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Basongora Warn Ndahura II Kashagama Against Masquerading As Cultural Leader

According to 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 Kingdom.
19 Nov 2021 16:19
Notice of intension to sue-cum demand notice given to Ndahura II

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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.

The group 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.

According to 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 Kingdom.

They argue 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 father.

The letter 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.

They say 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.

“To that 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.

Ezira Nyalwa, 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.”//

Kashagama however 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 completed.

//Cue in: “The institutional exists… 

 Cue out: …not a worry.”//

Kashagama also 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.

//Cue in: “My father is musongora… 

 Cue out: …half are not."//

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