Hundreds protest against Ugandan president for calling king (22) a ‘child’

2014-06-16 14:58

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Kampala – Police in western Uganda dispersed hundreds of people protesting against President Yoweri Museveni for calling their 22-year-old king – the world’s youngest – a “child,” officials said.

Vincent Mugume, a spokesperson for Toro Kingdom, said several protesters were injured after being trampled.

Some 70 people were arrested in the demonstration in Fort Portal, 320km west of the capital Kampala.

“People are angry that the president called their king a boy. They went on a strike today. Riot police moved in and used tear gas and live bullets to disperse people,” he told dpa.

The king of Toro, Oyo Nyimba Iguru, announced recently that he would go on hunger strike because Museveni had created more ethnically based kingdoms in the region.

Museveni told reporters on June 11: “That child is free to go for a hunger strike.

“This helps him alone and I do not refuse him to do so. The hunger strike will help him reduce his weight.”

His comments angered members of the Toro ethnic group, whose king was crowned at the age of 3.

Traditional monarchies were revived in the East African nation in 1993 after their abolition in 1966. Most areas are headed by kings, though they do not have official political power.

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