By Frank Kamuntu
Kampala: A group of orphans whose parents perished 20 years ago in March 2000 in a cult massacre in Kanungu district Western Uganda have petitioned the Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga over being denied access to their parents’ burial site and an investigation report into the incident.
Chairing the Wednesday, 26 August 2020 plenary sitting, Kadaga said that Parliament in July 2019 resolved to have government provide financial assistance to the affected persons and for the Prime Minister to present a report on the investigation.
“I wrote to the government on 2 September 2019 and on 17 February 2020 on the same issue requesting the Prime Minister to meet the group and discuss their compensation,” she added.
Kadaga said that the group claims they met President Yoweri Museveni who gave them assurance of compensation on 6 February, 2016 at the Kanungu Play Grounds in the western district of Kanungu.
She directed the Prime Minister to present to Parliament a progress report on the matter within two weeks so that it can be handled expeditiously.
To confirm the matter Kadaga posted on her facebook “I have received a letter from Kanungu orphans group whose parents perished in the Kibwetere incident in March 2000. They indicate that they have been denied access to the sites where their parents were buried and despite several investigations, no report has been provided to them.
This matter has been discussed severally in Parliament. I subsequently wrote on 2nd September 2019 and 17th February 2020 on the same issue. In both letters, I requested the Prime Minister to among others, meet the group and discuss the issue of their compensation. They claim that the President gave them assurance of compensation in 2016.
I therefore direct that the Prime Minister presents to this House action taken on this matter within two weeks on the Kibwetere investigation.”
How Kibwetere Led Over 1000 People To Death.
Exactly 20 years ago, in south-western Uganda’s Kanungu district, christians were locked inside a church, with the doors and windows nailed shut from the outside and Kibweteere set fire on it.
Who is Joseph Kibweteere?
Joseph Kibwetere was one of the leaders of the Movement for the Restoration of the Ten Commandments of God, a group that splintered from the Roman Catholic Church in Uganda and became infamous after 778 of its members were found dead.
Although Joseph died in the incident, the Ugandan police shortly afterwards issued a warrant for arrest against the other leaders of the group. In 2014 it was announced by the Uganda Police Force that there were reports that Kibweteere was hiding in Malawi.