Ugandan police again arrest traditional king over November clashes



Ugandan police have re-arrested King Charles Wesley Mumbere who was granted bail by a court, a judicial official said on Saturday.

The tribal leader of the Bakonzo people found in the Rwenzori region near Uganda’s border with the Democratic Republic of Congo was first arrested and detained in November after his guards clashed with the Ugandan police.

The royal guards are said to have declined an order by security forces to disarm and surrender, leading to a stand-off and a raid on the King’s residence by the police.

More than 60 people were killed in the clashes that ensued.

The Rwenzori region overwhelmingly backed President Yoweri Museveni’s main rival in the 2015 election.

Government critics accuse security forces of deliberately stoking unrest in the area because of its backing for the opposition. Rights group Amnesty International said security forces carried out extrajudicial killings in the November clashes.

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