Rwenzururu King, Charles Wesley Mumbere Iremangoma has appealed for amnesty to the over 200 suspects of the July 5 Rwenzori attacks that left over 100 people dead. The suspects are facing trial in the Army General Court Martial.
Among those on trial is Rwenzururu Premier Noah Nzaghale, his deputy Yeremia Mutoro, several obusinga ministers and youths jointly facing 12 counts of murder and five counts of attempted murder. Nzagale has since been sent on leave pending the outcome of the trail.
Mumbere said that since some of the organizers of the attacks have been granted amnesty, Government needs to extend the pardon to those facing trial so that they can be cautioned and guarded towards nation building.
He also asked the central government not to underestimate the reasons why Bakonzo subjects decided to attack military installations but rather commission a broad study into the main causes of conflicts in the Rwenzori region. Mumbere argues that only through this, will government be able to address the problem.
Mumbere made the appeal at the celebrations to mark the 48th coronation anniversary of Omusinga wa Rwenzururu held at the Kilembe Mines Golf Course in Kasese town on Sunday. It was the first public function organized by Rwenzururu Kingdom to be attended by the Omundingiya wa Bwamba (King of Bwamba) Martin Kamya since the reconciliation of the two leaders. The Batwa cultural leader from Bundibugyo Geoffrey Nzito was also in attendance.
Mumbere also re-echoed his call for the establishment of the Rwenzori Cultural Leaders Forum which he said would include himself, the king of Tooro, Oyo Nyimba Kabamba Iguru and Bwamba King Martin Kamya as leaders of the only three recognized institutions so far.
However, while delivering a written speech of the president, Vice President Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi did not comment on Mumbere’s call for amnesty. He instead underscored the role of the cultural institutions in Uganda saying they have revived the heritage of the country since independence. The president called for tolerance and togetherness among the different cultural institutions in the country.