Mumbere snubs mum burial as Kibazanga hijacks body

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On Sunday, mourners bid farewell to the Rwenzururu queen mother, Christine Biira Mukirania at Izahura Primary School, Harugale Sub-County in Bundibugyo District.

The deceased was hailed by many including President Museveni for her role in preaching peace and uniting the people of Rwenzori region.

However, King Charles Wesley Mumbere, who secured permission from court to travel to Kasese for the burial shunned the funeral.

His mother was buried on the same day at the royal family’s ancestral land at Kirindi about two kilometres from the venue of the funeral service.

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This, according to media reports, arose from a deep rift between King Charles Wesley Mumbere and his brother, Christopher Kibanzanga, the state minister for agriculture.

King Mumbere and the Prime Ministerial Commission of the Kingdom wanted the Queen mother to be buried at her Nyamirangara Estate in Muhokya Sub-county in Kasese District.

Kibanzanga picked the body from the mortuary in Fort Portal and took it to Kirindi village in Bundibugyo.

On Friday, a series of meetings between the Prime Ministerial Committee of the kingdom and Kibanzanga didn’t yield any positive results.

The burial manned by UPDF soldiers was attended by Vice President Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi.

Other officials were;  David Kalubanga,  the Minister of State of Public Service, Vincent Ssempijja, the Minister of  Agriculture and  Deputy Chief of Defence Forces, Lt Gen Wilson Mbadi.

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