Saturday, 7 July 2012
GOVERNMENT DENIES KNOWLEDGE ABOUT BUSONGORA KINGDOM
Barely a week after the Basongora a minority tribe in Kasese district installed their King Rwigi IV Kabumba Rutakirwa Ivan Bwebale, the central government has denied any knowledge about the newly established Kingdom.
The minister of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Dr.Ruhakana Rugunda speaking in a meeting with Rwenzururu King Charles Wesley Mumbere at his Buhikira palace in Kasese town on Saturday said that there was no issue in government about the Busongora Heritage Kingdom.
“About the Basongora and their King, the government knows nothing apart from seeing these issues in the media. This is a situation we are trying to understand as government”. Dr. Rugunda said.
The Rwenzururu Kingdom has since refuted Basongora King declaring his coronation as “illegal, null and void”.
The minister said that government will study the move by the Basongora because it is not quite understood by anyone at the moment.
Dr. Rugunda was seconded to the Rwenzururu Kingdom by President Yoweri Museveni to settle the uprising between the Bamba and Bakonzo in Bundibugyo district. The Bamba are fighting the Bakonzo in resistance of the Rwenzururu Kingdom under Omusinga (King) Charles Wesley Mumbere.
The Bamba according to reports on Friday attempted to burn the Kings shrine at his ancestral home that he recently mounted on his tour of Bundibugyo.
“The Basongora issue is another controversy because I did not expect it when I travelled to your Kingdom your majesty but government will handle”. Dr. Rugunda said.
King Charles Wesley Mumbere told Dr. Rugunda in a meeting attended by Defense Minister Dr. Crispus Kiyonga that there is need for government to come out clearly on issues concerning the misunderstandings in the Kingdom before dividing the people.
Dr. Rugunda’s statement contradicts what the King of the Basongora Rwigi IV Rutakirwa Ivan Bwebale said that he had informed the president about his cultural matters through a number of letters. He however, did not avail the replies from the president.
On the matters of Bundibugyo, Dr. Rugunda said he had held a series of meetings with different stakeholders including the Bamba and Batwa elders with hopes that there will be harmony.
He urged the Rwenzururu subjects to be calm and impress co-existence as the government is looking into the matters.
The Bamba and Bakonzo representatives led by the late Isaya Mukirania (Mumbere’s father) walked out of the Tooro parliament on June 30, 1962 and worked together to fight the oppression by the Omukama hence forming the Rwenzururu Kingdom.
Isaya Mukirania was a Mukonzo, Kawamara and Mupalya were all Bamba and they recruited men for the struggle that was launched in the jungles of Mt. Rwenzori that has since been ongoing until 2009 when the government recognized Rwenzururu Kingdom.
It is not yet known what exactly the Bamba and Batwa want as they are fighting Mumbere’s leadership.