8 January 2016

Uganda: Drama As Busongora 'King' Is Denounced

Kasese — There was drama at the Busongora king's palace in Muhokya Trading Centre in Kasese District last Monday as the kingdom ministers and the royal family of late Ivan Bwebale Rutakirwa Rwigi IV met and denounced a new claimant to the throne.

The meeting, chaired by the deputy prime minister and minister for culture, MrJames Bwebale, denounced Mr Dan Kashagama Bazira, who had declared himself as king, and said he had replaced Apollo Bwebale Kabumba V before Christmas.

Mr Kashagama, son of late Amon Bazira, who has been serving as minister for foreign affairs in the Busongora Heritage Kingdom, declared himself the new king of Busongora kingdom, after a meeting on November 28, 2015 at Kabirizi, and appointed himself as the chairperson governing council of the kingdom.

Mr Apollo Bwebale, the Resident District Commissioner Kyenjojo, was crowned the Busongora king after the death of his father Ivan Bwebale in early 2015 but since then he has been away from the kingdom. This prompted a move by some subjects to topple him.

Mr Kashagama on Monday stormed out of the meeting that disowned him as king, after he was denied to sit on the king's traditional seat by the chief prince Robert Kagyenda Bwebale.

He later accused the royal family and the ministers of lack of respect.

Sources said the Basongora are waiting for President Museveni to release Mr Bwebale from government service to serve as their king.

Meanwhile, the meeting voted chief prince Robert Kagyenda Bwebale as the acting cultural head.

Among the reasons Kashagama is opposed by many Basongora is that his late father Amon Bazira, the then commander of National Army for the Liberation of Uganda (NALU) rebellion, was a Munyabindi from Bwera and not a Musongora, but was appointed a kingdom minister in order to bring on board minority tribes.istrict.

But Kashangama argues that his father was a Musongora but mistaken to be a Munyabindi.

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