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Cabinet recognises Obusinga Bwa Rwenzururu
mumbere_iremangoma_rwenzururu_king_1.jpgCabinet has endorsed the long awaited controversial Obusinga Bwa Rwenzururu and directed the minister for gender to handle the modalities of formalizing the institution.

The letter dated 17 th March 2008 signed by the prime minister Apollo Nsibambi, cabinet has endorsed the Obusinga Bwa Rwenzururu on the Recommendations of the Kajura report. The Obusinga bwa Rwenzururu has finally been approved by cabinet to be recognized as one of the existing Kingdoms in Uganda .

This follows recommendations made by the ministerial committee chaired by the 2 nd deputy prime minister and minister for public service Henry Kajura which investigated the matter in 2005.

The committee was instituted by the president to establish whether there is need from the people to have a kingdom and find out if Omusinga Charles Mumbere is the rightful King.

In the report, it was established that 80% of the Banyarwenzururu people believed in the Obusinga and Mumbere as the cherished King.

In the letter to the minister for gender the ministry charged with cultural matters, the prime Minster directed that a feed back to the conclusion of the Obusinga should be submitted by April 14 th this year.

Speaking to the press in Kampala Omusinga Charles Mumbere said the cabinet decision to recognize the Obusinga Bwa Rwenzururu ends the differences the people had over the institution.

The demands for Obusinga Bwa Rwenzururu date as far back as the 60s when the Bakonzo and Bamba marched out of the Toro Rukurato protesting against mistreatment from the kingdom of Toro .

Then Isaya Mukirania Kibanzanga the late father to Omusinga Charles led the team of three others to start demanding for a separate districts and a Kingdom as well.

However the Kingdom still faces a challenge to resolve the disagreement from other claimants who say they are the rightful Kings.

Commenting on the recent clashes between the Basongora and the Bakonzo cultivators, the Omusinga spokes man Godfrey Kabyanga said that it should not be looked at as a tribal matter but rather conflicts resulting from land shortage.

Omusinga appealed to the Basongora and Bakonzo cultivators to be calm and asked government to speed up efforts to resolve land matters in Kasese to avoid further blood shed.

Meanwhile government has directed the minister of state for lands Kasirivu Atooki to handle land matters in Kasese and together with a committee starts work on Monday.





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