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Mumbere Returns To Kasese Nearly 7 Years Later

Mumbere Returns To Kasese Nearly 7 Years Later

Rwenzururu King Charles Wesley Mumbere will make his return to Kasese district, the seat of his kingdom, today. His return comes after spending nearly seven years away.

The Omusinga (king), had his access to his kingdom revoked as part of his bail conditions. This happened after government labeled multiple charges against him including treason, murder, attempted murder and other charges.

The charges followed his arrest and detention after a raid by joint forces on his palace in November 2016. However, with the charges dropped now, Mumbere is free to return to his kingdom, something his subjects are excited about.

Dr Nathaniel Mumbere Walemba is the chairperson of the committee in charge of the King’s homecoming.

He said yesterday they are prepared to receive their king. Additionally, some of the subjects have gathered in Kasese in preparation for the arrival of their king.

Some subjects were putting the finishing touches on the construction of royal huts on Royal Hill. Others were also drumming and singing cultural songs to welcome their king back.

The Omusinga and the Nyabaghole (queen) are expected to land at Kasese Airfield aboard a chartered aircraft at 11am.

They will then head to their temporary royal residence at Mbogo Road in Muyenga, Kasese Municipality. While at their home, cultural rituals welcoming the king are expected to be performed.

Later in the afternoon, Mumbere is expected to address his subjects at the Golf Course in Bulembia Division. He will then host a royal dinner later in the evening at Margherita Hotel for selected guests.

Police in Kasese have deployed security as Mr Nelson Tumushiime, the Rwenzori East regional police spokesperson says a big turnup is expected.

“We will only permit accredited individuals to be part of the convoy escorting the king. This precaution is to pre-vent overcrowding around the king and in the town. We have advised people to gather at the Golf Course where the King will address them,” he explained.

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