NRM Youth To Protest Kasese Massacre, Demand Action
By Venenscias Kiiza
National Resistance Movement youth leaders together with others from different political parties under their umbrella Interparty Youth Platform have threatened countrywide protests if government does not come out to explain circumstances that led to the recent Kasese turmoil.
They are of the view that government is hiding a lot form Ugandans in regard to what is happening on the ground save for sugar coating the situation by arresting and charging the Omusinga Charles Wesley Mumbere.
“We urgently call for a meaningful dialogue between government, the Obusinga Bwa Rwenzururu Kingdom and other actors for the purpose of resolving contentious issues affecting the Kingdom. If this is not done, we shall mobilize countrywide and pour on streets as a pass of no confidence in our systems, “Said Kennedy Oluma, the platform’s chairperson.
More than 60 people, including 16 police officers, perished in the latest skirmishes that initially began in the neighboring Kabarole District last Thursday before culminating in the Sunday invasion of the royal palace.
While addressing gathered journalists in Ntinda on Thursday, the youth said, government should institute an independent commission of inquiry into the circumstances that led to the skirmishes and whoever is found culpable should not be spared at all, let it be the King himself.
“We ask all cultural and political actors to refrain from uttering statements that can fuel more violence among the people,” added, Paul Ssembajjwe, IYP’s coordinator.
IYP members have since condemned in strong measures, the “inhumane treatment of all people who were arrested, undressed and tied” saying this was a total violation of their fundamental human rights and freedoms.
“We the youth leaders from 8 political parties including the ruling NRM, call on government to take all necessary steps to address issues of National cohesion and reconciliation by resolving issues within the body politics which seem to make the country tear part, thereby forcing citizens to shift allegiance to their local formations,” Kennedy concluded.
Youth countrywide regardless of their political parties have since been urged to shun all violent approaches to solving matters of concern.
The developments that unfolded on the 26th and 27th were a climax of a long standing and unresolved conflict in the region that began to manifest on 2012 leading to tribal clashes and attacks on police and military installation in 2014 and violence was also witnessed recently following the end of 2016 general elections.