BAGUNGU TO SECEDE FROM BUNYORO
By Yosam Gucwaki
A section of Bagungu community in Buliisa district has passed a resolution calling for their secession from Bunyoro kingdom and forming their cultural institution.
The resolution was reached during a meeting for committee members of Bugungu Revival Cultural Association, a pressure group advocating for Bagungu independence held at Adonia hotel in Bullisa town, Buliisa district during the weekend.
The meeting was attended by 17 committee members of the association who all supported the resolution.
During the meeting, chaired by Habiib kisembo, a seven member committee was selected to spearhead the formation of Bagungu cultural institution and the selection of their cultural leaders.
Speaking after the meeting, Samuel Kisembo Mugema, the bishop of charismatic churches in Bunyoro region, who is also the association coordinator said the objective of forming Bagungu cultural institution is to promote and preserve Bagungu culture that is continuously being eroded.
The decision comes at a time the former Bunyoro kingdom prime minster, Norman Lukumu, a member of the Bagungu community is challenging the appointment of his successor Andrew Byakutaaga in court.
Lukumu argues that Byakutaaga is illegally occupying his office and wants court to reinstate him.
However Bishop Kisembo says the decision to secede from Bunyoro kingdom is not connected to Lukumu’s sacking adding the plan begun before Lukumu’s appointment noting that it’s rather influenced by marginalization of Bagungu by Bunyoro Kingdom.
He revealed that the formation of Bugungu cultural institution is constitutional and was endorsed by the government adding the committee is going to communicate the decision by the Bagungu community to government and later proceed with the process of forming the institution
However, the prime minister for Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom, Andrew Byakutaga told mknewslink.com that he was not aware of what was going on but called upon the Bagungu to come out and settle the issues with the Kingdom. He promised to talk the people spear heading it to come out with a solution.
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