Rwenzururu Mobilizers Angered by Ban on their Activities

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Members of the Obusinga Bwa Rwenzururu, a cultural institution advocating for the recognition of the Rwenzururu Kingdom, have reacted angrily to an order by the Kasese Resident District Commissioner banning their mobilization program in the district. The Kasese RDC, Wilson Isingoma, recently announced a ban on the Rwenzururu mobilization activities, but did not give reasons for outlawing the program. During a press briefing in Kasese town, the chairperson of the Rwenzururu mobilization committee, Yolamu Mulima told the RDC to stop mixing politics with cultural issues. He said the ban on his committee's activities was unfounded and that Rwenzururu mobilizers were only interested in promoting peace, unity and development. Mulima accused the RDC of not providing sufficient reason for banning the mobilization program and said his committee will pursue other means to fulfil their goals. In 2004 the Government prohibited the self-styled leader of the Rwenzururu, Charles Wesley Mumbere, from moving around western Uganda soliciting for support for his bid to the throne. Government officials were concerned that the large number of claimants to the throne would cause unwarranted chaos in the region. Other claimants to the Rwenzururu throne are Swaleh Tibamwenda, Isingoma Kisalita, Robert Bwambale and Cyril Makoma.