The Obusinga Bwa Rwenzururu-OBR cultural Institution
in Kasese District is set to hold the first coronation anniversary celebrations
in six years since the arrest of Charles Wesley Mumbere.
Mumbere faces treason, terrorism and murder charges arising from the November 27, 2016
military attack on his palace which left over a hundred of his subjects dead.
The Institution has been cancelling the four previous
coronation anniversary ceremonies slated for every 19th October, citing
harsh bail terms slapped on the cultural leader.
But the Kingdom prime minister,
Joseph Kule Muranga told URN that they have been instructed by the cultural
leader to organize events that will make the 55th coronation
He says the main object of this celebrations
among others include; enhancing peace and co-existence among the people of
Rwenzori-Sub Region and strengthening efforts towards preserving the cultural
heritage through environmental conservation. The kingdom is one of the areas most vulnerable to climatic change hazards in the country, that cause flooding which destroys lives and property.
This year’s weeklong events will be
celebrated under the theme, “Beginning our new journey to foster peace and
environment conservation” starting from 12th.
The activities will include planting
of trees, visiting cultural heritage sites and launch of OBR comprehensive
environmental conservation program and dialogues.
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However, Muranga says the event will miss
out on some of the key cultural rituals because they can only be performed by
the king or when he is around.
Muranga says they are extending
invitations to 200 people to grace the function adding that no other cultural
institution leaders have been invited on account of observing SOPs.
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Muranga also says the celebrations
signal the growing cordial relationship between OBR and the government.
He maintains that efforts to free
Mumbere and other kingdom citizens still in prison are progressing well and he
is optimistic that he will grace next year’s celebrations.
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Rev. Ezra Mukonjo the chairperson
Inter-Religious Council representing Kasese says the moment should be a
reflection on how the cultural institution can grow in peace.
He welcomes the celebrations as a healing process for people who were hurt by the 2016 incidents and the cultural
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Christine Biira a resident of Kisanga B in Kasese town welcomes the commemorations with reservation, reasonong that Kasese people can only be happy once Mumbere is free to return to his Kingdom.