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The Kampala riots and their aftermath

Discussion in 'Ugandan News and Politics' started by Namtih58, Sep 10, 2009.

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    Namtih58 JF-Expert Member

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    At least 8 people have been killed in riotsin Kampala's central business district, Uganda, on Thursday, as Buganda monarchists protested what they say is government mistreatment of their King, Ronald Mutebi.

    Among the dead is a policeman who, according to reports, was shot near the Total petrol station in the suburb of Nsambya by rioting youth after they disarmed him.

    Three civilains were killed by police in the city centre, one in the Bwaise area, and another in Nateete.

    Nsambya, where the policeman is killed, is where the main Catholic-run hospital in Kampala and the US embassy are based.

    Tension has been mounting in recent weeks between the central government and members of the Buganda kingdom over land rights, and a recent decision by the state to block the King from travelling to a part of his kingdom where local residents resent him.

    Military Police took to the streets of Kampala, firing live ammunition to disperse Buganda pro-monarchist protesters.

    President Yoweri Museveni is expected to address a press conference on the tensions later Thursday evening.

    http://www.nation.co.ke/News/-/1056/655920/-/umtdsv/-/index.html
     
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    I mourn their death,

    but People on the picture donot show any sympathy or sign of mercy, cant even cover the corpses where is the love & humanity??

    Inaonekana kama hii kitu isnt new to them.

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    yesterdayn night when adressing the public mr. M7 sets conditions for Kabaka's visit to Kayunga. To day there is rumours that at Mikono District riot has erupted and unt riot police are on the way to stop!! at least now 5 people confirmed dead result of yesterday violent!
     
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    Its sad when people lose their lives in such a manner.
     
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    Very sad! This lady is very strong! she is busy taking pic!
     
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    Maybe she is a journalist
     
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    Agencies
    Kampala/Mengo

    Three other radio stations have been closed down by the broadcasting council over allegedly inciting violence.

    The stations include, Suubi, Sapientia and Kaboozi ku bbiri. This brings the number of radios stations that have been switched off air to four.

    Yesterday the Broadcasting Council confiscated the transmission equipment of the Buganda Kingdom-owned CBS FM.

    Addressing journalists at the media center, the Broadcasting Council chairperson, Godfrey Mutabazii also announced a ban on all public debates commonly known as bimeeza.

    He warns that whoever continues to host them shall be dealt with accordingly.

    The stations were airing news and commentary about the continuing riots in Kampala. The Broadcasting Council said the stations are being investigated for inciting violence in the capital.

    President Yoweri Museveni, in a pre-recorded television address aired yesterday, accused CBS FM of engaging in an active campaign against the NRM government. Although he admitted to only listening to CBS FM once, he said he was shocked by the insults heaped against him. He said his government would not suffer any more abuse against them.

    In the meantime, the CBS offices in Bulange, Mengo, the administrative seat of Buganda remain sealed off from the public.

    Earlier in the day it was expected that officials of the Mengo government would hold a press conference to discuss President Museveni’s address and police action blocking Kabaka Mutebi from visiting Kayunga district. However before the press conference could take place, Bulange was surrounded by heavily armed military police.

    About 50 heavily-armed military police stormed Bulange. A road grader was parked directly in front of the gate into Bulange and protestors around Kabaka Anjagalla Road fled the scene. Many of the kingdom officials who were supposed to attend the press conference also fled.

    Journalists covering the event were surrounded and many of them fled into the CBS offices where they remain holed up.
     
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    Risdel Kasasira & Mercy Nalugo
    Kampala

    President Museveni finally spoke to the Kabaka on Wednesday night after two years of trying but he failed to mend fences with the traditional leader. Mr Museveni, in a statement aired last night on the state-owned Radio Uganda, revealed that he had tried to speak to the Kabaka several times in vain.

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    “I rang His Highness but he could not pick my calls or even return the courtesy,” President Museveni said. “His Highness could not pick calls [from] the President of Uganda who led the struggle to restore traditional institutions.”

    Mr Museveni, citing the Kiganda saying, ‘Gwo’wonya e’ggere y’alikusambya [No good intention goes unpunished] said his effort in restoring traditional kingdoms, including that of Buganda, had gone unrecognised by the Kabaka in this matter.

