LOP Kiiza Speaks On Rwenzururu Throne Claimant

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In short
Robert Bwambale Tibamwenda, who hails from Nsenyi village in Kisinga Sub County in Kasese district, came out last week saying that he will return on March 4, 2017 as the Rwenzururu king. He claimed that Omusinga Charles Wesley Mumbere has not been able to revive the cultural values of Bakonzo but rather engaged in politics.

The Leader of Opposition in parliament, Winnie Kiiza has described the renewed claims to the Rwenzururu throne as unreasonable.
                      
Statements by Kiiza who doubles as the Kasese Woman MP come at a time when 28-year-old Robert Bwambale Tibamwenda, a former claimant to the throne wants to return to Kasese district as king.
 
Tibamwenda had earlier on claimed the Rwenzururu throne before government recognized Omusinga Charles Wesley Mumbere in 2009.
 
Tibamwenda, who hails from Nsenyi village in Kisinga Sub County in Kasese district, came out last week claiming that he will return on March 4, 2017 as a king. He claimed that Mumbere has not been able to revive the cultural values of Bakonzo but rather engaged in politics.
 
His claims came just after Rwenzururu King Charles Wesley Mumbere had been granted bail, after more than two months after it was alleged that together with his guards were involved in political activities that led to clashes which left more than 100 people dead.
 
Mumbere was arrested from his Buhikira royal palace in Kasese on November 27, 2016 and remanded to Luzira prison over grave charges including murder, attempted murder, terrorism, treason and others until his release. 
 
He currently resides at his Muyenga palace with restricted movements within Kampala, Jinja and Wakiso areas, hundreds of kilometers outside his kingdom in Kasese district.
 
With the turbulent times within the Kingdom, Kiiza says it is unfortunate that when people of Rwenzururu should be coming together as one people, other voices are coming up to divide them.
 
"It defeats logic and humanity that when your brother is sick, before he even dies you are now parading yourself, as the one who will inherit the widow," said Kiiza.
 
Kiiza dismissed efforts by Tibamwenda to become Rwenzururu King alleging that even if he is to be pushed by anybody, he can never be respected by the people. She added that nobody pushed Mumbere to be king but it was the people who demanded his recognition while still in the United States.
 
Kiiza noted that Tibamwenda was part of the process that determined Mumbere as the rightful king of Rwenzururu Kingdom.
 
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She advised Tibamwenda to keep calm and advocate for peaceful co-existence and harmony within the region rather than adding salt to the wound. 

 

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Olive Nakatudde
Olive Nakatudde is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Nakatudde has been a URN staff member since 2013.

Nakatudde started out in journalism in 2009 with Dembe FM radio in Kampala. In 2012, Nakatudde joined Voice of Africa as a political reporter. She has been a photographer since her journalism school days at Makerere University.

Nakatudde is interested in good governance and public policy, which she reports on intensively from the Uganda Parliament. She is a keen follower of cultural affairs in Buganda Kingdom and covers the kingdom's Lukiiko (parliament). Nakatudde also reports on education and health.