June 29, 2013

MP Kafuda Condemns Police For Blocking Omusinga Visit To Bundibugyo

Kafuda Boaz, the Busongora South Member of Parliament in Kasese district, western Uganda has condemned Police’s action of blocking the Rwenzururu Kingdom Omusinga Charles Wesley Mumbere from visiting his subjects in Budibugyo district.

MP Kafuda Boaz
MP Kafuda Boaz

Kafuda says the force relied on baseless alegations in blocking the Rwenzururu King from visiting Bundibugyo. He was supposed to travel there today.

On Friday evening the government blocked Rwenzururu King Charles Wesley Mumbere from visiting Bundibugyo district for the annual celebration of the Kingdom’s peace day set for Sunday, June 30.

The Inspector General of Police Gen. Kale Kayihura who is camping in Kasese since Thursday announced today that the central government advised King Mumbere and his subjects to have the celebrations in Kasese district where his palace is.

Omusinga wa Rwenzururu Charles Wesley Mumbere
Omusinga wa Rwenzururu Charles Wesley Mumbere

The Peace Day is an event to commemorate the start of the Rwenzururu Movement in 1962, when Bakonjo and Bamba representatives walked out of the Tooro Parliament, the Orukurato, accusing the kingdom of oppression.

Posting on his Facebook wall Saturday, Kafuda says His Majesty Mumbere Charles has a right to move and live freely in any part of the country and that Police acted unconstitutionally. He added that the Internal Affairs minister must Tuesday present on the floor of parliament a explaining Police’s actions.

The mood in Bundibugyo has been tense through out the week.

Clashes between Bamba and Bakonzo during Mumbere’s visit to Bundibugyo in June last year left at least 400 people displaced.

In 2009, the government also blocked the Kabaka of Buganda Kingdom Ronald Muwenda Mutebi in Central Uganda from visiting his subjects in Kayunga district, leading to violent protests that left close to 30 people dead.

This is what Hon Kafuda posted on his wall;

UGANDA POLICE TO BLOCK H.M. WESLEY MUMBERE IRIMANGOMA TO VISIT HIS PEOPLE IN BUNDIBUGYO IS NOT RIGHT.
I strongly and totally condemn the act of the Uganda Police in trying to block H.M. Wesley Mumbere the Omusinga of Rwenzururu to visit his people in Bundibugyo over baseless allegations. H.M. Wesley Mumbere has got a right to enjoy all the fundamental and other human rights and freedoms like any other Ugandan citizen as stated in Article 20 (1&2) of our constitution.

All the Bankonzo in Bundibugyo have a right to culture and similar rights as stated in Article 37 of our constitution and they must be Equally treated like any other Ugandan to enjoy the right of Equality and freedom from discrimination as stated in Article 21(1&2) of our constitution.

H.M. Wesley Mumbere has got a right to move and live freely to all parts of this nation and is safeguarded by Article 29 (2)(a) of the constitution like any other Ugandan citizen.

If the police was wise enough and new that H.M. Omusinga’s visit to Bundibugyo was to bring conflicts in the region as alleged, the police would have convened a conflict resolution dialogue meeting with both parties before the date of the visit but not to embarrass and block H.M. Wesley on his last date to visit his people and denie him to enjoy his fundamental rights and freedoms.

This act of the Uganda police was unconstitutional and it must be challenged in the constitutional court. The minister of internal Affairs must give a statement on the floor of parliament on Tuesday as we resume with business in the House for next week over such unconstitutional acts to Ugandans.

 

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