KTN re­porter falls vic­tim to decades of king­dom pol­i­tics

The Star (Kenya) - - Voices -

KTN’s Joy Doreen Bi­ira now finds her­self en­tan­gled in a sit­u­a­tion whose in­ten­sity ex­em­pli­fies decades of his­tor­i­cal bag­gage. Some­thing is al­ways cook­ing in the lush and ev­er­green land of Kabaka. In­trigues have rocked king­dom pol­i­tics for decades. When Ed­ward Kabaka, crowned king of Bu­ganda, be­came the first Pres­i­dent of Uganda, Prime Min­is­ter Mil­ton Obote had other plans. Kabaka Mutesa was tipped as the fu­ture leader of an in­de­pen­dent Uganda. This didn’t last. Obote sus­pended the fed­eral con­sti­tu­tion and dis­banded all tra­di­tional king­doms be­fore de­pos­ing the con­sti­tu­tional monarch. The king­doms would only be re­vived un­der Pres­i­dent Yow­eri Mu­sev­eni years later — among them the Rwen­zu­ruru King­dom where Charles Mum­bere reigns as King of the Moun­tains of the Moon. Bi­ira just hap­pened to be there at a time when sep­a­ra­tionist ide­olo­gies marred the re­gion’s pol­i­tics and be­came a vic­tim.

DICK­ENS NDIKWE Nairobi

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