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Kasese NRM leaders re-echo demand for Mumbere’s release

Omusinga Mumbere. File Photo

Kasese, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The National Resistance Movement-NRM party leaders in Kasese district have re-echoed their demand for the release of Rwenzururu Cultural leader, Charles Wesley Mumbere.

According to party members, regardless of the ongoing developments set out by the government in Kasese, the community continues to feel isolated in the absence of their cultural leader.

The members argue that the release of Mumbere will be a huge political score to the ruling government.

Mumbere is currently battling more than 41 charges including terrorism, murder, and aggravated robbery among others that were slapped against him and 203 royal guards five years ago.

Mumbere and his royal guards were picked during a military raid on his palace in 2016.

Johnson Kamara Kalyasa, the acting district NRM party chairperson says there is massive demand from the general public asking for the pardoning of Mumbere and his co-accused.

He acknowledges that the absence of Mumbere has hampered their efforts to fully retain political support, especially from Rwenzururu kingdom diehards.

The Busongora North MP Sowedi Kitanywa says as long as the government remains silent on their demands to have Mumbere released, the people in Kasese and subjects will remain unhappy.

He asked the government to consider extending an olive branch to Mumbere and his co-accused.

The former Kasese Municipality Mayor and current Minister of State for ICT and National Guidance, Geoffrey Kabyanga, says people would so much wish that Omusinga Mumbere returns to enjoy the developments put in place.

Ibra Mumbere, an NRM supporter in Kicwamba town council, Busongora North is optimistic that with the current political performance of NRM in the district, Mumbere will soon be released. However, he says this rests entirely on the will of the government.

Chris Baryomunsi, the NRM Western Uganda Vice-Chairperson says the ruling NRM recognizes the importance of culture, and the issues between government and Mumbere are being handled.

Baryomunsi who is in Kasese on party mobilization activities also received 227 people who crossed over to NRM from various opposition political parties especially from the Forum for Democratic Change-FDC.

Baryomunsi says the party is focused on having many members join the party to solidify its future growth plans.

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