Lack of justice in Uganda massacres

kasese_district_map_2_005From HASSAN ONYANGO in Kampala, Uganda
KAMPALA, (CAJ News) – UGANDA is accused of sweeping under the carpet the death of over 100 people during last year’s clashes between royal guards and security forces at a palace of a local king west of the country.
The skirmishes which left 14 police officers dead in the East African country followed the joint police-military operations storming the palace of Charles Wesley Mumbere, king of the Rwenzururu, in November.
Six months later, while no military or police have been charged for their conduct during the violence, at least 180 civilians, including at least six children are currently on remand.
They face charges of murder, treason and terrorism, among other crimes.
“The Ugandan government took significant steps to charge almost 200 civilians for their alleged involvement in the violence in Kasese,” said Maria Burnett, East Africa Director at Human Rights Watch (HRW).
“But six months after this unexplained and overwhelming use of lethal force by the police and military, the government has taken no steps at all to investigate their role or to provide justice for the many victims.”
HRW is among 40 organizations that have demanded that the Ugandan government facilitate independent and transparent investigations with international expertise into the killings.
They called for a commission of inquiry involving parties involved in the clashes in Kasese.
In March, the European Union and member states with embassies in Uganda issued a statement calling on authorities to conduct investigations.
The government of President Yoweri Museveni has denied lacking independent investigative capability.
However, it has ignored calls for an independent investigation, saying that the matter was before court and therefore sub-judice, or pending litigation.

– CAJ News

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