Mathias Nabuteri, the Deputy Prime Minister and in charge of the Umukuka’s Protocol, says the installation of the new leader was necessary since there are functions, which can only be presided over by the Umukuka. He says Wagabyalire now awaits the official coronation that will happen after the burial of his predecessor.
Wagabyalire has been installed the Umukuka III and head of the Inzu Ya Masaba Cultural Institution. He was installed on Monday following his election in December
last year to replace Bob Saul Kipiro Mushikori, the Second Umukuka who passed
died on Monday last week.
Mushikori succumbed to diabetes at his home in Mbale City. His
body is still lying in the Mbale City Morgue pending burial, which is tentatively
scheduled for January 30th, 2021. On Monday, the leadership of Inzu
Ya Masaba convened a special meeting to pay tribute to the late Mushikor and install Wagabyalire, saying the institution
can’t run without a leader who is supposed to make decisions in the
The institution has also officially started rituals for mourning the deceased
Umukuka. They include drumming big drums by Mushikori’s clan members that will
go on until the day of the burial. This
will also include identifying Mushikor’s heir among his children, family and
clan. Each of the 26 clans will conduct a cleansing ritual that involves
slaughtering a bull, goat and cock. On the day of the burial, each clan will
hold a mourning ceremony that will involve drumming big drums and chants in their
Mathias Nabuteri, the Deputy Prime Minister and in charge of
the Umukuka’s Protocol, says the installation of the new leader was necessary since
there are functions, which can only be presided over by the Umukuka. He
says Wagabyalire now
awaits the official coronation that will happen after the burial of his
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Kwar Adhola Moses Stephen Owor, the head of the Jopadhola Cultural Institution,
who presided over the installation of Wagabyalire paid glowing tribute to the late Mushikori. He revealed that the late Mushikor was a
personal friend, which made it necessary for him to come in-person to pay
tribute other than sending a condolence message.
Kirinya Ayubu is the URN Bureau Chief of Elgon/Bukedi Sub Regions . He holds a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communication from Islamic University in Uganda and a Diploma in Computer Science and Information Technology from the same University.