Mumbere: Politicians Creating Rifts in My Kingdom

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The Rwenzururu King Charles Wesley Mumbere has attributed the confusion in his kingdom to some political leaders who have been misleading the public and the president over matters affecting the Rwenzori region.

The Rwenzururu King Charles Wesley Mumbere has attributed the confusion in his kingdom to some political leaders who have been misleading the public and the president over matters affecting the Rwenzori region.

Omusinga Mumbere said this on Monday while addressing a meeting of Rwenzururu veterans, the former fighters in the 1961-1967 Rwenzururu rebellion, at his Buhikira Royal Palace in Kasese Municipality.

The veterans’ meeting is part of a series of briefings called by the Kingdom Prime Minister Loyce Bwambale, following the creation of a break-away Kingdom of Busongora on July 1st.

The Basongora crowned their King Rwigi IV Agutamba Kabumba Rutakirwa Ivan Bwebale amid opposition from Rwenzururu officials. The Rwenzururu Kingdom has since declared the Busongora King’s installation as illegal, null and void, claiming that there cannot be another cultural institution in their Kingdom.

Mumbere said that the Basongora look to have hatched a strategy to fail, disorganize and weaken his Kingdom adding that such a move is unacceptable. The Omusinga said the establishment of the Basongora Kingdom is politically motivated.

Three days ago, just as the kingdom was getting to terms with the Busongora issue, the Bamba community in Bundibugyo district attacked their Bakonzo counterparts saying Mumbere is not their king and should therefore not impose himself on them. The rowdy Bamba youths attacked and wanted to burn a shrine constructed for Mumbere in Burindi Sub County, before police intervened.

Up to 400 people are currently displaced by the Bamba-Bakonzo clashes.

The Rwenzururu veterans have since last week pronounced themselves on the issue of Busongora Kingdom saying they cannot accept another cultural institution on the land they liberated in cold blood.

The Chairman of the Rwenzururu Veterans, Yolamu Mulima, believes that the Basongora are having selfish motives of pushing the Bakonzo up the Rwenzori Mountain so that they enjoy the resources on the lower lands.

Among the resources allegedly targeted by the Basongora are the water bodies, the Katwe salt lake, the Queen Elizabeth National Park and the potential oil and gas exploration on the lower lands.

Responding to the Veterans’ statements, the Omusinga also pointed out that with the help of some politicians, there are minority tribes that want to become stubborn over the issues of mineral resources.

On the issue of the Bamba clashing with the Bakonzo in Bundibugyo, Mumbere said he had been informed that area Woman MP Harriet Ntabazi and Bwamba County MP Kamanda Bataringaya, are likely to be behind the conflict.

But when contacted Ntabazi denied any involvement in the Bamba-Bakonzo clashes adding that the conflict was started by politicians who feel they are more loyal to the King than others.
 
Government through ICT minister Ruhakana Rugunda has intervened to address the problem but has also asked Mumbere to restrict his movements in Bundibugyo district.