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Bundibugyo to install cultural leader
Publish Date: May 28, 2014
Bundibugyo to install cultural leader
The crown prince Martin Kamya arrives in Bundibugyo
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By Ali Wasswa and Raymond Baguma

The crown prince Martin Kamya, the cultural leader of the Obudhingya bwa Bwamba, on Wednesday made a triumphant entry in Bundibugyo ahead of his installation this Friday.

Martin Kamya, as the Omudhingya (King) will become the hereditary cultural leader of the Bamba, Babwisi and Bavanuma communities in western Uganda districts of Bundibugyo and Ntoroko.

Kamya a retired major in the UPDF will be installed in a ceremony that will be attended by President Yoweri Museveni, according to Fulgensio Bamwitirebye, the chairperson of the organising committee.

People of Bundibugyo welcome the Omundhingya

Today, he made an entry in Bundibugyo in a motorcade, welcomed by a multitude of loyalists. He stood out from an open roof Toyota Prado and waved as he was cheered on by jubilant crowds.

Speaking on phone on Wednesday Harriet Ntabazi, the Bundibugyo Woman MP said that the Obudhingya bwa Bwamba was gazetted this month May 6 as the 13th cultural institution of Uganda.

“We thank Government for solving the issue and gazetting it as a cultural institution. There is excitement about our cultural leader. We call on people to respect and give honour to cultural leaders and develop our country. It’s a new cultural institution and we ask the old cultural institutions to support in mothering it,” said Ntabazi.

Maj. Kamya is a son of the late Jeremiah Kawamara, who is the founder of the Obudhingya bwa Bwamba. On Wednesday, Bundibugyo town was a scene fanfare as supporters of the cultural institution jubilated ahead of Kamya’s installation.

Renovation works have been ongoing of a building which will be the main seat and parliament of the institution. The concrete structure with green corrugated iron-sheets is next to the police station in Bundibugyo town.

Women with fresh banana leaves strapped around their waists, danced to sound of the royal drum as workers put final touches to the newly plastered structure. Present was Rhoda Kawamara, the mother to Kamya.

People of Bundibugyo welcome the Omundhingya

Also the tomb the founder Kawamara, has received a coat of paint with tiles. Kawamara was one of the leaders of the Rwenzururu armed struggle that opposed the rule of Tooro kingdom alongside Isaya Mukirane, the father of Rwenzururu King Wesley Mumbere.

Also, two years ago in October 2012, Government cleared Kamya to resign from the army and be installed as the cultural leader of the Obudhingya bwa Bwamba.


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