EDITORâ€” Mr. Swaleh Tibamwenda accuses the government of Uganda of being inclined to recognising Omusinga Mumbere as the rightful king of Rwenzururu Kingdom. It would be a grave mistake for the Government of Uganda to make Tibamwenda a king because he is not even a prince among the Bakonzo.
Kings are peopleâ€™s representatives. Let him go to Kasese town or any section of Mount Rwenzori with his claim and see how many people know him. Several researches have shown that Omusinga Mumbere is the rightful king of the people.
Tibamwenda has never addressed any public meeting in the region worth its name. On the other hand, Charles Wesley Mumbere is known for his mammoth and grand royal public rallies and cultural engagements since the late 1960s. From time immemorial there was no one king of the Bakonzo and Bamba ruling all around Mount Rwenzori, not even the section of Rwenzori in Uganda.
The first ruler in the region was His Majesty Omusinga Isaya Mukirania Kibanzanga I in 1963. Omusinga Mukirania was succeeded by his Son His Majesty Omusinga Charles Mumbere Irema-Ngoma on October 20, 1966.
There were clan leaders all over supervising sections of members of their clans. For example, Tibamwenda of Kisinga was the supervisor of the Baswagha clan in that area while Ruhandika was in charge of the Baswagha in Bughendera. At that time the Basu clan in Kikura in former Zaire, (DRC) was supervised by Mukeri while Kalemire was supervising the other section of the Basu clan, also in the DRC.
At his fatherâ€™s death, Tibamwenda was not crowned by the Basu in Kikura. The Basikania family only know him as a son of Mbambu, one of the late Basikaniaâ€™s friends. Therefore, Mbambu was never a Musu ruler. Obusinga Bwa Rwenzururu is not after clan leaders.
We are after the King of Rwenzururu, which embraces the Bakonzo and Bamba. If Tibamwenda wants to rule the Basu in Kikura he can ask his cousin who was crowned after Basikania to surrender the Basikania seat to him.
David B. Nguru
Poor Tibamwenda is barking up the wrong tree!