    “This issue first came up in May and ever since it came up I have been trying to talk to him and he persistently refused to answer my calls,” Mr Museveni said.

    “Last evening at 8p.m., I told [Principal Private Secretary Amelia Kyambadde] to call Kabaka again. This time the Kabaka responded. He rang Amelia and Amelia called me but I was having dinner with guests and I told her I was not in position to talk.

    “Amelia again called at 10.30p.m. and I was able to talk to His Highness. I asked His Highness why he didn’t want to answer my calls for the last two years. He said he was not aware I had been ringing him.”

    President Museveni said he asked the Kabaka why the Buganda Kingdom radio, CBS, was abusing and “demonising” the President and his ruling National Resistance Movement party.
    The Kabaka, according to President Museveni, responded: “I don’t believe it’s true.”


    The President added: “The Kabaka said that it was not necessary for him to answer my calls because he does not deal with political matters.”
    This, the President said, showed that Mengo, the seat of Buganda Kingdom, does not differentiate between cultural and political issues. Mr Museveni said that he does not want to deal with the Katikkiro who is not an elected official.

    “I am not an employee of the Katikkiro,” Mr Museveni said. “I am the President of Uganda”

    The President then proposed to meet the Kabaka on Thursday but the Kabaka said the meeting should be held on another day.
    The President called Internal Affairs Minister Kirunda Kivejinja yesterday morning and asked him to organise a meeting with the Katikkiro of Buganda and the leader of the Banyala tribe which is seeking autonomy from Buganda and is opposed to the Kabaka’s visit to Kayunga.

    The President’s call for a meeting to resolve the issue is unlikely to help, however, after officials from Mengo revealed that the Kabaka had pulled the plug on such a meeting.

    Events then took a downward spiral yesterday after the Katikkiro was blocked from visiting Kayunga, leading to an outbreak of riots in Kampala and surrounding areas.
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    President Museveni yesterday met Members of Parliament from Buganda but it is not clear what decisions, if any, were reached in that meeting that lasted for several hours at State House in Entebbe.

    It is also not clear whether there is any more dialogue planned between the central government and Buganda today. Without a resolution of the matter, the stage could be set for further clashes tomorrow if, as expected, the Kabaka and his subjects go ahead with their planned visit to Kayunga District.

    If relations between the President and the Kabaka are to improve, the next conversation between the two leaders will have to happen sooner – and not after two years – and be more friendly.
     
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    East Africa Federation in the making!

    1. Museveni v/s Baganda (aka Kabaka Muteesa)
    2. Kibaki (aka Mungiki) v/s Raila (aka Luo)
    3. Kikwete (aka Vi**di) v/s Zanzibari (aka Wapemba)
     
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    [​IMG] The wreckage of a bus that was set ablaze in Busega, west of the city Kampala

    By Vision Reporters


    SIX MORE people were killed yesterday in the riots that hit various parts of Buganda for a second day, bringing the death toll to at least eleven.

    The New Vision
    saw three bodies being brought into the city mortuary early on Friday morning and another three later in the day.
    Kampala riots claim eleven lives

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    Two of them were burned to death by a mob in Ndeeba, a Kampala suburb. Among the dead was also a Senior Three student from Lubiri Secondary School.

    In addition, two people died of gunshot wounds on Thursday night in Kawempe. One of them was identified as Yawe Wesige Mukama.

    Another 18 people were yesterday injured in the mayhem that continued to engulf Kampala, Wakiso, Masaka, Mityana and Mukono, bringing the total number of wounded to about 60.
    Ten of them had been hit by stray bullets in battles between the Police and civilians while the others were hit by stones thrown by rioters.

    According to eyewitness accounts, people were dragged out of cars at road blocks in several parts of the city for looking like Banyankole, and beaten up.

    “You are not a Muganda,” a female passenger was told by youth manning a road block in Namirembe on Thursday night. She was saved from the irate mob by a patrol Police.

    The Kabaka's visit which was scheduled today was called off pending talks with the central Government according to Mengo.

    The Mengo deputy minister for information, Medard Lubega Segoona, said a new date for the visit would be announced.

    The Police spokesperson, Judith Nabakooba, said 64 people were arrested in the two days of violence.

