According to Rwenzori East police spokesperson Mansur Suwed the guards were killed in an exchange with UPDF soldiers. 139 royal guards were arrested and are being detained at Kasese Police Station.
Several items were recovered at the palace including 16 patrol bombs, 42 knives, three metal detectors, one SMG rifle, and one pistol with two magazines. Others include four radio calls and 47 pangas, Uganda’s Daily Monitor reports.
King Mumbere had been given an ultimatum of two hours to disband and disarm all royal guards from the palace, Brig Peter Elwelu, the UPDF 2nd Division Commander said as he defended attack on the palace. He added that Mumbere was told to remain with only nine royal guards but he declined to adhere, forcing the army to launch an offensive on the palace.
The actions by the royal guards were described by Brig Elwelu as those of a terrorist group destabilizing the region adding that operations in the district will continue and the camps belonging to the royal guards will be razed down.
Omusinga Mumbere was detained at Kasese Police Station after which he was airlifted to Kampala. He is now at the Special Investigations Unit awaiting a meeting with President Museveni later on Monday.