Uganda: Police, volunteers renew cycle of bloodshed

uganda-police-bloodshedFrom HASSAN ONYANGO in Kampala, Uganda
KAMPALA, (CAJ News) – THE death of over 60 people during clashes between police and guards of a local king are the latest in a series of bloodshed in a volatile region west of Uganda.
At least 46 royal guards were killed and 139 others arrested after attacks on several police stations.
Royal guards, who voluntarily provide security to the customary king, killed at least 14 police officers.
The king Charles Mumbere, has been arrested and detained without charge.
Footage shows people being summarily shot dead and their bodies dumped.
National television shows bodies of young men dumped on river banks and bushes.
“The events are yet another tragic loss of life in Rwenzori, which has already suffered many deaths,” said Maria Burnett, Africa director at Human Rights Watch.
Early 2016, members of te Bakonzo and Bamba ethnic groups clashed after contested elections and political infighting.
At least 30 were killed.
Ugandan police and military subsequently killed at least 17 civilians.
A police officer and two soldiers were killed.
Earlier, a group allegedly from the Bakonzo ethnic group attacked soldiers in Hima, stabbing and injuring four.

Soldiers fatally shot two people.

More incidents ensued resulting in the deaths of six royal guards.

at least 100 people have been killed this year.

There has been scant investigation of the conduct of government forces.

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