Kasese Massacre was caused by Government — Centenary

Kasese Massacre was caused by Government — Centenary

By Serestino Tusingwire

The Kasese Municipality MP, Hon Robert Centenary has said that government is solely to blame for the mass killings that happened at Obusinga Bwa Rwenzururu palace in Kasese district over the weekend.

While responding to Internal Affairs Minister, Gen. Jeje Odongo’s statement on the fate of Kasese, Centenary told the Tuesday plenary that reports that it was the royal guards who attacked security first are false.

He said;

“I bleed in tears, when I see MPs clap at the Minister’s statement which is a false account of what happened.

The minister’s statement on the Kasese Clashes is a false one; allow us (Kasese MPs) to give our side of the story.

MPs from Kasese were to meet the president on matters of Kasese, the meeting was to be at 8am, we met him at 9pm.

We were informed that the President was meeting with NRM leaders with a proposal to divide Kasese.

The palace was sealed off, at about midnight, the Omusinga received a phone call from the President who ordered him to surrender his cultural guards.

We requested MP Katusabe to go and negotiate with the King, it was agreed that the royal guards be handed over.

As MP Katusabe was informing the CDF Gen. Wamala of the King’s acceptance, he was told to leave the palace.

As we reached Kasese town, we were informed that the palace was bombed.”

However, according to police statement, it’s the royal guards who attacked a UPDF senior officer with an improvised explosive having refused to heed to police directive of handing over the firearms.

That prompted the army to retaliate in what turned in a heavy gunfire exchange.

The fight that too close to two days left over 100 people dead, 146 arrested including the king, while other fled their homes.