Lukumu pushes for Bugungu breakaway from Bunyoro

Buliisa District Chairman, Mr Fred Lukumu.

The Buliisa District Chairman has continued to push for the secession of Bugungu from Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom erasing all fears that it will cause hostility with other communities in Bunyoro.

In a lobby language, Mr Fred Lukumu told the Minister of State for Urban Development, Mr Kania Mario Obiga, that the creation of Bugungu cultural institution is one of the most important needs amongst the Bagungu people for now.

He said this Wednesday during the minister’s inspection visit to the Albertine Region Sustainable Development Project (ARSDP) components of roads and markets when he made a stopover for a meeting with leaders at the district headquarters.

Mr Lukumu quoted Article 246 of the Constitution of the Republic of Uganda as supportive of the selection ideology as a right to be enjoyed by minority groups like the Bagungu.

“Our people want a cultural institution to help them promote their culture. We have co-existed with different tribes for long and I am sure that the creation of Bugungu cultural institution will not cause any hostility”, he expressed his thought.

However, the minister did not comment about the matter while responding to issues raised by Buliisa leaders in relation to the development and public service.

By marketing the secession ideology, Mr Lukumu is fulfilling his initial pledge when he bounced back for this term that his office could not relent to facilitate the breakaway of Bugungu from Bunyoro as long as the Bagungu table it to him as a matter of district importance.

During Mr Simon Agaba Kinene’s regime as Buliisa District Chairman, council declined to pass the breakaway from Bunyoro as many of the councillors cited it as unnecessary and could potentially weaken the traditional Banyoro sub-divisions making them vulnerable altogether.

Kazi-njema Reporter has noted that the move to create Bugungu cultural institution is serious but the challenge has remained on which clan should produce the first leader of that historical cultural institution.

Some clans have until now declined to support the move.

Bugungu made a strong base of defence during Omukama Cwa Kabaleega’s rebellion against the British colonialists and their Baganda allies.

Traditionally, Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom’s military, social and economic strength relied on Kabaleega’s ability to mobilise people from various communities to his support.

The presence of leadership titles and names like Okwiri, Lukumu and Winyi is symbolic of the traditional inter-tribal working relationship in Bunyoro-Kitara Kingdom.


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