Sunday, 23 June 2013
FIRE OUTBREAKS IN BUNDIBUGYO IN SUSPECTED TRIBAL HICAPS AHEAD ON RWENZURURU CEREMONY
Tensions are running high in Bundibugyo district as suspected tribal attacks start ahead of the June 30th Rwenzururu Kingdom peace day celebrations.
Rwenzururu King Charles Wesley Mumbere Iremangoma is set to lead his subjects in celebrations to mark when the Kingdom flag was hoisted for the first time when the Bakonzo and Bamba declared independence from Tooro Kingdom on June 30, 1962.
However, the Bamba/Bawisi who are planning to install their own king under the Obundingiya bwa Bwamba cultural institution do not want King Mumbere to step foot in Bundibugyo claiming that his center of operation should remain Kasese where he has a palace.
This morning, police arrested the Chairman LC I of a village outside Nyahuka town council following an overnight fire incident that burnt three houses that have been abandoned by Bakonzo families. No casualties and property lose was recorded because the houses are abandoned.
The Bundibugyo district police commander Denis Namuwoza who declined to identify the suspect, says he belongs to the Bawisi tribe. His vice chairman is also on the run.
The DPC says that the chairman LC I was arrested with the help of a police dog which entered his house and that of his vice.
Namuwoza says, last night incidents follows two other attempts to burn houses in Bundibugyo town on Tuesday and Friday nights respectively.
The two different fires were planned in the same way using a plastic material with ash and containers of petrol with strings connected to the target houses, the DPC confirms.
Namuwoza says the Tuesday night fire targeted a business house on the main street while that of Friday was at Alpha Nursery school both belonging to Bakonzo investors.
A Mukonzo man only identified as Mbusa has since been arrested also with the help of a police dog.
The DPC who says investigations are ongoing warns that police will not sit to watch when people are using the advantage of cultural tensions to paralyze business in Bundibugyo. END