The government is urging peace and unity among the people of Obusinga Bwa Rwenzururu (OBR). This message came during the homecoming event for the cultural leader of Obusinga Bwa Rwenzururu, Charles Wesley Mumbere Irema Ngoma, where State Minister for Gender and Culture, Peace Mutuzo, delivered the government’s stance.
Mutuzo emphasized the importance of not mixing politics with the cultural institution, allowing the king and his leadership to fulfill their cultural roles, including uniting all parties. The government pledged its commitment to support the development of the cultural institution.
Eliphazi Muhindi, the LCV Chairperson of Kasese, appreciated the government for restoring cultural institutions, highlighting the achievements of Bakhonzo culture in uniting people within and beyond the cultural institution. He also appealed to the government to consider supporting the cultural institution’s startup development projects and rehabilitating the royal guards who were released.
After seven years, Charles Wesley Mumbere Irema Ngoma returned to his kingdom. In 2016, he was arrested along with over 200 of his subjects and royal guards when the UPDF raided his Buhikira Royal Palace in Kasese town.
Earlier this year, all charges against Mumbere, including murder, terrorism, treason, malicious damage to property, attempted murder, and aggravated robbery, were dropped by the Director of Public Prosecutions.
Mumbere expressed his apologies to the people of Kasese for the events that led to the death of more than 100 people during the 2016 assault on his palace by the UPDF. He had been told to disband the royal guards, which he didn’t do, leading to the conflict.
Mumbere plans to focus on rebuilding the cultural institution and working with his subjects to ensure peace and security. He urged everyone to avoid involving the kingdom in political matters. His wife, Queen Agnes Ithungu, thanked the government for pardoning the cultural leader and his royal guards.
Mumbere is expected to celebrate his first coronation anniversary in seven years on October 19th.