Bachope disagree on breakaway from Bunyoro

Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom Premier, Mr Andrew Byakutaaga, addresses Orukurato (Parliament) in his State of the Kingdom Address at Rukurato Hall in Hoima City yesterday (Friday).

A cross section of Bachope in Kiryandongo District has risen up agitating for self-determinism from Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom.

This is hardly a week after the Buliisa District Chairman, Mr Fred Lukumu, lobbied the State Minister for Urban Development, Mr Kania Mario Obiga, to have Bugungu break away from Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom, though the latter did not respond to the matter.

In his State of the Kingdom Address during the Kingdom Rukurato (Parliament) sitting yesterday (Friday), the Omuhikirwa (Prime Minister) of Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom, Mr Andrew Byakutaaga, said he has received reports of a group of Bachope clamouring for autonomy from Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom.

The Omuhikirwa told the Orukurato that following the reports, his office has since begun to investigate the basis of the secession demand orchestrated by a group of some Bachope tribesmen adding that several meetings have already been held in Kiryandongo to address the matter.

Mr Byakutaaga said Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom cannot allow the split stressing that in principal, Rukirabasaija Agutamba (His Majesty) Dr Solomon Iguru, is the supreme cultural leader in Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom.

He disclosed that of recent, his office petitioned the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development to intervene in the matter he termed as diversionary.

However, the Omuhikirwa said despite a section of Bachope agitating for the breakaway, others are against the move saying it is for egocentric reasons.

This, thus, resulted in the move-opposing Bachope to rush to court protesting the scheme by their fellow tribesmen; encouraging the Omuhikirwa to direct the Kingdom Attorney General to back them up in the legal matter.

Mr Byakutaaga warned that the disintegration of the kingdom will affect the cherished development which should be pushed en masse.

Sound bite: Byakutaaga on Bachope breakaway (Runyoro/Rutooro)

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