The Rwenzururu kingdom palace and its administrative offices will remain closed until police investigations into the Kasese clashes are completed, the Rwenzori East Police Spokesperson, Sowed Mansur has disclosed. According to Mansur, no Obusinga official will be allowed to access both places since they are still regarded as crime scenes.
Asked whether the Omusinga Charles Wesley Mumbere will be allowed to access the palace and offices should he be granted bail, Mansur said that Mumbere would only be allowed to use his royal residence in Kampala. Currently, the Obusinga Bwa Rwenzururu has opened new administration offices in Kasese town. The Kingdom rents a two roomed office space at Divine Guest house on Henry Bwambale road in Kasese Town as an emergency office as they look at means of accessing the original kingdom administration offices on Alexander Street.
The Obusinga offices were closed by security forces on November 26, 2016 following a joint raid by Uganda People’s Defense Forces and police, which claimed the lives of eight people. Enock Muhindo, the Speaker of the Obusinga House of Representatives, told URN recently that they decided to open new offices to allow them run kingdom activities.
Muhindo says the emergency offices will be used to coordinate activities of the institution especially peace negotiations. He explains that basing on the detention of the king and the prime minister, he had to sit down with some clan leaders to work out procedures of how to gain peace and restore hope among kingdom subjects.
King Mumbere, his prime Minister and 161 royal guards were remanded to Luzira Prisons on 41 counts including murder, treason, aggravated robbery and malicious damage to property among others.