Rwenzururu Youth Want Royal Family To Resolve Internal Conflicts

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Yoneki Biira, a resident of Kasese Municipality questioned why the Queen Mother would move on to engage everyone in the matters of the kingdom without the support of the administrative structures of the Kingdom that are known to the subjects.

 A consultative meeting involving youth and women in Kasese convened by Christine Mukirania, the Queen Mother of Rwenzururu kingdom has asked the Royal family to put its house in order before engaging its subjects on sensitive matters.
The meeting was held on Friday at the Queen Mother's residence in Kigali cell, Nyakabingo ward in Kasese Municipality under the leadership of Aprunalis Kalibogha Kithende, the former Bukonzo East Member of Parliament.
 The queen mother says the meeting was aimed engaging youths and women to join her endeavors to save Rwenzururu kingdom from collapse. During the meeting, Mukirania repeated her earlier accusations against her son, King Charles Wesley Mumbere for drifting away from the agenda of her father Isaya Mukirania of building a cultural institution on biblical principals as opposed to witchcraft.

Unlike in the past, when she demanded a return to the Mukirania's agenda, this time around she asked the participants to join her efforts in saving her son from possible imprisonment as he battles multiple criminal charges in court. Speaking at the same meeting, Mumbere's young brother, William Sibibuka disclosed that basing on the meetings their mother and the Chief Prince Christopher Kibanzanga have held with president, Yoweri Museveni, the best way to save the king would be assembling a team of elders, women and youths to engage the central government.

They also claimed that the Prime Ministerial Commission appointed by Mumbere a few months ago to engage the central government is has no mandate since it looks politically motivated. As a result, the participants challenged the royal family to first mend their differences and approach the subjects with one voice.
Jockim Baluku, a resident of Nyamwamba division in Kasese Municipality warned that so long as the rest of the royal family continues to accuse Mumbere of undermining the relationship between the cultural institution and the central government, the subjects will continue shying away from the matter.

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Julius Kasyakulhu, a youth from Mahango Sub County in Kasese district also expressed fear on the gap between King Mumbere and his close family, saying it may give the enemies of the kingdom a chance to destroy it.
Yoneki Biira, a resident of Kasese Municipality also questioned why the Queen Mother would move on to engage everyone in the matters of the kingdom without the support of the administrative structures of the Kingdom that are known to the subjects.

She says that it would be difficult for the subjects to accept the Queen mother's when she and some members of the Royal family are opposing a commission that was appointed by the substantive king.

The youths resolved that the State Minister for agriculture Christopher Kibanzanga goes back to Kasese and tell people not to mix politics with the kingdom because as a member of the royal family, he paved way for politicians to use the institution for political capital.

Kibanzanga was elected to parliament in 1996 when he vowed to fight for the recognition of the institution and is credited for initiating most of the local politicians in opposition politics through Reform Agenda in 2001.


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Thembo Kahungu
Thembo Kahungu is interested in journalism that changes lives. A recent example is when a suspect in state prosecutor Joan Kagezi was held longer than the law states. Kahungu is proud to note that it was his follow up on Geoffrey Kato's unlawful detention that led to the freedom of the boda boda rider.

Previously based in Kasese, Kahungu has been reposted to Hoima town. Kahungu is now the Uganda Radio Network Hoima bureau chief.

Kahungu has been a practicing journalist since 2007. He was a reporter for Radio Messiah and Kasese Guide Radio. He was also the Kasese Daily Monitor freelance writer. He has also been a teacher at Liberty College of Management and Journalism in Kasese district.

Kahungu is deeply interested in investigative journalism. Kahungu has developed a big interest in covering issues to do with Oil, Gas and Mining after attending a fellowship in Ghana in October 2015 under the sponsorship of Natural Resource Governance Institute.