to terms with the loss of their loved ones. More than 100 people mostly royal guards were killed when the Uganda People Defence Forces-UPDF soldiers attacked Omusinga Charles Wesley Mumberes Buhikira palace. Fourteen police officers were also killed in different parts of the district.

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Relatives of people killed in last year's attacks in Kasese district are yet to come to terms with the loss of their loved ones.

More than 100 people mostly royal guards were killed when the Uganda People Defence Forces-UPDF soldiers attacked Omusinga Charles Wesley Mumbere's Buhikira palace. Fourteen police officers were also killed in different parts of the district.

One year after the killings, some relatives URN reporter spoke to relive the memories of those killed and how they are trying to cope without them.

Ali Baluku, a resident of Nyamwamba Division lost his son Robert Baluku, a police Constable attached to Maliba Police Post. Baluku was hacked to death on the eve of the palace attack, while manning the police post.

Baluku says that since the death of his son, he has struggled to look after the deceased's children and widow. He explains that the three children have not been able to constantly attend school this year due to lack of money.

He adds that he has tried to seek audience with the police leadership for support in vain.

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Charles Kule, a resident of Kisinga Sub County, remembers the traumatizing moment when he had to identify the body of his brother, a royal guard from the pile of bodies at Kasese Municipal Mortuary. 

Kule says that his brother Joseph Muhindo was a bread winner in the family and now he has the burden of looking after the deceased's family.

Augustine Mwesige, an elder in Kasese says that families who lost their loved ones should be given justice. He adds that there should also be investigations on the motives of the palace attack.

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Moses Nzoghu, a resident of Nyakasanga village in Kasese Municipality, says that the attacks in Kasese were unfortunate. He wants government to come out and explain the fate of their cultural institution.

Nzoghu is also concerned that in some parts of the district Bakonzo killed their fellow tribesmen. He cited the attacks on the police post and killing of police officers, some of whom were Bakonzo.

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Clarence Bwambale, the Spokesperson Obusinga Bwa Rwenzururu says the government should allow the Bakonzo rebuild the institution, which he says is no more following the destruction of the palace and the house arrest, in Kampala, of Omusinga Charles Wesley Mumbere.

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On Monday morning, police blocked some district leaders led by the Local Council 5 Chairperson, Sibendire Bigogo, who had gathered at Rwenzori Square to remember those killed.

Julius Tusingwire, the Rwenzori East Police Commander says that the leaders did not seek permission from police.

The army and police remain deployed in several parts of Kasese town.

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