CDF Wamala Distances Self from Kasese Massacre

CDF Wamala Distances Self from Kasese Massacre

By Serestino Tusingwire

The Chief of Defence Forces Gen. Edward Katumba Wamala has distanced himself from the Rwenzururu attacks that left over 100 people dead and several others incarcerated.

The police in conjunction with military attacked the Rwenzururu palace after the King Charles Wesley Mumbere refused to heed to the government directive of surrendering royal guards.

While appearing before parliament’s committee on Defence and Internal Affairs on Thursday, Gen Wamala said he was not in Kasese at the time of the clashes and the final attack on the Palace.

Gen. Wamala also told the committee chaired by the Mityana Woman MP Judith Nabakooba that he is not the one who issued the final command to attack the palace thus should not be held accountable.

Responding to a question from Kaweme South MP Mubarak Munyagwa on justification of the force meted against the King prior to his arrest on the fateful day, Wamala said that he could not “micro-manage” the situation.

It should be remembered that at the end of November, the attack on Rwenzururu that was commanded by Brig Peter Elwelu left the whole palace crumbled down.

The king was arrested and is currently remanded in prison on murder charges as police prepares fresh charges against him.