Installation Of Bamba Cultural Leader Halted Over Lack of Funds

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However, on Wednesday night Fulgensio Bamwitirebye, the chairperson of Bundibugyo Elders Development Association-BEDA- announced that the function had been postponed to two weeks, when they expect to get funds.

The installation of Major Martin Kamya as the cultural leader of Obhudingiya Bwa Bwamba cultural institution in Bundibugyo district has suffered a setback due to financial constraints. Major Kamya was due for installation on Friday. Preparations for the event have been ongoing since the beginning of this month.

However, on Wednesday night Fulgensio Bamwitirebye, the chairperson of Bundibugyo Elders Development Association-BEDA- announced that the function had been postponed to two weeks, when they expect to get funds. He says that 300 million shillings is needed for the event. According to Bamwitirebye, last month BEDA managed to raise 48 million shillings, which was used to renovate Kamya’s palace at Nyahuka trading center.

Bamwitirebye says that they will carry out a fundraising drive to raise money for the ceremony. He also says that they have written to President Museveni requesting for funds. Bamwitirebye says that he is certain that the installation ceremony coronation will take place, since the King’s palace, the cultural institution’s constitution; anthem and emblem have been completed.

Asked if the government has finally given them a go-ahead to install their King, Bamwitirebye said government is aware of the preparations. Pius Mujuzi, the Resident District Commissioner Bundibugyo says he is aware of the preparations to install the OBB cultural leader.  Last month, the elders issued a Month’s ultimatum to the government to recognize their cultural institution, Obhudingiya Bwa Bwamba.

The elders threatened to install Major Martin Kamya whether or not their institution is recognized by the end of next month. In 2012, Kamya was elected as the cultural leader of Obhudingiya Bwa Bwamba-OBB by the elders association. Since then, the institution has been seeking government recognition in vain. This prompted him to postpone the planned installation on two different occasions.