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.
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
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
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
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
Makasi said he was attending the requiem service in his
capacity as subject of Rwenzururu Kingdom and not as Kingdom Attorney General.
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“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.
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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.
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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.
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Bundibugyo district chairperson, Ronald Muthegheki appealed
to mourners to accord the deceased respect by laying her to rest quietly but
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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.