Bamba Cultural Leader Recalled for Military Training

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Museveni confirmed that Kamya had been recalled just like any other military officer for further training. He also said that Kamya had been consulted before and had no objection.

Lt. Col. Martin Kamya, the cultural leader of  'Obudhingiya Bwa Bwamba' has been recalled for military training at the Senior Command and Staff College, Kimaka.

His recall comes at the backdrop of  tribal clashes in Bundibugyo district, the home of the cultural institution which brings together the ethnic communities of Bamba, Vanoma and Babwiisi.

UPDF spokesman Paddy Ankunda says the training is largely about strategic leadership. He adds that Kamya will benefit from it as a person in leadership.

President Yoweri Museveni had earlier told Uganda Radio Network that Kamya had been recalled just like any other military officer for further training. He also said that Kamya had been consulted before and had no objection.

Museveni had earlier blamed both cultural and political leaders for failing to end tribal clashes in the Rwenzori region.

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But in a telephone interview, Rev. Geoffrey Kyomuhendo, the spokesperson of the cultural institution told Uganda Radio Network that the institution has not yet received an official communication about the recall.

He however said that since Kamya is a military officer, he will not be surprised by the development. 

According to Kyomuhendo, if Kamya is recalled, the cabinet of the institution will first discuss the matter before any decision is taken.  He added that the Sebudinginya, who is the chief elder of the 25 clans of the Bamba, will remain in-charge when the cultural leader is away.

In May 2014 during the installation of Kamya, Museveni promoted him to the rank of Lt. Colonel.   He said that he decided to promote Kamya because he was highly educated with a Masters Degree.

 

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Emmanuel Kajubu
Emmanuel Kajubu is proud to have been the first Ugandan journalist to write in depth pieces about the Tooro Kingdom institution. His knowledge of the inner workings of the Tooro Kingdom is what made him privy to the splits in the royal family. These splits almost challenged Tooro Omukama Oyo Nyimba Iguru's reign.

Culture, agriculture and the environment are just two areas of many of interest to Kajubu. As long as he has held a pen, Kajubu has also written about public policy, health and crime.

Kajubu is keen on impacting his society not just as a writer but also a trainer and mentor. Bundibugyo and Ntoroko districts fall under his docket. Kajubu has been a URN staff member since 2008.