However during the scuffle between the military and the royal guards an unspecified number of the royal guards were killed according to Nsamba
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The situation is tense in Kasese district as the police and the Uganda People’s Defense Forces (UPDF) mounted an operation to recover all illegal fire arms from the Rwenzururu kingdom royal guards.
A joint operation by the police and the UPDF sealed off the major streets in Kasese town including the official residence of Omusinga Charles Wesley Mumbere and ordered all the civilian royal guards to vacate the place.
Five people including two policemen attached to Maliba police post were killed in the scuffle between the royal guards and the military personnel.
The 305 UPDF brigade spokesperson Lt Amos Nsamba said that the operation was aimed at ensuring that all illegal fire arms in the hands of the royal guards attached to the Obusinga Bwa Rwenzururu are recovered.
“We conducted a joint operation with the police in Kasese in order to recover all the illegal fire arms in the hands of the royal guards including the knives and spears,” Nsamba said.
However during the scuffle between the military and the royal guards an unspecified number of the royal guards were killed according to Nsamba.
“As of now I cannot tell how many have been killed but we have also lost two police officers attached to Maliba police post who were attacked and hacked to death by unknown people,” Nsamba said.
He however acknowledged that the UPDF and the Police had sealed off Mumbere’s palace and the kingdom administration offices in Kasese town in order to recover some of the illegal fire arms in their hands.
The 2nd UPDF division commander Brig. Peter Elwelu and other security officers pitched camp at Kasese central police station where they were overseeing the operation.
Several streets in Kasese town were deserted and businesses closed early as the police and the army started patrolling the town.
“We were so scared when we heard the gunshots then we saw the UPDF and Police patrolling the town we closed our shops and went back to our homes,” said Musinguzi Moses a trader in Kasese main market.