Bagungu Resolve to Secede from Bunyoro

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Speaking shortly after the meeting, Samuel Kisembo Mugema, the Bishop of Charismatic Churches in Bunyoro region who doubles as the coordinator of the association, said the objective of forming Bagungu cultural institution is to promote and preserve Bagungu culture that is continuously being eroded.

A section of the Bagungu community members in Buliisa district have passed a resolution to secede from Bunyoro Kingdom and form a parallel cultural institution. 

The resolution was reached in a meeting convened over the weekend at Adonia hotel in Bullisa town by members of Bugungu Revival Cultural Association, a pressure group advocating for Bagungu independence.
 
The seventeen committee members unanimously backed the resolution supporting the secession. The meeting appointed a seven member committee to spearhead the formation of the Bagungu cultural institution and the selection of cultural leaders.

Speaking shortly after the meeting, Samuel Kisembo Mugema, the Bishop of Charismatic Churches in Bunyoro region who doubles as the coordinator of the association, said the objective of forming Bagungu cultural institution is to promote and preserve Bagungu culture that is continuously being eroded.

The move comes at a time when Norman Lukumu, the former Bunyoro Kingom Prime Minister and a member of the Bagungu Community is challenging the appointment of Andrew Byakutaaga as his sucessor in court.

Lukumu argues that Byakutaaga is   illegally occupying his office and wants court to reinstate him. However, Bishop Kisembo says their decision to secede from Bunyoro Kingdom has nothing to do with Lukumu's sacking, saying started planning their secession long before Lukumu was appointed.

He said their decision is partly influenced by what he termed as marginalization of Bagungu by Bunyoro Kingdom. He says the decision to form the Bugungu cultural institution is backed by the constitution and was endorsed by government. 

According to Kisembo, the committee will communicate the resolution to government and proceed with the process of forming the institution. Habibu Kisembo, the Chairperson of the Association, says the Bagungu are not pushing for an independent cultural institution in bad faith, but only want to protect their cultural independence.

The Bunyoro Kingdom Prime Minister, Andrew Byaktutaga told our reporter that he was ignorant about what was going on. He called upon the Bagungu to dialogue with Bunyoro Kingdom over their concerns. He promised to talk the masterminds of the resolution.
 

 

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