The death toll from weekend fighting in western Uganda has risen to 62 after a clash between police and militia allied to a tribal king near the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo, a regional police spokesman said on Monday.
An initial 55 deaths had been reported on Sunday.
“So far we managed to kill 46 of the royal guards and we also arrested 139 (guards),” Mansur Suwed told Reuters. He said the number of police killed had risen to 16 from 14 after two officers succumbed to their injuries.
Meanwhile Kenyans on Twitter have called for the release of KTN journalist Joy Doreen Biira who was arrested by security operatives reportedly for taking photographs of the incidents.
Through hashtag #FreeJoyDoreen, which is still trending, KOT asked the Ugandan government to release the journalist who was doing her work.
Police in the embattled Kasese region confirmed arrest and detention of Biira.
“She was arrested by police officers at the scene because she was illegally filming military activities which the media had been restricted to capture on camera,” said Manshur Suwed, Rwenzori Regional Police spokesperson.
He said Biira was safe in police hands alongside her relatives and would be released on bond in course of the day. However, Mr Suwed could not reveal which charges had been placed against the journalist.
“You should not be worried because she is safe at our Central Police Station. She is explaining why she was filming activities that had been restricted and she will be released in due course,” Mr Suwed said.