12 Sep 2009

Tribal king postpones visit after riots in Uganda

10:10 am on 12 September 2009

The king of Buganda has postponed a planned visit to a district near Uganda's capital, Kampala, after at least three people were killed in a second day of riots.

The deputy information minister of the Buganda kingdom says they don't want to see an escalation of the trouble.

Trouble began on Thursday over government attempts to stop the king of the Baganda tribe from visiting a region near Kampala.

The king has a big influence among the Baganda, Uganda's largest ethnic group.

The BBC reports the issue is so sensitive that ethnic Baganda members of parliament walked out of the legislature on Wednesday.

Buganda is one of four ancient kingdoms in Uganda. It was abolished in 1966 but then restored in the 1990s.