Nakasongola Resident District Commissioner Apollo Bwebale Rubyahi has been named the new cultural leader of Busongora in Kasese district.
This follows the death of his father Ivan Rutakirwa Rwigi Bwebale IV, the self-styled King of the Basongora who was buried yesterday at Muhokya trading center in Kasese district.
He was aged 72.
Busongora Prime Minister Samuel Ntungwa said the regents of the institution will sit and make a decision within a period of nine days to crown Apollo Bwebale and officially hand him the cultural mandate to steer the kingdom.
The Basongora are one of the minority ethnic communities in Kasese district, whose kingdom was born out of disagreements with the Kingdom of Rwenzururu.
The fallen King Ivan Rutakirwa Rwigi Bwebale IV was installed in 2012 as the first leader of Busongora.
According to Daily Monitor, Bwebale’s kingship was marred by discrepancies from the Rwenzururu Kingdom loyalists with the Rwenzururu Kingdom declaring Busongora Kingdom null and void a day after Omukama Bwebale’s crowning on July 1, 2012.
His crowning had ended 49 years of waiting since the death of Princess Kogyere II Ikamiro.
On July 11, 2012, a group of Rwenzururu youths raided his palace at Muhookya Trading Centre some five kilometers from Kasese Town on the Kasese Mbarara highway.
They took away the royal drum and flag, items which to date remain in the hands of the Bakonzo.
Bwebale who succumbed to multiple organ failure on Tuesday was praised as a committed, loving and caring leader who has seen the Basongora community grow to greater heights.
He is survived three children, Apollo Bwebale, Nakasongola Resident District Commissioner, Kennedy Bwebale, the Clerk to Council Mpondwe/Lhubiriha Town Council and Robert Kagyenda, a prominent businessman in Kasese.
At his burial, Rwenzururu Chief Prince Christopher Kibanzanga preached a message of peaceful coexistence among tribal diversity in Kasese district.
Kibanzanga who has always disagreed with his brother King Charles Wesley Mumbere of Rwenzururu on matters of co-existence, told mourners that burying other peoples’ culture will hinder development of the country.
He commended the late Bwebale for reviving the identity of the Basongora through his efforts to organize a cultural institution.