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Ugandans want answers to Kasese bloodbath questions

The latest reports from restive Kasese district indicate that more than one hundred people have so far died in the violence that engulfed the area last weekend.

This death toll is by all standards unacceptable and thus calls for national mourning, investigation and reflection. It is inconceivable that this carnage was inevitable. Professional security forces across the world take pride in containing dangerous situations with minimum or no loss of life.

In our case, we had the police gloating about putting 40 or so royal guards “out of action” as if there was a state of real war in Kasese. This is unfortunate because all lives matter, including those of security officers and misguided insurgents.

Just as nothing justifies innocent police officers being killed in their line of duty, in the same vein no amount of provocation justifies indiscriminate killing of citizens by security forces.

To end his cycle of violence once and for all, the truth must first be established. That is critical because what the police have told the country doesn’t exactly match what some eyewitnesses, including area MPs, have said. Unfortunately, independent information is hard to come by, partly because the security officers involved made it a point to restrict journalists’ access to the areas where these killings unfolded.

The arrest of a journalist whose only crime was to record the day’s events shows just how determined the security officers are to control information. As a result, Ugandans have been fed on the one narrative dictated by the police, which is hardly reliable.

The law should take its course with regard to the Omusinga and his subjects now under arrest. In addition, the government must convincingly explain the circumstances under which so many Ugandans, including police officers, were killed.

We should not just bury the dead and return to business as usual. Sweeping things under the carpet could explain why 50 years after the 1966 crisis when the state attacked the Kabaka’s palace; seven years after the September 2009 riots; and two years after the 2014 violence in Kasese and Bundibugyo, we have learnt nothing and forgotten nothing.

Ugandans deserve to know the whole truth. Only then can we establish who and what was responsible for this bloodshed and, on that basis, declare: never again!


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0 #1 braco 2016-12-03 18:50
What happened in kasese it's only God who knows.there are many contradicting stories. But one day the truth will be revealed. :
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+1 #2 Kino kika. 2016-12-04 22:16
Steady progress, even if people die(killed) without explanation. There are those who see the world from M7's side of view only. They call him father of the nation, and they want him to rule for life.
This is a country that has been thrown to the dogs and we the citizens are seated watching as if it is a film show that is taking place, instead of standing up and shout loudly that enough is enough M7 must go together with his bunch of killers. My heart gets frozen while at times my blood starts boiling to see that incidents like that which took place in Kasese, goes down quietly without any response(reaction) from the public or at least from parliament.
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-1 #3 Dida 2016-12-05 00:44
Welcome back online the Observer.I wonder where you have been nevertheless you seem to be back at least for now.

I think that headlines in CAPS are a pain to look at and the Brand too.Are you screaming at us or someone else I don't know but at least that's what I think of the new layout.Please think about changing it.

I personally would like to see MKhisa back here with his interesting view points please.Thank you.
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0 #4 Akot 2016-12-05 19:26
A while ago, I said calling on tribes to Break away was no longer the answer because Museveni would destroy that tribe while the others just look on in silent fear!
Even when Ugandans are tired of me calling them to Unity, I will continue because I know, just as the rest of the world does, it's the only answer to Uganda hell situation!

The other tribal leaders MUST stand down from the post Museveni attributed them: they are not free but work for Museveni & he will not let them Break away because this will bring down his rule!

The only solution is UNITY OF ALL against the demon & ALL will be Free to form the kind of administration they want!

Such a pitty Ugandans are today the only people who do not see they hold the key to their Freedom through Unity behind just 1 opposition leader to throw Museveni out! :-x
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+1 #5 Akot 2016-12-07 19:15
Kino kika,

Thanks!
There can be no response to this because Uganda is no longer a country but 'tribally divided zone'! Not even Kasese people can save their 'king' because the boss is Museveni & no other & will be so until Ugandans decide otherwise in UNITY!

Now Ugandans know they can't even go for Tribal States: it's only UNITY to throw Museveni out that will open way for "Republic or Tribal States"!

Has Kasese king even been to East before & had any one there seen him before he was taken to be locked up?

Why was he not locked up in his Districe near his subjects?

Either Ugandans remain spectators of events in the country or become actors & throw the former asylum seeker out or he will just go on humiliating-looting to prove he is owner of Uganda & no one can defy him!
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0 #6 Kyaggwe 2017-01-12 23:16
When the importance of the ruler is greater than that of the nation and it's citizens, the Mengo and Kasese massacres are bound to happen.

This happened in Nazi Germany, Iraq, Stalin, USSR, and now Syria and Uganda: It's the scourge and curse of the 'irreplaceable and wise Leader'.

Germany, is thriving in the absence of the Fuhrer while, while Ghana is becoming a study in peaceful and democratic change. The nation belongs to the people and in this case, they should be able to freely choose who leads them - Lead and not rule.

Eldad.
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0 #7 Kyaggwe 2017-01-12 23:18
When the importance of the ruler is greater than that of the nation and its citizens, the Mengo and Kasese massacres are bound to happen.

This happened in Nazi Germany, Iraq, Stalin, USSR, and now Syria and Uganda: It's the scourge and curse of the 'irreplaceable and wise Leader'.

Germany, is thriving in the absence of the Fuhrer while, while Ghana is becoming a study in peaceful and democratic change. The nation belongs to the people and in this case, they should be able to freely choose who leads them - Lead and not rule.

Eldad.
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