On this day 5 years ago, a ruthless no nonsense commander at the then rank of Brigadier in the Uganda People’s Defence Forces, a one Peter Elwelu marched to the Kasese royal palace. His mission was as per the government version to combat a secessionist movement headed by the Omusinga Charles Wesley Mumbere the royal king of the Rwenzururu kingdom.

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Elwelu acting on the direct command of Gen. Yoweri Museveni who doubles as the Commander in Chief of all armed forces in Uganda presided over an unprecedented broad day decimation. The killings were indiscriminate as the bombardments and bullets killed women, children and youths who were trapped inside the palace with no place to run to.

Elwelu killed dozens of people. The Human rights watch disputed the 154 government death toll. In their independent probe, the Human Rights Watch stated a higher figure past 200. They resolved at a higher figure after interacting with numerous people who lost their loved ones in the carnage.

“The reason why government thinks the toll is at 154 is that they never got to the bottom line of the investigation. Some of the victims could not freely speak to the investigators in fear of being linked to the insurgency,” one of the HRW investigators reiterated. “We discovered abandoned ruins of children’s toys a sign that even minors were murdered in the pandemonium,” he stated further.

Five years down the road, the families remain dwelling under unfulfilled pledges. Their conditions are dire with children growing up parentless. Some of the alleged Rwenzururu royal guards were pardoned by Gen. Museveni during the recent election as a means to elevate his political leverage in the largely opposition stronghold. The Omusinga Charles Wesley remains restrained from accessing his kingdom. He is confined in the Kampala and Wakiso areas as per the bail terms granted by the war crimes division of the high court.

The lead butcher Peter Elwelu was elevated in ranks from Brigadier to Major General. He was even anointed a law maker representing the Uganda People’s Defence Forces in the eleventh parliament.

SEE ALSO: An insight into the Kasese palace raid

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