Court Dismisses Case Against Ankole King

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The Ankole Kingdom Spokesperson, Polly Muyambi welcomed the court decision as a huge relief, saying they have been battling the charges since February 2018, which has hampered the implementation of some of their planned projects.

Court in Mbarara has dismissed a case against Umar Asiimwe Rubabansi VI, the self-styled King of Ankole Kingdom.  



In February 2018, George William Katatumba dragged Asiimwe and four others to Mbarara Magistrate's court on various charges including impersonation, inciting violence, staging unlawful assemblies and sectarianism among others.   



The others are Max Muhumuza, Joseph Kankiriho, Brenda Katushemerirwe and Wycliffe Amanya.   



However, the Mbarara Grade One Magistrate, Sanyu Mukasa dismissed the charges on Thursday afternoon citing the failure by the applicant, George William Katatumba to produce sufficient evidence implicating the accused persons.    




The Ankole Kingdom Spokesperson, Polly Muyambi welcomed the court decision as a huge relief, saying they have been battling the charges since February 2018, which has hampered the implementation of some of their planned projects.     




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Shortly after the court ruling, Rubambansi told URN that he will continue fighting for the protection and preservation of Ankole culture and reconstruct Itaaba palace in Kyabanyoro Nyakayojo division in Mbarara municipality that was gutted by fire at the height of disagreements in the Royal family.   

Rubambansi accused his opponents of branding him as an antigovernment agent, saying that his only focus is to preserve culture.    





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Though the ruling is a huge relief to Rubambansi, he is still battling another case at the same court in, which he is accused of assaulting his father Idrisa Kaweesa during the New Year party.  


Asiimwe has been executing his duties as Ankole King from his palace at Itaaba in Rwampara in Mbarara district since 2016.  



He has turned down numerous calls from top government officials to close the palace, saying that as son of Ntare V, the former Ankole King, he is the right person and heir apparent to the throne.     


Ankole was one of the five kingdoms abolished by the government of President Apollo Milton Obote in 1967. Its last absolute monarch was Sir Charles Gasyonga II who reigned between 1944 and 1967.

However, Ankole was never recognized by government when it restored Kingdoms in 1993. 


Gasyonga's son and heir, John Barigye, who would have ruled as Ntare VI, kept pushing for recognition until his death in October 2011. 

 

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Anthony Kushaba
For Anthony Kushaba, journalism is not just a job; it is a calling. Kushaba believes journalism is one of the few platforms where the views of the oppressed and margainalised can be heard. This is what his journalism aims to do: bring to light untold stories.

Kushaba is the Mbarara region URN bureau chief. Mitooma, Ntungamo, Bushenyi, Sheema, Isingiro, and Kiruhura districts fall under his docket. Kushaba has been a URN staff member since 2012.

Kushaba is a journalism graduate from Uganda Christian University Study Centre at Bishop Barham College in Kabale. Before joining URN, Kushaba worked with Voice of Kigezi (2008), Bushenyi FM (2010) and later on to Voice of Muhabura.

Kushaba's journalism interests centre on conflict, peace and electoral reporting. Kushaba occasionally writes on tourism, health, religion and education. He describes himself as highly driven and will pursue a tip until it yields a story.