Man Arrested In Posession Of Bugungu Kingdom Royal Gown

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Akankwasa says that Babyesiza was picked up this morning on a tip off by a cyclist he had approached to take him to Buliisa in the wee hours of this morning.

Hoima Police are holding a man after he was found in possession of the royal gown of Bugungu Kingdom. Bernard Akankwasa, the Hoima District Police Commander identifies the suspect as 44-year-old Charles Babyesiza, a farmer from Kigorobya Sub County.

 
Akankwasa says that Babyesiza was picked up this morning on a tip off by a cyclist he had approached to take him to Buliisa in the wee hours of this morning. He says the cyclist provided police with the direction and they mounted a roadblock.

Akankwasa says they intercepted the suspect together with his passenger.  On checking the passenger's bag, police found a royal gown written on "Bugungu kingdom", "Obwabukama Bwa Bugungu"


Akankwasa says the suspect is now in detention at Hoima central police station pending interrogation on where he was taking the royal gown and for what purpose. He says police are also consulting on charges to prefer against the suspect.


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Babyesiza's arrest resurrects talk on Bugungu cessation which had almost faded away. In 2013, a group of Bagungu living in Buliisa and Kampala announced plans to secede from Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom to form their own Bukama Bwa Bugungu.

 
A 15 member committee was instituted to push through the idea. Plans were also in advanced stages to mobilize Bugungu clan leaders in Kigorobya and Buliisa to elect a cultural leader. However there's little progress. Edward Kabagambe, the committee publicity secretary says they have not given up on the idea although he denies any links with Babyesiza.
 
Kabagambe says they have not reached that stage of procuring royal robs. Meanwhile Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom has maintained its stand against what they call partitioning of the kingdom. Francis Ssewante, the Kingdom deputy premier and minister of information says those agitating for Bugungu cessation are just individuals seeking personal gains. 

He says during the Omukama's visit to Buguugu late last year the subjects proved their loyalty to the king and denied any interest in cessation. The Gungu or Bagungu people live on the northeastern shores of Lake Albert near Nile River, at the bottom of the Great Rift Valley. 

Some Bagungu also live in the hills above the valley. Most of them live in Buliisa district, Kigorobya in Hoima district and some parts of Masindi district.