Following the endless fights that had engulfed the family of self-enthroned King of a defunct Kingdom of Ankole Umar Asimwe Lubambansi between him and his father, the duo seem to be taking right directions after a successful mediation meeting that lasted for over four hours at Mbarara police station on Monday evening..
The mediation meeting was championed by the lawyers from New Mark &Co Advocates led by Honorato Muhanguzi and Francis Harimwomugasho and took place in the polices board room.
The two conflicting sides of Idrisa Kaweesa(Father) and Umar Asimwe Lubambansi NtareVI both had their supporters who had come to witness how events would unfold. The meeting kicked off at 3; 30 pm and Kaweesa was allowed to present his issues to the meeting.
Kaweesa told the meeting, if he can accept that he made a mistake by beating his father and can tell this meeting that he committed an offence I will forgive him because I believe that mistakes are to human beings and I will again accept him as my son
He further warned him not again to bring girls and women who are not known in the palace whom he said normally come and sleep with Asimwe.
Umar Asimwe while making his submission pointed out the fact that what has been causing issues in the family has been the alleged money which they say he got from president Museveni which he refuted as baseless.
Since I started this struggle in 2015 when I was still in Kasese before I came to Ankore, my family has never supported me financially so when they saw me progressing they thought I was being given money, am even building a house in Kasese worth shs 130m.
On the money from government, the mediators advised that unless the kingdom is recognized by the central government it cannot receive any funding.
Later, the mediators asked other members in the meeting to step aside and remained with one section of Asimwe whom he had come within a closed meeting that lasted for 10 minutes. Thereafter they invited the side of Kaweesa and his team who were also engaged in a closed meeting.
Later counsel Muhanguzi read what came out of the closed meetings, he mentioned that the two parties agreed to ask for forgiveness and to forgive each other, secondly to withdraw all the police cases of assault, arson and attempted murder and that whoever got injuries should get medication on his bill.
They further agreed that Max Muhumuza who was fired by Asiimwe from head of communications in Ankole kingdom now on the side of Kaweesa should step aside from these matters for a while until the two sides realize that his services were instrumental thats when they will recall him.
Furthermore, they agreed that there should be transparency in whatever they are doing for the betterment of Ankole kingdom.
Asimwe after the meeting commended the initiators of the mediations saying this fight was retarding their efforts towards fighting for a common cause which is awakening the government to have their kingdom reinstated like other kingdoms.
Kaweesa also said that if a child disobeys and asks for forgiveness its under the discretion of the parents to do the needful. We are even going to call a family meeting; he should know he is a son in the family not to try to be the head like he had become otherwise am so happy.
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