Uganda riot killing 14 restarts for third day

Two days of rioting in Uganda this week killed 14 people, including a policeman, the chief of police said.

Uganda riot killing 14 restarts for third day


Two days of rioting in Uganda this week killed 14 people, including a policeman, the chief of police told reporters on Saturday.

"We carried out our investigation and found that 14 people, including one policeman who was coming from leave and was ambushed by these hoodlums, have been killed since the beginning of the riots," said Major General Kale Kayihura.

An uneasy calm had swept over Kampala early in the day as police and the army patrolled the city in military convoys. By midafternoon, witnesses reported gunshots and isolated cases of riots.

The unrest Saturday started after rumors circulated by text messages that the king of the Buganda kingdom had been detained, said Judith Nabakooba, a police spokeswoman.

Tensions between the Buganda kingdom -- headed by King Ronald Mutebi II -- and President Yoweri Museveni have intensified in recent years.

The two sides spar over land, sovereignty and political power. Kings in the east African nation are limited to a ceremonial role overseeing traditional and cultural affairs.

Thousands of people took to the streets of the capital Kampala on Thursday to protest against a move to block the king of the Baganda tribe, Ronald Muwenda Muteb, from visiting a town north-east of Kampala.

The demonstrators burned tires, blocked roads in the business district and threw stones and bottles at police and military personnel. Police fired tear gas and live bullets at the surging crowds.

Over 50 people were hospitalized during the clashes, according to deputy police spokesman, Richard Musisi.

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni said that the king would have been allowed to travel had he held consultations with another ethnic group in Kayunga district, which is opposed to the visit.

Museveni said that allowing the visit to go ahead would pose a security risk.

Until late on Friday the king's representatives insisted that the visit would proceed as scheduled. However, on Saturday the visit was cancelled.

Agencies

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