The Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development says it has learnt of the allegations that a one Mr. Cesar Augustus Mulenga has been enthroned as the king of the people of Kisoro in western Uganda.
“The Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development which is mandated to advise Government on matters of culture disassociates itself from the purported enthronement,” minister Wilson Muruli Mukasa (M.P) said in a statement.
Muruli told the people of Kisoro that the installation of a traditional or cultural leader in any area of Uganda is guided by the Institution of Traditional or Cultural Leaders Act, 2011.
“The Law provides for the process of installation of a traditional or cultural leader only if a person derives allegiance from birth; or descent in accordance with Article 246(1) to (6) of the Constitution.”
He said before enthronement of the king, the Law further provides that a traditional or cultural leader can be instituted in accordance with the culture, customs and traditions of the people to whom it applies; or in accordance with the wishes and aspirations of the people to whom it applies, through a resolution of not less than two thirds of all members of the district Local Councils and sub county local government councils respectively in the area.
He said the Ministry does not have any communication in writing whatsoever to indicate that the supporters of Mr. Mulenga have duly followed the process.
“Therefore, Mr. Cesar Augustus Mulenga’s enthronement as the King of the people of Kisoro is contrary to the provisions in the Institution of Traditional or Cultural Leaders Act, 2011, since the Ministry has not received any communication on the existence of the traditional leader as per the Law.”
Muruli directed that Mr. Mulenga and his supporters stop forthwith his activities on matters related to the creation of a traditional or cultural institution in the region.
He further appealed to all the communities in the region to stay calm and desist from violence at this period as Government addresses this issue.
“I wish to state that other communities who harbour similar intentions are advised to take note of the process prescribed under the Law.”
“By copy of this press release, the Inspector General of Police and other Law enforcement agencies in the region are informed and directed to take appropriate action.”