Omusinga Mumbere’s Regret and Return: Rebuilding Rwenzururu Kingdom

Omusinga Charles Wesley Mumbere. PHOTO/PATRICK KYAMANDUMA

Kasese District | THE BLACK EXAMINER | Omusinga Charles Wesley Mumbere expresses regret over the 2016 security raid on Obuhikira Royal Palace in Kasese, which resulted in over a hundred deaths and the arrest of the King and more than 200 of his subjects. The security operation, citing the palace as a training ground for alleged subversive activities by the Royal guards, was deemed a threat to the state.

In June, Director of Public Prosecutions Jane Frances Abodo dropped all charges against Mumbere and his subjects, including murder, terrorism, treason, malicious property damage, attempted murder, and aggravated robbery, among others, before the International Crimes Division-ICD Court presided over by Lady Justice Alice Komuhangi Khaukha.

Addressing a crowd of his subjects at Kilembe Golf Course in Kasese Municipality, the King attributed the incidents to misinformation that fueled a divide between the cultural institution and the government. He announced his return with the goal of promoting unity and reconciliation, fostering peaceful coexistence, and improving relations with the government to rebuild the Kingdom.

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Mumbere, expressing his gratitude to religious leaders for their prayers before his return, pledged to schedule visits to connect more closely with his subjects. Earlier, Lt. Joe Walunsimbi, the Kasese Resident District Commissioner, welcomed the King and encouraged him to advocate for more development programs during his meetings with his uncle, President Museveni.

King Mumbere is set to celebrate his first coronation anniversary in seven years on October 19th.

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