The Buganda Kingdom has finally issued a condemnation statement decrying the violence meted out on the buffalo clan elders who were yesterday attacked and harassed by members of the UPDF and police in an attempt to bar NUP presidential candidate, Kyagulanyi Ssentamu Robert from attending the same event.
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The statement issued by the premiere, Charles Peter Mayiga comes after a sequence of lambasting from Buganda subjects who accused Mengo of maintaining neutrality in political issues yet the regime is shamelessly escalating its repression on the people. In the statement, Mayiga said the events which featured on Saturday are regrettable. He adds that as the kingdom, they are not going to be silent when cultural events are being targeted. “Buganda kingdom hereby condemns the unbecoming tendencies of members of armed forces degrading our norms and culture. On Saturday, the buffalo clan (mbogo) elders were hijacked by UPDF as they attended a function recognizing their chief head Hon. Kayiira who has served for 6 years in that office,” reads part of the statement from Charles Peter Mayiga. “Although the function followed all the existing covid standard operating procedures, we were shocked to see UPDF troops fire bullets and teargas at the convened clan elders,” another part of the statement reads.
Mayiga further adds that the armed forces should desist from participating in active politics. “Just like religions, our Buganda clans have people who subscribe to divergent political denominations. Therefore what happened on Saturday must be condemned. We appeal to the relevant authorities to handle our cultural matters with great concern and we hope such violence should not manifest again,” he concludes.
Although the UPDF and police acted unprofessionally when they stormed the cultural function, there has not been any apology yet from the joint security forces. Even the Mityana DPC, Alex Mwiine Mukono who presided over the raid has not given his account as to why he inhumanely handled people of honour in Buganda kingdom.