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Mumbere to Subjects: Kingdom Wows Politically Motivated

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In his message, Mumbere said all the trouble that the kingdom has gone through in the past years is a result of preplanned moves orchestrated by elements that are against the kingdom and him as an individual.
King Mumbere and his Wife at the Internarional Crimes Division of High Court in Kampala. File Photo

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The burning of the remaining part of the Rwenzururu royal palace was politically motivated, according to the Rwenzururu King Charles Wesley Mumbere. He revealed this in a recorded radio program broadcast on Wednesday night by the Kasese based Messiah Radio.  

This comes four months after unknown people torched the remnants of the Rwenzururu royal palace, which also doubled as Mumbere’s official residence and office. The burnt structure contained cultural items. 



In his message, Mumbere said all the trouble that the kingdom has gone through in the past years is a result of preplanned moves orchestrated by elements that are against the kingdom and him as an individual.  

He said those who burnt the palace positioned all the royal items together before setting them ablaze. Mumbere questioned how jerrycans of petrol were carried into the palace in the presence of security officers who have maintained presence since 2016. 

 

//Cue in: “Obundi yosi ana amazi… 

Cue out: …politically motivated.”// 

Literaly translated 

“Any person who has knowledge knows it very well that what we are being accused of and what we are going through today, it was started by certain people and we were only set into their missions, they have now begun showing their faces, that house could not burn itself…” Mumbere said

Mumbere said he is aware that some people have been informing the government that Kasese is currently peaceful in his absence with intentions of blocking efforts for his return. He mentioned that he doesn’t recall a time when he ordered the royal guards to attack the government. 


//Cue in: “Omusinga...





Cue out: …government of Uganda.”// “




"Verbally translated

"They say when Omusinga left, the area is peaceful so that I can be seen as a violent person and whatever happened, it was executed by certain individuals so that I can be blamed and incinerated in kampala…”  

Mumbere says the decision to burn the palace was designed to create violence so that the culture leader and the institution can remain in the bad books of the government. However, he applauds the subjects for not raising, adding that the institution remains strong in spite of his absence.  

//Cue in: “Abaana nabatuma ba royal… 

Cue out: …no mujinga.”//  

Rwenzururu prime minister, Joseph Kule Muranga told URN reporter on Thursday morning that the communication is a clear message that the King is still in control of the institution.

//Cue in: "He communicated...

Cue out: ...going to communicate."//



This is the first direct message from Mumbere to his subjects since the police and army raided his place in 2016. More than one hundred royal guards lost their lives in the raid while a similar number was picked up together with Mumbere and were charged with among others treason, murder, attempted and robbery.

Mumbere, his Prime Minister, Johnson Tembo Kitsumbire and six minors made bail in 2017. However, Mumbere was barred from accessing Kasese, Bundibugyo and Kabarole district for fear of interfering with the investigations. In January, Jinja court released 132 royal guards on bail.

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