A section of
the Basongora in Kasese District has issued a seven-day ultimatum to Ndahura II
Kashagama aka Daniel Kashagama to refrain from representing the Basongora
as their cultural leader.
through their lawyers of Ouma and Co. Advocates also demand James Bakeine, the
Minister for Tourism and International Relations, and Birungi Twalib, the Trade
Minister to stop representing the Basongora Community.
a notice of intention to sue dated November 18 and addressed to the three, it
notes that Kashagama illegally claims to be a cultural leader of the Busongora
that in 2012, the Basongora crowned Ivan Bwebale Rutakirwa Rwigi IV as the
cultural leader and head of the clan of the Basongora community. Rutakirwa
Rwigi IV died in April 2015 and Bwebale Apollo was crowned to succeed his late
notes that Kashagama is Mukonzo born to the late Amon Bazira, a former minister
in the Obote II regime. They also add that Birungi is a Mutooro and
Bakeine a Mukiga who cannot culturally represent Basongora.
that the actions of the three are illegal, unconstitutional, and high-handed
and contravene the law. They
want the group to immediately stop representing Basongora.
end, our firm and strict instructions are to proceed against you for the
illegal and unlawful actions of holding out to be a cultural leader and
official from the Busongora Kingdom....” reads part of the letter.
the lawyer says that his clients are concerned that persons illegally
representing the Basongora community are using their fake positions fraudulently to acquire and misuse Basongora resources especially land.
//Cue in: “There is a one…
Cue out: …give their consent.”//
says the notice is spearheaded by people who are trying to derail the unity
of the Basongora. He notes that he and the elders
of the institution have been working with the government to ensure that in the
nearest possible time the process of installing a cultural leader is
“The institutional exists…
Cue out: …not a worry.”//
maintains that he is a Musongora with traceable history and the Busongora
cultural institution is recognized and there are ongoing plans for it to be gazetted
by the government.