Ugandan King Arrested For Murder After Pushing For Secession

Ugandan King Arrested For Murder After Pushing For Secession

By Ima Matthew | Sub Editor on December 2, 2016
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Ugandan President, Yoweri Museveni speaks during the London Summit on Family Planning organized by the UK Government and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation with the United Nations Population Fund, UNFPA, in central London Wednesday July 11, 2012. (Photo Credit: AP/Carl Court, Pool)

The king of a region in Uganda has been charged with murder after clashes with security forces over the weekend in which at least 87 people were killed.

Charles Mumbere was detained after government forces raided his palace in the Rwenzururu region on Saturday, november 26 2016 after being identified as a major suspect in a murder case.

The authorities accused him of launching a secessionist movement to create a new state, to be called Yiira.

King Charles Mumbere (pictured) is accused of separatism by the government
King Charles Mumbere (pictured) is accused of separatism by the government

The murder charges relate to the killing of a police officer in March, not to the unrest over the weekend.

King Charles has denied any involvement in the violence claiming he is innocent and has no hand in the case.

At least 16 police officers and 46 royal guards were killed in the clashes in Kasese district, according to official figures.

Human rights campaigners are urging an independent investigation into the violence after pictures emerged of bodies dumped with hands tied behind their backs.

The government denies carrying out extrajudicial killings in the region.

Questioned about the raid, Gen Jeje Odong, Uganda’s minister for internal affairs, said: “What happened is a situation of self-defence.

“What do you do if I come to you, wanting to pierce you with a knife? Do you allow me to do it? Or you try to protect yourself?”

This story was originally published on BBC.

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