By Jolly Gwari and Agencies
Rwenzururu King (Omusinga), Charles Wesley Mumbere Irema-Ngoma has suspended his brother, Christopher Kibanzanga from the position of the Chief Prince of Rwenzururu kingdom. Mumbere has also scrapped the position until further notice.
Notably, Kibanzanga has been also working as the State Minister for agriculture. “By the virtue of powers entrusted to me by the constitution of Obusinga Bwa Rwenzururu and the royal family, I hereby suspend your position and title of the chief prince,” the June 25 letter reads in part.
King Mumbere says that his young brother has used the position of Chief Prince to undermine the Rwenzururu King, members of the Royal Family, the Prime Ministerial Commission and the Kingdom’s topmost organs, the Privy Council to the King.
According to the letter, Mr. Kibanzanga on June 14 stole the body of the Queen Mother, Ms Christine Biira Mukirania, from Fort Portal Hospital mortuary and buried her two days later at Kirindi Village in Bundibugyo District against her will. “Your behavior on June 14 worsened our grief.
I was particularly upset including your other siblings (members of the royal family), when you aggressively stormed Buhinga Hospital mortuary and took away the body of our mother,’’ Mumbere wrote.
In addition, Mumbere says that his brother’s actions undermined the image of the kingdom, “Your highhandedness and arrogant actions denied your siblings, the deceased grandchildren and daughters’ in-law and kingdom members to pay their last final respect for our mother. And in fact, by doing so, some cultural rituals that would have been performed in respect to our mother were suspended,” the letter further reads.
Mumbere was granted 14 days by Court to travel to his kingdom to mourn and bury his mother, but changed his mind on June 14 on hearing that Mr. Kibanzanga had defied his orders. He had ordered that the deceased’s remains be buried at Nyamirangara Village in Muhokya Sub-county, Kasese District, on June 18.