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Rwenzururu, Bamba King Makes Surprise Visit To Tooro

The Bakonzo and the Batooro have had a strained relationship since 1966, when the Bamba and the Bakonzo formed the Rwenzururu movement and waged war against Tooro. The Bamba and Bakonzo walked out of the Tooro parliament to form Rwenzururu rebellion after they accused Tooro of mistreatment.
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Charles Wesley Mumbere, the Rwenzururu king and Lt Col Martin Kamya, the Bamba cultural leader made a surprise visit to Fort Portal on Sunday to attend the launch of the issuance of national Identity Cards for the Rwenzori region.

This is the first time the two cultural leaders are visiting Fort Portal town, in Kabarole district, the seat of the Tooro Kingdom.

The two cultural institutions have had historical differences spanning four decades and the visit, has been seen as a sign of a possible unity in the region.

Mumbere was the first to arrive then followed by Kamya. When Steven Asiimwe, the master of ceremony, announced their presence, there were loud cheers from the guests as they stood up to catch a glimpse of the two leaders who were seated in the VIP tent.

However, the King of Tooro, Oyo Nyimba Kabamba Iguru Rukidi IV didn\'t attend the event.  He was represented by Bernard Tungwako, the Kingdom Premier who at the end of the function shook hands with Mumbere.  

Geneneral Aronda Nyakairima, the minister of Internal Affairs hailed the two leaders for attending the event, which he said was a step to bringing unity in the region.

Tungwako told Uganda Radio Network that he was happy that Mumbere attended the function, adding that his visit proved critics wrong that the two cultural institutions are enemies, given their historical differences.    

The Bakonzo and the Batooro have had a strained relationship since 1966, when the Bamba and the Bakonzo formed the Rwenzururu movement and waged war against Tooro. The Bamba and Bakonzo walked out of the Tooro parliament to form Rwenzururu rebellion after they accused Tooro of mistreatment.

In 2013, Mumbere protested the surprise visit of Oyo Nyimba to Kasese district. King Oyo visited the district in the company of the Queen Mother Best Kemigisa and his sister Princess Ruth Komuntale. Mumbere argued that it was wrong for Oyo to visit his territory without informing his administration.

Last year, Tooro Kingdom accused President Museveni of dividing the kingdom to weaken its power and supremacy after recognizing Bamba cultural institution. This was after Museveni attended the crowning of Kamya in Bundibugyo.

The then kingdom premier, Steven Kaliba said creating other cultural institutions out of Tooro Kingdom will caused ethnic and tribal tension in the region.

Last year, Kamya, and Mumbere reconciled and resolved to end the cultural differences among their subjects in Rwenzori sub-region.

This followed simultaneous attacks in the region which left more than 90 people dead.