Museveni travels to South Africa

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As fire rages on in Kasese between Government security forces and fighters loyal to Charles Mumbere, the Rwenzururu King, President Museveni has today flied to South Africa for a two-day working visit.

“I have left for South Africa on a two-day working visit,” the president said in part of his 21-word statement via his twitter handle.

“I will hold bilateral talks with His Excellency Jacob Zuma.” Museveni concluded.

Museveni’s visit comes on the heels of deadly conflicts that broke out at the royal palace of Mumbere which is the official seat of the Rwenzuru Kingdom that has existed his 2009 when the embattled King was crowned a king.

The latest fierce battles between the state forces and royal guards erupted on Saturday after royal guards reportedly stormed police stations in the western district with an aim of killing police personnel and steal their guns.

However, this culminated into a fight that left at least 14 police officers killed and 46 royal guards put out of action by security forces.

On Sunday, the situation worsened in the volatile district, with fire exchange between the worrying factions for more than two hours.

In the end, police confirmed that at least 42 guards lost their life in the process, 139 guards arrested and Mumbere himself arrested and airlifted to Kampala in a bid to calm down the situation.

 

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