Mumbere, royal family row over new premier
Posted Saturday, November 2 2013 at 02:00
Kasese- Members of the Rwenzururu Kingdom’s royal family have vowed to boycott all kingdom functions until King Wesley Mumbere explains to them why he has not appointed a stable administration.
For example, the chief prince Christopher Kibanzanga, the king’s brothers, sisters and the mother did not attend the coronation anniversary ceremony at Kilembe Golf Course in Kasese Town on October 19.
Their boycott was triggered by the removal of Mr Henry Kandabu as the kingdom’s prime minister and replacing him with Mr Noah Nzaghele.
“We are really worried about the future of the kingdom. You cannot have an organisation that changes managers every year and expect it to develop. There must be a problem. How do you have five different prime ministers in four years?” Mr Kibanzanga, who is also the king’s adviser on foreign affairs, said.
Some of the royal family members said King Mumbere should have confirmed Mr Ivan Syauswa who had been acting as prime minister instead of appointing a new one.
The royals met President Museveni in Rwakitura in August to discuss the kingdom’s issues.
They have since publicly expressed their disagreement with the king on how the kingdom is being run.
A source close to the palace said the Rwakitura visit also escalated the conflict because the king was not aware about it.
“Hate and love can’t be a policy of the kingdom. The kingdom must not take sides and it must understand the difference between a sitting government and the State,” Mr Kibanzanga, said.
But the kingdoms spokesperson, Mr Patrick Nyamunungu, denied there was a split in the royal family.
“I don’t think there is a serious disagreement between the king and the royal family,” Mr Nyamunungu said.
He added: “Those are family matters and they will be sorted out.”
The first Prime Minister Constantine Bwambale resigned and Ms Loyce Biira Bwambale took over. Ms Biira was later sacked. Mr Henry Kandabu was appointed and later suspended on phone before he was eventually replaced by Mr Ivan Syauswa in acting capacity until October 15, when he too was replaced by Mr Noah Nzaghale.