The President of the Republic of Uganda, H.E. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has commended the Bamasaaba for the peaceful transition that they have had in their cultural leadership from one Umukuuka (King) to another.
In a speech read for him by the Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Jacob Oulanyah, the President praised the Bamasaaba for the standard they had set in cultural transition.
“After witnessing several disagreements in hereditary succession, one cannot take it for granted that such transitions will always be systematic, peaceful and uncontested. The installation ceremony of His Highness Bob S.K Mushikori, Umukuuka We Bamasaaba, took place at Mutoto grounds in Mbale on Sunday, 15th November 2015.
“I must commend the Bamasaaba for setting a good example to all other cultural Institutions in Uganda,” he said.
The President reaffirmed that the NRM Government has always been sensitive to needs of the people and had responded thus in 1993 when people requested the restoration of cultural institutions.
“Government weighed this request carefully and when it was convinced beyond doubt that it was desired by the majority of the people, we acted in their interest.
“We recognised that it was vital for the promotion of our cultural values, which had suffered following the abolition of Kingdoms by the leaders of the government in the 1960s.”
The President also reaffirmed that culture and politics can be complementary when leadership values are prioritized.
“Our Government recognises that political systems can peacefully co-exist with our traditional kingdoms, as long as all the leaders are working for good of their people.”
He thereby urged the new Umukuuka to ensure that his people adhere to Government programmes that will free the Bamasaaba from poverty.
The Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Jacob Oulanyah, also acknowledged the Umukuuka as one of the pillars of regional unity especially as he was a leader of people living on both sides of the border with Kenya.
The Master of Ceremonies, Hon. Eng. Irene Muloni, Minister for Energy and Minerals, thanked the President for his donation of Shs100m towards the installation ceremony as well as the pledge he made to construct a cultural centre towards international tourism for the Bamasaaba.
The function was attended by religious leaders, diplomats, past and present Members of Parliament, cultural leaders from Tororo, Soroti, Busoga; and multitudes of the Bamasaaba from both Uganda and Kenya.