Uganda: 31 killed in post-election violence

By Godfrey Olukya
Posted on Wednesday, 30 March 2016 17:02

Several homes have been attacked with reports saying killers have been waylaying and hacking off the heads of children. On Easter Monday, a 14-year old child was found dead on a road with his head severed off.

The main clashes in Kasese and Bundibugyo started after election disputes in the local council elections

President Yoweri Museveni, after a visit to the affected villages yesterday, said he had seen “the scene where a child was killed” warning that “those responsible will be accountable for their actions.”

Uganda police chief, Kale Kayihura said the killings were politically motivated. “Villagers armed with machetes and knives attacked Kidodo police post near Kasese Town where they killed a policeman and grabbed his gun. Unlike in the past, when there were ethnic clashes, this time it is political,” he said.

“The main clashes in Kasese and Bundibugyo started after election disputes in the local council elections. Supporters of the losers, mostly of opposition, became violent and attacked homes of the opponents,” local council leader, James Muhundo said. He said the most affected areas were Kasenyi, Buhuhira, Bukisi Ntororo, Hima and Buhiji.

Uganda held presidential and general elections on February 18, with Museveni being declared the winner. Kizza Besigye, leader of the main opposition FDC, has since the elections been under house arrest after he announced that he would take over power through defiance.

It is, however, uncertain if the clashes in south western Uganda, which began after results for local government officials were announced on 27 February – two days after local council elections – are linked to Besigye’s supporters.

Police spokesman, Fred Enanga confirmed the killings and said so far seven suspected masterminds of the killings have been arrested. “We have abandoned our homes due to fear of being killed. We are now living in camps. We request the government to deal with the situation so that we go back to our homes,” a resident of Buhihira, Alex Baryaburya said.

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