In a surprising turn of events, the National Unity Platform (NUP) decided to add some sparkle to Omusinga Mumbere’s homecoming. They handed over 10 million shillings to the Rwenzururu kingdom officials for the upcoming homecoming celebration. This event, scheduled for October 4, 2023, has been eagerly anticipated after Mumbere’s seven-year absence from his kingdom.
The NUP’s contribution was a result of a pledge made by NUP principal Robert Kyagulanyi during his national mobilization tour in Kasese. Local leaders in Kasese had appealed for support during his visit to the area, and Kyagulanyi promised to add his contribution to the cause.
David Lewis Rubongoya, the Secretary General of NUP, presented the 10 million shillings to the Rwenzururu Kingdom secretariat, which has been operating from Shilloh Hotel in Kasese town since the destruction of the palace in a UPDF raid on November 26, 2016. Rubongoya stated that this contribution reflects NUP’s commitment to cultural diversity and keeping its promises to the community.
Rubongoya also addressed the need for justice for the lives lost during the palace raid, emphasizing NUP’s solidarity with the people of Rwenzururu. He expressed understanding for the trials and tribulations the king and his subjects endured over the last seven years.
Gloria Masika, representing the Rwenzururu Kingdom secretariat, acknowledged the difficulty in raising the required 9 billion shillings for the homecoming celebration and related activities. She called on other institutions, including political parties like DP, NRM, and FDC, to follow NUP’s example and contribute to the cause.
Rwenzururu Kingdom Prime Minister Joseph Kule Muranga noted that despite running a two-month fundraiser, they had only collected a fraction of the required sum. The kingdom is using the funds to acquire Springs International Hotel as a new palace, finance the coronation anniversary scheduled for October 19, and facilitate the king’s return.
Mumbere had been separated from his kingdom since November 27, 2016, following his arrest in a security raid on his Buhikira Royal Palace. This raid, which left more than 150 people dead, led to numerous charges against Mumbere, including murder, arson, treason, and terrorism. With October 4 marked as the date for his return, the Rwenzururu kingdom is working hard to make his homecoming a memorable and successful event.