Thursday, 2 August 2012

Kasese residents want RDCs out

Residents accuse the RDCs of siding with the Basongora Kingdom Look out for public reactions in the daily monitor on the link Residents of Kasese District are collecting signatures to ask President Museveni to fire area Resident District Commissioners over alleged incompetence. In the July 17 letter written by the leader of opposition in the district council, Mr Elly Magwalha Masereka, and signed by 60 residents, they accuse the Resident District Commissioner, Lt. Milton Odongo, and his deputy, Mr Aminadabu Muhindo, of failing to restore peace in the area. The RDCs are two months old in the district. “Mr President, the two officers mentioned above [RDCs] have failed to bring to order one Rutakirwa Ivan Bwebale (The Basongora king) who was at the centre of disrupting the Rwenzururu Independence Day, this was characterised by inciting the Basongora to rebel against Rwenzururu Kingdom” the letter reads in part. It adds: “Both the Basongora and RDC were treacherous to the Rwenzururu Kingdom on the following reasons; ordering the schools not to sing the Rwenzururu anthem, never to see the Rwenzururu flag risen in the primary schools in 20 out of 29 sub-counties and the plan to over throw the Rwenzururu Kingdom.” The Basongora also blame the RDC for allegedly failing to defend them when they were attacked by the Rwenzururu youth who carried away the royal flag and drum from Muhokya. But Mr Odongo said: “We have all the evidence to charge him (Mr Elly Magwalha) for inciting violence in the district, he had a rally where he asked the people to buy spears and machetes they used to attack our police station.” Share This Story The RDC added that the opposition politician is attempting to divert the minds of people investigating his actions. On the issue of the Basongora Kingdom, Mr Odongo said he could not distablise the cultural group because they were acting within the law to establish own group.