The Rwenzururu Kingdom cultural leader, Omusinga (king) Charles Wesley Mumbere, has appointed an acting prime minister following the arrest and detention of the incumbent premier Noah Nzaghale over the July 5 attacks in the Rwenzori sub-region that left at least 90 people dead.
The new prime minister, Mr Enock Muhindo, is a veteran civil servant and was a headteacher of Saad Memorial SS in Kasese. He has also been a headteacher of Rwenzori Christian Vocational SS.
He is a former kingdom’s health minister and was appointed Speaker of the kingdom’s House of Representatives in 2012.
Mr Muhindo will serve in acting capacity until the kingdom announces contrary terms.
Filling the gap
Addressing the press at his palace on Wednesday, Omusinga Mumbere said the activities in and by the kingdom cannot stall because the incumbent prime minister and other ministers have been arrested.
“Work must continue,” he said.
He also mandated the deputies of the ministers who are in detention to immediately act in offices of their senior ministers so that kingdom work does not stall.
Mr Nzaghale, the incumbent premier, is detained in Katojo prison and is undergoing trial in the military court with 51 others on charges of participating and masterminding the July 5 attacks in Kasese, Ntoroko and Bundibugyo districts.
Mr Nzaghale and his co-accused appeared before the Army’s Court Martial in Kasese on Tuesday. At least 214 other people had by Wednesday also turned themselves in at the reception centres in Kasese and Bundibugyo to seek amnesty for participating in the attacks.
After the attacks, President Museveni announced an amnesty for participating attackers who would surrender willingly and seek pardon from the governemnt.
Among the detained Rwenzururu kingdom officials are minister in charge of the Bayira in eastern DR Congo, the minister for Information Mr Eli Nyakango, kingdom Spokesperson, Mr Julius Baluku and culture minister, Mr Aganatius Katya.
King Mumbere appealed to the government to appoint a neutral committee to investigate and establish the cause and perpetrators of the attacks.
He blamed the attacks on some wrong people to undermine Obusinga Bwa Rwenzururu.
He said that a day before the attacks, he had dispatched a team of peace negotiators to Bundibugyo to meet Bamba and Bakonzo elders to discuss how peace and reconciliation could prevail among the communities in the Rwenzori sub-region.
Mumbere appealed to the leaders of the Obudingiya Bwa Bwamba (Bamba cultural institution) to ensure safety of all people in Bundibugyo regardless of their ethnic identity.
Mr Muhindo pledged to ensure harmonious continuity of Obusinga Bwa Rwenzururu.
He also appealed to the government to dig deeper into the roots of the Rwenzori violence and establish the true culprits