Ugandan police seize machetes, spears after clash with king’s guards


Kampala—Ugandan police said on Monday they had taken control of a tribal king’s palace after a weekend of deadly clashes with his supporters and seized a cache of machetes, spears and petrol bombs.
At least 46 members of king Charles Wesley Mumbere’s guards died fighting police and soldiers in western Uganda, a regional police spokesman said, raising an earlier estimate of the toll. Sixteen police officers also died, he added.
Police detained Mumbere on Sunday and accused his supporters of trying to create a new state in the area near the border with Democratic Republic of Congo.
There has been no statement from the king, a supporter of opposition parties who have challenged President Yoweri Museveni’s victory in February elections. The surrounding Rwenzori region has seen regular unrest since the vote.—Reuters