Museveni: Wrangles Delayed Obusinga Restoration

viagra geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>Addressing hundreds of people who included many veterans that fought under the Rwenzururu Movement in the 1960s, the President said the NRM fought for peace which has now been restored and as such the Movement does not wish to see any group of people in the country suffer due to lack of peace fanned by ethnic or tribal tensions.

Mr. Museveni told the rally on Sunday at the Boma grounds in Kasese Municipality that the Rwenzururu struggle was a protest against the marginalization of the Bakonzo under the Tooro kingdom.

He, however, warned that after getting the Obusinga Bwa Rwenzururu, supporters of that traditional institution should not fall victim to the same mistakes of marginalising or mistreating other groups in the region.

“I kindly ask you to have dialogue in the region and see how you can live together peacefully. Where you need my support, I am very available. Please, use peaceful means and see how all of you can live harmoniously,” the President advised.

The Bakonzo and Bamba people of Rwenzori sub-region had been integrated in Tooro kingdom but, in 1962, they rebelled against Tooro in a protracted skirmish. However, the Omusinga announced that his people had reconciled with Tooro after more than 40 years of enemity.

The President noted that “just as the supporters of Obusinga protested the dominance of Tooro kingdom and wanted to exercise their rights, so are the others who live in Kasese under Obusinga, so, give dialogue a chance to find a lasting solution,” he said.

Mr. Museveni said that when the NRM took power, the people of the sub-region demanded for the Obusinga institution which the Movement had no problem with, but the idea generated disagreement among the people leading to delayed restoration of the Obusinga.

“When we came into leadership, you demanded for Obusinga Bwa Rwenzururu and we had no problem with it but you disagreed among yourselves and it took time to get a harmonious position. Now that this has been overcome, let everyone embrace peace,” he advised.

“When the installation of Omusinga delayed, selfish people used it as propaganda to portray me as opposed to the Obusinga which was not the case. I never fight for restoration of cultural institutions and leadership, and I don’t oppose any group that wants their cultural institution reinstated. Agree as a community. Those who agreed had theirs reinstated straight away”, he said.

President Museveni, therefore, said that Uganda needs peace so that it is enabled to embark on development. He emphasized that there is no need for conflicts between citizens or between tribes noting that the best thing is to have dialogue for a solution


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