Mbarara. Police in Mbarara district have arrested Ankole kingdom self –styled king Umar Asiimwe.
Asiimwe was arrested on Thursday evening after several hours of questioning at Rwizi regional police headquarters in Mbarara where he had been summoned together with four of his ministers.
He had been summoned by police allegedly over sectarian utterances against Minister for Gender, Labour and Social development Janat Mukwaya who labeled him an impostor.
Mbarara RDC Capt. Martha Asiimwe says she was dismayed by the self-styled traditional leader, who was last week described by Gender Minister Janat Mukwaya as an impostor.
Asiimwe among others that the minister, a Muganda by tribe, was not qualified to involve herself in the affairs of Ankole. Clips from the press conference went viral on social media platforms in the western region.
The Rwizi region Police Spokesperson Samson Kasasira confirmed Asiimwe’s arrest and said most of the crimes have been committed through the media especially social media attacking Minister Mukwaya.
Asiimwe claims he was crowned the King (Omugabe) of Ankole on October 29, 2016 at the Kingdom palace located in Itaaba, Kyabanyoro, Rwampara County in Mbarara District.