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Museveni, Kabaka congratulate Mumbere

By Vision Reporter

Added 21st October 2007 03:00 AM

PRESIDENT Yoweri Museveni has congratulated the Obusinga Bwa Rwenzururu cultural leader, Charles Wesley Mumbere, upon his wedding.

PRESIDENT Yoweri Museveni has congratulated the Obusinga Bwa Rwenzururu cultural leader, Charles Wesley Mumbere, upon his wedding.

By John B. Thawite
and Bernard Masereka


PRESIDENT Yoweri Museveni has congratulated the Obusinga Bwa Rwenzururu cultural leader, Charles Wesley Mumbere, upon his wedding.

Mumbere, an Anglican and Agnes Ithungu, a Catholic, married in a ceremony conducted by bishops from the Church of Uganda and the Kasese Catholic Diocese.

In a speech delivered by Dr. Crispus Kiyonga during the wedding reception at the Kasese Golf Club on Saturday, Museveni hailed the couple for making an “important decision” to marry.

He added that they had been exemplary to the youth during an era when HIV/AIDS was claiming the lives of several Ugandans.

Museveni also described Mumbere’s return to Uganda as a “wise decision.”

The President asked Mumbere to join the Government and support development projects in his area.

“I have no doubt that you have received a helper. You will contribute greatly to the development of Kasese and Uganda,” Museveni said.

About the Obusinga Bwa Rwenzururu, the President said, “The people will decide since it is provided for by the Constitution.”

Kiyonga also handed over sh2m from Museveni to the couple to buy cows to provide them with milk.

Kiyonga hailed his recent reconciliation with Mumbere and urged the anti-Rwenzururu side to support the establishment of the Rwenzururu Kingdom.

“If God had not touched my heart, I would have missed such a historic wedding,” Kiyonga said.

He called for harmonious co-existence between Uganda and eastern Congo and blamed the British and Belgian colonialists for dividing the sister tribes of the Banande in DR Congo and the Bakonzo when they created a border between the two countries.

“The whites are my friends, but I am unhappy with them for having separated us. They made a mistake. The borderline should have been beyond Butembo.”

The Bandane a Lukhonzo-speaking group living in eastern DR Congo. They number five million.

The Kabaka of Buganda, Ronald Mutebi, described the wedding as a beacon for unity and reconciliation among the Rwenzururu people.

Museveni, Kabaka congratulate Mumbere

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