Mumbere Okays Hoisting Rwenzururu Flag at Campaign Venues Top story

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On Tuesday, Noah Nzaghale, the Rwenzururu Kingdom Premier, had warned against using the Kingdom flag at political events. He argued that the kingdom flag shouldnt be hoisted at any political rally since the kingdom is apolitical.

Charles Wesley Mumbere, the King of Rwenzururu Kingdom has okayed the hoisting of the Rwenzururu Kingdom flag at the campaign venues of Dr. Kizza Besigye, the Forum for Democratic Change party, presidential candidate in Kasese district. Besigye is scheduled to campaign in Kasese today and tomorrow.
 
 
He is the fifth presidential candidate to visit Kasese district to solicit for votes ahead of the February 18 general elections. However, there has been a huge debate on whether or not to hoist the Rwenzururu Kingdom flag at his campaign venues. On Tuesday, Noah Nzaghale, the Rwenzururu Kingdom Premier, had warned against using the Kingdom flag at political events. 


He argued that the kingdom flag shouldn't be hoisted at any political rally since the kingdom is apolitical. However, Nzaghale was overruled by King Charles Wesley Mumbere Iremangoma, who called a press conference on Wednesday evening and okayed the hoisting of the Kingdom flag at Besigye's campaign venues.
 
  
He argued that it was okay to hoist the kingdom flag at the campaign rallies of presidential candidates, which he equated to national events, where the influence of the kingdom should be felt. Mumbere expressed disappointment with the organisers of Museveni's rallies for failing to hoist the kingdom flag and his rally venues.
 
 
He however, cautioned politicians against carrying the Kingdom flag as a campaign tool while asking for votes from the electorate. Saulo Maate, the Kasese District FDC chairperson, says they will hoist the Rwenzururu Kingdom flag at the campaign venues of Besigye as a sign of support for the cultural institution, which was only recognised by government in 2009, because of the tireless efforts of the opposition.
 
  
The FDC leadership in Kasese had earlier on accused the ruling National Resistance Movement party of failing to hoist the Kingdom flag at the campaign venues of President Yoweri Museveni, saying it was sign of disrespect for the cultural institution.
 
  
Museveni campaigned in Kasese district on January 15th and 16th. Johnson Kamalha, the Kasese District NRM party publicity secretary, says they didn't hoist the Rwenzururu Kingdom flag at their rally venues for fear of dragging the cultural institution into politics since they are nonpartisan.