The Omukama (King) Rukirabasaija Agutamba Solomon Gafabusa Iguru I (King) has asked the central government to urgently address the issue of land grabbing in Bunyoro, which has left many of his subjects living in poverty.
Speaking at his 23rd coronation anniversary on Sunday in Hoima, the Omukama who was in Company of his Queen Lady Margaret asked government to speed up the investigations to ascertain the rightful owner of the contested Bugoma central forest reserve between the kingdom and National Forestry Authority.
The function, which is steeped in the cultural Babiito practise, the coronation anniversary, traditionally known as Empango, is marked annually on the day the reigning king in Bunyoro ascended the throne.
The Kooki Cultural leader, Kamuswaga Apollo Sansa Kabumbuli II was in attendance,a delegation from Toro and Buganda led by the 1st Deputy Katikkiro& Minister for Buganda Affairs Abroad (Buganda Kingdom,Finance.
During the function, politicians from the sub-region raised concerns of marginalization. Bunyoro remains bound by the shackles of an imperialistic legacy that targeted Omukama Kabalega, who put up a spirited resistance against the British, and his subjects one of the Speakers said.
Bunyoro remains bound by the shackles of an imperialistic legacy that targeted Omukama Kabalega, who put up a spirited resistance against the British, and his subjects.
Since the discovery of oil, there has been a new scramble for Bunyoro land, which has set off conflicts.
In a speech read for him by Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda, President Yoweri Museveni urged the kingdom to take advantage of its cultural heritage to fight poverty.
Since the discovery of oil, there has been a new scramble for Bunyoro land, which has set off.
The restoration of the monarchies by the NRM government was one of the biggest achievements of our time, and a sign of good governance. With the revival of our cultural roots, Uganda is proud of her heritage. Our Kingdoms are much older than the political unit – Uganda; their role in the history of Uganda is, therefore, of great importance. Despite its turbulent history; a history of struggle for identity, independence and a decent livelihood for her people, the Bunyoro- Kitara Kingdom has stood the test of time.
Bunyoro Kingdom, is one the oldest kingdoms in the Great Lakes region, and it is significant in the history of our nation and, indeed, our region. People everywhere in the world have distinctive cultures. Every ethnic group of people has its unique history, language, practices and values; and through that people have lived and survived for generations. Culture therefore, is concerned with survival and welfare of peoples.
It is a very important aspect in the development process. The NRM believes that all cultures are valuable and equally important.
Uganda is a multi-cultural society in which each of the cultures has something unique to offer to the rest of the country and world at large. Whether it is food, medicine, dance, fashion, technology and all different aspects of human endeavors, our cultures have a lot to share with the rest of humanity. This is a huge national resource that should be utilized to improve our people’s socio – economic conditions.
I urge the people, therefore, to work hard for the development of the Kingdom and avoid conflicts at all costs; unity and cohesion is core in development.In the traditional African society, conflicts were peacefully resolved; and there were well-laid down mechanisms for that purpose.
The National Resistance Movement in consonance with the traditional African values believes in peaceful resolution of conflicts and mis-understandings. I urge the cultural institutions and all Ugandans to uphold that value for peace, unity and tranquility of the whole country.
It is important that you cooperate and focus on the peaceful resolution of any conflicts that may arise in the kingdom and with neighbouring ethnic groups so that tensions are not created out of the activities of the cultural institution.
The traditional leaders should continue to help us in ensuring that our languages and cultures arepreserved. Our vernaculars must be preserved because they are rich and unique. The young generation must be taught to speak in their local languages for posterity purposes.
It is also important that culture be used to develop our society. Crafts and tourism are very important in the world market and should be taken advantage of, to create youth employment. In this era, companies are for instance paying greater attention to cultural diversities and dynamics in order to capture local markets for their products. There is no end to the opportunities and benefits inherent in and associated with culture.
Museveni commended the people of Bunyoro for your culture of hard work. We must take advantage of this prevailing peace and infrastructure to engage in developmental activities.
Museveni further called upon the leadership of Bunyoro Kingdom to join him in intensifying the aggressive crusade for the improvement of household incomes as I promote the operation wealth creation Initiative. The people of Bunyoro should engage in wealth creation by planning carefully, capitalizing on crops that do well in this area, advised.
The development of our human resource is still a cardinal point in the NRM programmes. We are emphasizing skills training and innovation support to ensure that all Ugandans are resourceful to the nation in various ways.
Through mobilization tours all over the country, he said he has been able to identify different areas of need among the Ugandan communities.
“I have visited farms and people’s work places and I realized that specific groups needed skills to improve their economic situations thereby fighting poverty out of their households.
I have began a skills training initiative in Kampala for the girl child under the Presidential Initiatives which is yielding results. It will be rolled out to other parts of the country and I believe many under privileged girls will be empowered with skills all over the country.
For a number of years, the NRM Government has been zealous to have a population of young people who are not simply consumers of knowledge and guzzlers of wealth, but creators of knowledge and wealth. Youth have never before had such ability and opportunity as this generation.
Our historical ties with the young people are well known, documented and clearly embedded in our revolutionary approach towards Human Capital Development and young people’s involvement in charting our destiny as an independent democratic nation.
I wish to reiterate that cultural institutions are partners with government in ensuring that the youth overcome the problem of employment as well as poverty.
Your Royal Highness, I am gratified to note that since the restoration of the cultural institution in Bunyoro 23 years ago, the NRM government has enjoyed cordial and a healthy relationship with your Kingdom.
I thank the people of Bunyoro-Kitara for supporting government development programmes and for their support and entrusting NRM with the responsibility of directing the country.
Government will continue to support you by ensuring a peaceful environment and initiating programmes necessary for development.
I once again congratulate the Omukama and the people of Bunyoro – Kitara kingdom upon this day and I wish all of you happy 23rd coronation anniversary celebrations.
The event was organised in partnership with Post Bank and Betway.