Mao: Museveni to Blame for Rwenzori Crisis

remedy http://csautomation.net/wp-content/plugins/woocommerce/templates/global/wrapper-start.php sans-serif; font-size: small; line-height: 150%;”>While addressing the media at DP headquarters in Kampala on Tuesday, http://cooperativenet.com/wp-content/plugins/nextgen-gallery/products/photocrati_nextgen/modules/validation/mixin.validation.php Mao stressed that President Museveni masterminded the policy of creating small kingdoms within big ancient kingdoms in order to weaken all the available powerful cultural institutions, a move that has backfired.

“The constitution demands for the restoration of Kingdoms but not creation of new kingdoms so not every tribe should be turned into a kingdom,” said Mao.

The politician criticised Museveni’s decision of commissioning the Bamba Cultural Institution from the greater Rwenzururu Kingdom which he said stirred up tensions thus leading to the weekend attacks that swept through three districts of Ntoroko, Kasese and Bundibugyo.

Speaking recently at Kamya’s coronation, Museveni warned cultural leaders against hostilities.

“In the case of the Rwenzori region and Busoga, I appeal to you to stop the unnecessary rivalries among the cultural heads. You should always work out a win-win solution for the diverse communities in the respective regions,” said Museveni.

“No community is subservient to the other. Every community, big or small, was put here by God and must be respected. Anybody who cannot see this is in the wrong place.”

Mao also brought to the attention of the media the 2009 Kayunga saga in which the king of Buganda was barred from attending a youth function in Kayunga which falls under his rule.

He further stressed that the Kayunga saga sparked off a protracted unrest which left a trail of bloodshed and destruction of property.

However, President Museveni in his long statement accused some cultural leaders of making sectarian and hate speeches leading to the death of the over 65 people in the region.

“When you hear some of the spokesmen of the cultural institutions that we restored speaking, they speak as if it is not the people that govern themselves. Worse still, acting the opposite to our message of non-sectarianism,” said Museveni in a statement.

“We encouraged HH Omusinga to have dialogue with these groups. I do not know how far that dialogue has gone. I have, however, been hearing of some chauvinistic positions from some of those who claim to be supporting Obusinga.”

“They seem to insist that the Omusinga, apart from the Omukama of Tooro in his area, should be the only cultural leader in Rwenzori region. Yet, there are other ethnic groups in the like the Bamba, Basongora, Banyabindi with different ideas and ideas to which in several meetings with me, I have always made it categorically clear.”

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