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Mumbere and the Prime Ministerial Commission of the Kingdom want the late Mukirania to be buried at her Nyamirangara Estate in Muhokya Sub County in Kasese while Kibanzanga wants her mum buried at her ancestral home in Kirindi in Harugale Sub County in Bundibugyo district.
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Rwenzururu Kingdom officials boycotted the requiem service for the Queen Mother Nyamusinga Christine Biira Mukirania on Saturday. Mukirania succumbed to diabetes and hypertension at Kilembe Mines Hospital in Kasese Municipality early this week.   

There is sharp a dispute pitying King Charles Wesley Mumbere, the King of Rwenzururu Kingdom against his brother and Chief Prince, Christopher Kibanzanga on where the deceased’s remains should be buried. 

Mumbere and the Prime Ministerial Commission of the Kingdom want the late Mukirania to be buried at her Nyamirangara Estate in Muhokya Sub County in Kasese  while Kibanzanga wants her mum buried at her ancestral home in Kirindi in Harugale Sub County in Bundibugyo district. 

On Friday, Kibanzanga stormed out of a crisis meeting that had been convened to solve the impasse. He picked the body from Buhinga Hospital mortuary in Fort Portal and took it to his ancestral village in Bundibugyo. 

On Saturday afternoon, mourners congregated at St Barnabas Church of Uganda in a requiem mass for Mukirania.  However, with the exception of Kibanzanga and Princess Asinasi Kunihira Muhindo all immediate royal family members were missing. 

Mukirania sired seven children including Mumbere and William Kibanzanga, the youngest member of the family. 

He told URN on phone that they had boycotted the funeral service.  “I am in Kasese and I deliberately didn’t want to attend the funeral service. My sisters are also here. I will give you details later,” he said.  

Only a handful of officials from Rwenzururu Kingdom including the kingdom’s Attorney General Alfred Makasi and former deputy premier, Yeremiah Mutooro who currently sits on the Privy Council of Rwenzururu Kingdom attended. 

Makasi said he was attending the requiem service in his capacity as subject of Rwenzururu Kingdom and not as Kingdom Attorney General.       

Vernacular     

//Cue in: “Omusinga analyendibya hanu….”

Cue out: “…e Bundibugyo Ibamu tsikayo.”//  

Translation 

“As you’re aware I am the Kingdom’s Attorney, I played my role to ensure that the King is allowed to bury his mother. I am yet to be sent here so I don’t have any special message from either the king or the kingdom administration. If the message comes, we shall let you know,” Makasi said. 

Kibanzanga says it was a difficult time following the death of his mother. He prided in having brought his deceased mother on their ancestral land. Kibanzanga said his mother had showed him the ancestral land in 1978 and it was only fitting that he buries her there.

//Cue in: “It is a very…   

Cue out: “…mama y’omwirungu.”/

On Friday, a series of meetings between the prime ministerial committee of the kingdom and Kibanzanga didn’t build consensus on where to bury the queen mother. Kibanzanga defied Mumbere's directives to bury their mother on Tuesday in Kasese. He accused the prime ministerial committee of attempting to humiliate his mother by burying her in a maize garden.

//Cue in: “Burying my mother….”

Cue out: “….known to them.”//

He says that it is entirely his responsibility to make funeral arrangements for all royal family members as a Chief Prince since the king doesn’t get directly involved in burying. Asked if his decisions wouldn’t put him on a collision course with Kingdom officials, Kibanzanga said he doesn't care.

//Cue in: “I don’t care…”

Cue out: “…Bundibugyo district.”//

Bundibugyo district chairperson, Ronald Muthegheki appealed to mourners to accord the deceased respect by laying her to rest quietly but decently.

//Cue in: “Indi thwabirihaho ….   

Cue out: “…decent send off.”//

Mukirania’s body will be displayed for public viewing at Harugale Primary School later today before she is buried at Kirindi in Harugale Sub county Bundibugyo district.

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