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Residents declare own kingdom

By Vision Reporter

Added 24th November 2010 03:00 AM

A group of people from Bududa district have declared Manjiya County a kingdom. They argued that the Buduuda-Manjiya kingdom of the Bakhulumu tribe will belong to the Banamanjiya.

A group of people from Bududa district have declared Manjiya County a kingdom. They argued that the Buduuda-Manjiya kingdom of the Bakhulumu tribe will belong to the Banamanjiya.

By Joseph Wanzusi

A group of people from Bududa district have declared Manjiya County a kingdom. They argued that the Buduuda-Manjiya kingdom of the Bakhulumu tribe will belong to the Banamanjiya.

The development comes barely a week after Inzu ya Bamasaaba cultural institution installed Wilson Weasa Wamimbi as Umukuuka (cultural leader) of the Bamasaaba living in eastern Uganda and western Kenya.

A document signed by Alhaj Abdul Situma, one of the agitators of the new kingdom, said the Buduuda-Manjiya kingdom has been established because the Inzu ya Masaaba is being influenced by politics.

“This is to declare that the new kingdom has been traditionally established by the clan chiefs of Natwela council of Manjiya,” the statement read.

According to the document, 156 tribes will constitute the Buduuda-Manjiya kingdom, with a 17-man cabinet.

The cabinet will be headed by Wash Joseph Kanyanya, with a title of Umupaapawengo, while Bakhulumu tribal parliament will have 39 members.

However, Bududa LC5 chairman Wilson Watira denied knowledge of the creation of Bududa-Manjiya kingdom.

An Inzu ya Bamasaaba council member, Bob Mushikori, described the action as ‘a move by a few individuals who are pursuing selfish interests’.

Sam Muyonga, the former Manjiya Member of Parliament, and now chairman of Bududa district service commission, said the move was intended to divide the Bamasaaba.

He urged the leaders in Bugisu sub-region to reject the idea.

Residents declare own kingdom

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