Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Omusinga goes to court over failed visit to bundibugyo

 News by E-Society
Story by; NewVision

King Mumbere goes to court over failed visit. The Rwenzururu Kingdom in Kasese wants the constitutional court to interprete Article 37 of the Constitution.

Article 37 states that every person has a right to belong to, enjoy, profess, maintain and promote any culture, cultural institution, language, tradition, creed or religion with others.

This comes after King Charles Wesley Mumbere was stopped from travelling to Bundibugyo district.

He was due to officiate over celebrations to mark the kingdom’s peace day – the day the Bakonzo and Bamba broke away from Toro Kingdom. The celebrations were supposed to take place on June 30 at Good Hope Primary School in Bundibugyo town.

Speaking at his palace on Sunday, Mumbere asked the kingdom’s attorney general to assemble a team of lawyers who will take the case to the Constitutional Court.

“I am not ready to dialogue with the Government until the Constitutional Court pronounces itself on the matter,” he said.

Mumbere condemned the blockade, saying the Government was depriving him and his subjects (Banyarwenzururu) of enjoying their constitutional right to cherish their culture in a kingdom that is recognised. He asked the Banyarwenzururu to mobilise resources to facilitate the legal team that will present the matter to court.

Mumbere commended the Banyarwenzururu in Kasese district for remaining peaceful despite the heavy deployment of the police to prevent them from joining their brothers and sisters in Bundibugyo.

Police boss Gen. Kale Kayihura said Mumbere would not be allowed to travel to Bundibugyo for fear that violence could erupt between the Bamba/Bawisi and the Bakonzo in the area.