The Obusinga Bwa Rwenzururu (OBR) in Kasese District is set to hold the first coronation anniversary celebrations since the arrest of Charles Wesley Mumbere.
Charles Wesley Mumbere was arrested on treason, terrorism and murder charges which rose
on 27, November 2016 military attack on his palace which left over a hundred of his subjects dead.
The Institution then canceled the four previous coronation anniversary ceremonies slated for every 19th October following harsh bail terms which were slapped on the cultural leader.
According to Joseph Kule Muranga the kingdom premier, they have been instructed by the cultural leader to organize events that will mark the 55th coronation anniversary.
He says the main objective of these celebrations among others will be enhancing peace and co-existence among the people of Rwenzori-Sub Region and strengthening efforts towards preserving the cultural heritage through environmental conservation.
This year’s week-long events will be celebrated under the theme, “Beginning our new journey to foster peace and environment conservation” he said.
The activities will include planting of trees, visiting cultural heritage sites and launch of OBR comprehensive environmental conservation program and dialogues.
However, Muranga said the event will miss out on some of the key cultural rituals because they can only be performed by the king whom will not be around.
However, he said that efforts to free Mumbere and other kingdom citizens still in prison are progressing well and he is optimistic he will grace next year’s celebrations.
Early this year, the high court in Jinja granted bail to 132 royal guards of the Rwenzururu kingdom after spending 4 years in detention.
The Attorney General of the Obusinga bwa Rwenzururu Alfred Makasi said that by then that they also working on bail applications for the remaining 60 prisoners who were still held in different prisons.
A joint operation between police and the army which attacked the Rwenzururu palace in Kasese district on 26 November 2016 caused long standing tensions, unresolved grievances, and sporadic violence between the government and the Rwenzururu kingdom.
The organizers of the function are extending invitations to 200 people to grace the function adding that no other cultural institution leaders have been invited on account of observing SOPs.