SIR â€” I would like to correct the impression that Omusinga Charles Wesley Mumbere is one of the claimants to the Obusinga Bwa Rwenzururu. He is not a claimant at all â€“ he is the rightful king of the Rwenzururu Kingdom. The Rwenzururu Kingdom was founded by Isaya Mukirania Kibanzanga and upon his death his first son Charles Wesley Mumbere succeeded him.
You cannot talk about Rwenzururu without mentioning Isaya Mukirania and Charles Wesley Mumbere Irema-Ngoma. The others like Ibrahim Makoma, Robert Bwambale Tibamwenda, Swaleh Basikania Tibamwenda, Akim Isingoma Kisalita Buthulhamo and any others who may come up to agitate for the Crown are the claimants. They are trying to grab the rightful throne of Charles Mumbere. Upon his descent from the mountains in August 1982, Mumbere was accorded the title of â€œChief Elderâ€ of Rwenzori by the government because at that time kingdoms had been abolished. He was later offered a scholarship to study in the US in 1984.
It was not until 1998 when Mumbere returned to Uganda that the revival of the Rwenzururu Kingdom was mentioned. Appeals for the restoration of the Rwenzururu Kingdom were made to the President and discussions were started for the formalisation of the Obusinga. Only God knows why it has taken this long. Can anyone remember when any of the claimants addressed a public meeting worth its name?
David B. Nguru