    The most affected suburbs in Friday’s riots were Natete, Nansana, Ndeeba, Kalerwe, Kansanga, Bakuli, Nakulabye, Katwe, Kasubi, Bwaise and Najjanankumbi.

    There was gunfire in some parts of Kampala as early as 7:00am. The army deployed heavily in Natete, where rioters a day earlier had set ablaze the Police station and 25 vehicles parked there. Soldiers banned residents from walking in groups.

    Violent scenes played out in Nansana, a city suburb, as rioters at dawn barricaded the roads with logs and lit bonfires, blocking all traffic.

    This prompted the Police and the army to swing into action. Armed with automatic rifles and aboard armoured vehicles, they dispersed the youth, only for them to return again later and set up a new road block.
     
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    This looks like the beginning of the end for Kabaka Ronald Mutebi

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    The "Kabaka", title for the Buganda king, caused his own abolition in 1966 as a result of going on a collision course with the central government. I very much fear that history may repeat itself after the Kabakaship has been restored by the ruling regime in early nineties.
     
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    Ukabila, ukabila,ukabila, ukabila!
     
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    Haya Museveni - haya ni mavuno ya cheap politics za kurudisha uchifu. Uliona Obote chizi?
     
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    Au nyerere for that matter? hii falsafa ya eti 'mguu uugangao vidonda ndio huo huo ukupigao teke' ndio anaijua leo?
     
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    wrong... very wrong...there's no dignity for the dead? majority have beome paparazzi taking pictures and leaving the dead with no respect?May all the victims rest in peace...
     
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    Could BE!, :rolleyes:

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    Monitor Team
    Kampala

    Security agents yesterday picked up Kyaddondo South MP Issa Kikungwe as the government moved to crack down on alleged ring leaders of the violent riots that engulfed Kampala following strained relations between the central government and Buganda Kingdom.

    As Mr Kikungwe was being picked up from Lweza Catholic parish where he had been invited to preside over the youth day celebrations as chief guest, Police chief Kale Kayihura told journalists that another victim of the violence had died, bringing the total deaths to 15. (See story on page 5).

    Eyewitness said the Democratic Party MP was called out in the middle of the church mass that had preceded the celebrations and whisked away in a tinted white Land Rover Reg. No. UAJ 602Q by plain clothed security operatives; bringing the celebrations to an instant end.

    Ms Judith Nabakooba, the police spokesperson said last evening that Mr Kikungwe was arrested in connection with the riots that started in Kampala but spread to at least five other districts of Mukono, Kayunga, Mityana, Mubende and Masaka following a decision by the government to block Kabaka Ronald Mutebi’s scheduled visit to Kayunga. “According to information available so far, he (Mr Kikungwe) is one of the ring leaders who incited violence in Kampala,” Ms Nabakooba told Daily Monitor by telephone.

    It was not clear where the MP was being held by press time. DP Secretary General Mathias Nsubuga told Daily Monitor yesterday that colleagues and family were still tracing for the whereabouts of Mr Kikungwe. In an different incident, the Police yesterday deployed heavily to stop Makindye East MP Michael Mabikke from addressing a rally in Kabalagala.

    The arrest of Mr Kikungwe came on the backdrop of a government warning to the DP and the Forum for Democratic Change leaders from politicising Buganda Kingdom issues. “The government has noted that there are certain elements dragging cultural institutions into partisan politics in contravention of Article 246 of the Constitution,” acting Information Minister Daudi Migereko told journalists at the media centre.

    Mr Migereko, who singled out the FDC and DP, said the government will not hesitate to act. But FDC spokesman Wafula Oguttu laughed off Mr Migereko’s warning saying the party will continue to engage the Kabaka just as President Museveni does. DP President General Ssebaana Kizito said the party was not about to stop consulting or interacting with the Kabaka, because among others – they were his subjects.

    “Mr Migereko does not understand these matters he should concentrate on Busoga’s affairs. We are Kabaka’s subjects, so how can we avoid him?” Mr Ssebaana asked.

    Yesterday’s developments came in the wake of emerging information that President Museveni and the Kabaka are this week expected to meet for showdown talks.

    Sources close to the Presidency told Daily Monitor yesterday that Mr Museveni placed a telephone call to Mr Mutebi on Saturday, speaking for close to an hour and an agreement was made for round table face-to-face discussions.
     
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    kazi ipo uganda
     
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