The Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga tasked the Uganda Human Rights Commission to investigate the clashes that left over 90 dead.
Parliament sat today for the second time since the killings in Kasese and as expected, the Kasese killings were discussed for another time.
“The Uganda Human Rights commission should conduct investigation into the human rights violation accusations,” she told the house.
MPs had earlier complained about how the people found at the palace were handled by security as they carried out the raid. MPs from Kasese alleged that the victims were stripped nude during the raid.
“My brother had never been to the palace before. He was a peasant, he didn’t know anything about politics or the kingdom,” Kikanda Bwambale, who is still looking for the body of his elder brother, Siriro was quoted in international “I think he’s been shot.”
When the clashes first broke out on Saturday, Siriro had visited the palace to discuss a land issue, according to Bwambale. That day, clashes broke out between royal guards and Ugandan police that left nearly 90 dead.
Tembo Jockim of the Ugandan Red Cross says many people remain missing.
“Civilians, wives to the royal guards were at the palace and we know that in the palace there were children and they’re seen neither in police custody nor in the death list,” Jockim said.
“We have a problem of militarization of political issues in Uganda,” Buliisa County MP, Stephen Mukitale said. “I don’t want us to make Obote (Milton) and Amin (Idi) heroes by attacking the cultural institutions,” he added.
He suggested that the Rwenzururu king, Charles Wesley Mumbere, who is currently under remand at Nalufenya be released and instead put under house arrest, a suggestion supported by Kawempe legislator, Latif Ssebaggala and Francis Mwijuikye of Buhweju.
Ssebaggala said he wouldn’t be settled if it is the Kabaka of Buganda in prison.
“We can talk all we want but I can’t imagine if the Kabaka of Buganda was in prison….. I wouldn’t be settled,” he said.
Mwijukye requested government to release the king so peace talks could begin. “We recommend that the King be released so that peace talks can begin.”
“As Parliament, we need to encourage dialogue between government and the Leadership of Kasese,” Lira district woman legislator, Joy Atim Ongom submitted.