King Mumbere blames politicians for fuelling Rwenzururu conflict

Monday September 24 2012

The Rwenzururu king, Charles Wesley Mumbere (2L), arrives at a public function in Kasese Town

The Rwenzururu king, Charles Wesley Mumbere (2L), arrives at a public function in Kasese Town recently. The king said his kingdom was peaceful before politicians began brainwashing the populace, causing rifts. PHOTO BY Enid Ninsiima. 

By Enid Ninsiima


The Omusinga of Rwenzururu, King Charles Mumbere Iremangoma, has accused politicians of initiating and fuelling tribal conflicts in his kingdom.

The royal blamed some politicians in Kasese and Bundibugyo districts for planting hatred among the Bamba and Basongora to rebel against the kingdom, which he said led to some bloodshed. “Tribal conflicts are very hard to fight compared to a war between different countries because they may result in mass killings. I am very disappointed with our politicians who confuse the population,” he said.

King Mumbere said the Bakonzo had lived peacefully with the Bamba and Basongora for generations but started drifting apart after being brainwashed by politicians who do not wish well the kingdom.
The Omusinga, who was the chief guest at a tree-planting campaign in Hima Town Council, at the weekend, said: “It is shameful to see that other tribes which are being housed in our district have tried to break away from us. During our struggle to rebel against Tooro Kingdom, the Bakonzo, Basongora and Banyabindi were united for one cause.”

The king said dialogue should prevail during situations where there are conflicts among some tribes.
He hinted on the fact that Kasese is very accommodative, which he said has resulted into some settlers enjoying the hospitality in his kingdom to amass wealth.

“Rwenzururu veterans who shed blood for their kingdom can’t seat back and see other people disturbing their freedom,” the king, who warned people against misusing the hospitality and politeness of his people, said.

He invited development partners to support his kingdom’s drive of environmental and cultural conservation, revealing that his kingdom has so far distributed more than 40,000 tree seedlings to farmers as one way of conserving the environment and protecting the cultural heritage in his kingdom.