Installation Of Bamba Cultural Leader Stalls

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In short
The installation of Major Martin Kamya as cultural leader or Omudinganya of the Bamba community has been postponed for the second time. Major Kamya, a serving army officer, was slated to be installed as the leader of Obhudingiya Bwa Bwamba-OBB cultural institution in Bundibugyo district on Friday May 17th, but the ceremony has been cancelled.

The installation of Major Martin Kamya as cultural leader or Omudinganya of the Bamba community has been postponed for the second time.
 
Major Kamya was slated to be installed as the leader of Obhudingiya Bwa Bwamba-OBB cultural institution in Bundibugyo district on Friday May 17th, but the ceremony has been cancelled. This is the second time the function has been postponed. Major Kamya was initially supposed to be installed in February, before the ceremony was pushed to May.

Kamya is the eldest son of the late Jeremiah Kawamara, one of the founders of the Rwenzururu movement.

In a telephone interview, Swizen Kyomuhendo, the Bundibugyo Elders Development Association (BEDA) spokesperson, says they are still waiting for cabinet endorsement of the OBB cultural institution. He says that two months ago, they presented the necessary documents to the cabinet, but they haven’t got any response. Some of the documents presented to cabinet include, the OBB constitution, the resolution by the Bundibugyo district council in support of the OBB and the BEDA council resolution electing Major Kamya, a UPDF officer who was last year given a go ahead to retire so as to serve his community.

Kyomuhendo now says the installation ceremony will take place after they have been given a go ahead by the government. According to Kyomuhendo, they plan to raise the issue of Major Kamya when President Yoweri Museveni meets leaders from Bundibugyo district next week.

But a top OBB official who preferred anonymity told Uganda Radio Network that another reason why the ceremony was cancelled could be that officials in the cultural institution are still persuading Major Kamya to become the Bamba cultural leader. According to the official, last month, Kamya met the OBB council members and told them that he hasn’t decided yet whether he should take up the position.

When contacted, Major Kamya said he is not in position to comment on the matter.

Last year, while meeting members of the Obhudingiya Bwa Bwamba (OBB) cultural institution and Bundibugyo Elders Development Association (BEDA), President Yoweri Museveni told the members that he would allow Major Kamya to resign from the army and be crowned the cultural leader of the Bamba.

Last month, the palace of the cultural leader located in Bundibugyo town council was completed. The 89 page constitution, the anthem of the institution and the emblem are also ready.

The demand by the Bamba and Babwisi to have a cultural leader was after tribal conflicts broke out between the Bamba and Bakonzo in June last year, when Charles Wesley Mumbere Iremangoma, the King of the Rwenzururu Kingdom, visited Bundibugyo district and planted trees in the town and visited a royal shrine on his ancestral land in Kirindi village, Harugale sub-county.

 

About the author

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.