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Rwenzururu King Cautions Subjects Against Propaganda

The message was delivered by the Rwenzururu Chief Prince, Christopher Kibanzanga at the funeral of Leo Baluku, the father to Rwenzururu Queen Nyabaghole Agness Ithungu Asimawe. Kibazanga is also the State Minister for Agriculture.
Nyabaghole laying wreath on her father's casket.

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Rwenzururu King Omusinga Charles Wesley Mumbere has called on the people to desist from propaganda and focus on issues that will manifest into development for the area.

The message was delivered by the Rwenzururu Chief Prince, Christopher Kibanzanga at the funeral of Leo Baluku, the father to Rwenzururu Queen Nyabaghole Agness Ithungu Asimawe. Kibazanga is also the State Minister for Agriculture.

Mumbere is barred from travelling to Kasese, as a condition for his bail, following his arrest in November 2016 when security raided his palace in an offensive that left hundreds dead and more than 200 of his loyalists arrested. But in the message, Mumbere cautioned all kingdom loyalists against being agents of false information that eventually breeds violence in the region.

“The king has little to say, but most importantly, he says you must keep the peace. For peace starts with you, in your heart, in mind and in your family. Desist from the spread of false information, for God and Our Kingdom,” the statement read.

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However, in his capacity as Chief Prince, Kibanzanga said Kasese and Bundibugyo will realize peace if the people turned to God. He asserted that the kingdom is suffering from fundamental problems which will only be contained if some people stopped evil deeds.

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A related message was delivered by the Rwenzururu Queen Agnes Ithungu Asimawe who urged the parents to make peace in their families first and then to the region. She appealed to the people to promote peace and love despite their differences in tribe and political affiliation.

Although only Mumbere was restricted from travelling to Kasese, the Queen had also not stepped foot in the district since November 2016.

Professor Tarsis Kabwegyere, a member of the Mediation Committee between the government and the Rwenzururu Kingdom also called on the people of Kasese to reinforce the peace-building efforts of the other actors. Kabwegyere said that his committee was in the final stages of writing a report that could be key in restoring sanity in Rwenzururu.

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The Late Leo Baluku who succumbed to prostate cancer has been battling the disease for the last 26 years. The 75-year-old is survived by a wife, eleven children and grandchildren.  

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