President Yoweri Museveni on Friday evening met members of the Rwenzururu Kingdom Royal Family including former Busongora South Member of Parliament Hon. Kibanzanga Christopher.
The royal family members included; Prince Kibanzanga William, Queen Mother Nyamukama Christine, Princess Kunihira Asnasi, Princess Moyo Christine, Princess Kunihira Asnasi and Princess Joyce Furaha.
Kibanzanga who subscribes to opposition party Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) and a known critic of President Museveni’s regime met the president; a move observers say was a clear indication of the two ‘burying the hatchet’.
However, the meeting was far from politics as the President and his guests discussed creation of wealth among households in the area and the way forward following an understanding reached.
Rwenzururu Kingdom Queen Mother Nyamukama Christine said to the President, “am handing over my children to you for guidance.”
The Chief Prince, Hon. Kibanzanga M. Christopher, informed the President that they were looking forward for the Royal family to engage with the people to focus more on development rather than on politics all the time.
Kibanzanga also pointed that much as the Kingdom had erred in some ways, it was important to take lessons and maintain focus on peace, security and development saying;
“We recognize that we have made some mistakes which have led to registration of failures on both sides. But the most important thing is not to emphasize our failures but to take lessons and refocus our attention on peace, security, unity and development in our kingdom.”
He added “We have come here as members of the Royal family to ensure that all opportunities are not lost of repairing the golden relationship you had built with the Kingdom of Rwenzururu. For the sake of peace, unity, security and development in our region, the misunderstanding between your Government and the Institution of Obusinga Bwa Rwenzururu has got to be resolved.”
Kibanzanga on behalf of the royal entourage presented a request to the president that he says will improve the productivity of the Banyarwenzuru in the field of agriculture.
“We request Government to include us in your designed program of Luwero-Rwenzori. Your Excellency, in the field of Agriculture which employs almost 85% of the Banyarwenzururu population we intend to continue working with Great Lakes Rwenzori Farmers Cooperative Society to organise the farmers for increased productivity of premium quality coffee.” He said.
The President agreed to the Royal Family’s request, well articulated by Hon. Kibanzanga, to compensate them for the land in the National Park, be given land on the lower land on which they would construct a cultural and peace centre in memory of their father Isaya Mukirane, who died for peace. The centre would house the following:
* A museum to reflect and showcase the culture and art of the people of Rwenzururu Kingdom
* A primary schoool “Buhikira Royal Primary School.”
* Skill and language development facility
* Community hall for social interaction
* Restaurant and Accomodation
* Twenty huts to represent the Banyarwenzururu community clans
* Royal Clinic
The President thanked the Royal Family for the visit. Having pacified the whole territory of Uganda, the President has more time to resolve pending issues such as those of the Obusinga Bwa Rwenzururu.
Government recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Ssaabasajja Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II that marked the return of Ebyaffe to Buganda Kingdom. With great patience the President continues to work to consolidate peace and unity in the country and in the Great Lakes Region and in Africa as a whole.
Adapted From Sarah Kagingo’s Facebook Wall
Kagingo is the Special Presidential Assistant on Communications.