“Enjoy responsibly, be peaceful and encourage others to also embrace peace."
The king of Rwenzururu kingdom Charles Wesley Mumbere (pictured left) has urged his subjects to be calm and peaceful in his Christmas message.
His message was conveyed by the monarchy’s spokesperson, Clarence Bwambale.
Mumbere is on remand at Luzira Prison over counts including terrorism, murder, aggravated robbery and attempted murder. He was arrested at his palace on November 27 by security forces.
The other suspects, including his former acting prime minister, Johnson Thembo Kitsumbire, are also remanded in various prisons.
“He calls for calm and being peaceful. He is fine and together with us in all the hard times,” reads the message.
“Be careful about the advice you receive, mind the words you utter for you may be the conflict yourself. Let’s speak a language that will restore peace, confidence and sanity among the population. Rwenzori is bigger than us as individuals.”
The message, issued from Buhikira Royal Palace – the Kampala Palace of the Rwenzururu – says the “Omusinga is in good health, strong and the royal family also very fine”.
Noting that peace is a prerequisite and that starts with each individual, Mumbere also asks the subjects to pray for the souls of “our brothers and sister, those in prison and the entire region”.
“With the birth of Jesus Christ, let him be born in our hearts, soften our mind and help us to shake hands again,” adds the king, saying Rwenzori needs peace.
“Enjoy responsibly, be peaceful and encourage others to also embrace peace,” concludes Mumbere’s missive.