The Inter-Religious Council of Uganda-IRCU also tried to mediate between the two parties in vain. IRCU notes in its July 14, 2021 letter to the Gender, Labour, and Social Development Minister, Betty Amongi that their efforts to bring the two factions to dialogue have been futile because Wagabyalire, one of the protagonists is disrespectful.
Rogers Taitika, the Elgon Police Spokesperson says that the rate at which accidents are occurring on the roads of Mbale is high and alarming saying that all the accidents that the police have registered are caused by human error, especially bad driving with drivers driving under the influence of alcohol, driving while talking on phone and failure to respect sign posts and pedestrian crossings.
According to eyewitnesses, the accident occurred after a speeding Fuso Truck registration number, UAQ 094W lost control and rammed into two Boda boda cyclists killing them instantly before knocking a pick up belonging to Mbale district local government registration number UBE 669Q.
She said her late sister was her sole caregiver after they lost their two parents who hailed from Busoga region and that after the demise of their parents, her sister migrated with her to Mbale at a very tender age and she has been under her care since then, including paying for her school fees until she died recently.
Mudoma was elected on October 13th, 2020 by a group of clan heads under the embattled Speaker, Nelson Wedaira while Mudoma was elected on December 11th the same year by the cultural council of Inzu Ya Masaba under the guidance of the late former Umukuka Bob Mushikori and Speaker, Sister Rose Nelima.
Nandala says that Mudimi’s letter represents his personal opinion and not that of the Bugisu Parliamentary caucus. In his April 12th, 2021 letter Nandala explains that the caucus has never met on the matter and passed any resolution as claimed by Mudimi.
In October, Jude Mike Mudoma was elected as the Umukuka III by a faction led by the embattled speaker of Inzu Ya Masaba, Nelson Wedaira. In March, members of the cultural council elected John Amram Wagabyalile.
In the meeting, the District LCV Chairpersons unanimously agreed that Mudoma is gazetted as the King of the Bamassaba. They accused the Wagabyalire faction of flouting the guidelines of selecting the cultural leader.
At the time the Mushikor died, there were two people elected to succeed him from two factions; one led by Secretary-General Wilson Wepondi and another by Speaker Nelson Wedaira. The Wepondi faction elected John Amram Wagabyalire, while the Wedaira faction elected Jude Mike Mudoma for the position.
Geoffrey Wepondi, the Secretary General Inzu Ya Masaba Cultural Institution has dismissed Mudoma’s election on grounds that it contravenes a high court order that was issued in August maintaining the status quo.
Francis Nagimesi, the Prime Minister Inzu Ya Masaba, says there will be no grand launch of the circumcision season as it has been in the past years. He asked the Bamasaba to consider the recent purported launch of the circumcision calendar at Mutoto cultural grounds by some individuals illegal.
Magidu Mudebo, the Coordinator of surgeons in Inzu Ya Masaba Cultural institution, says they engaged the leadership of the cultural institution and thought that they had secured permission to go on with the ceremony.
Information obtained by URN shows that CRO is facing financial challenges since several donors have pulled out. A source privy to the workings of CRO told URN on condition of anonymity so as to speak freely that CRO’s head office building along Bishop Wasikye road in Mbale City has been leased off to YY Coaches and Courier Services.