KTN reporter falls victim to decades of kingdom politics
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.
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