The Omukama of Bunyoro Kingdom Dr. Solomon Gafabusa Iguru has finally broken his silence on the proposed secession by the Bagungu in Buliisa district.
In a speech read for him by Andrew Byakutaga, the prime minister of Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom during the Inauguration of the new members of the kingdom Parliament on Saturday, the Omukama warned stern action against all those trying to divide Bunyoro kingdom.
According to Iguru, there is no need for separation from Bunyoro Kingdom since the monarchy is hospitable, unifying and recognizes the values of each tribe.
He said time is now for both new and indigenous Banyoro to stand united and advocate for development issues like sharing oil revenues with the central government, promotion of education and health among other goals.
Iguru called upon his subjects to unite together and fight all those with ideas of seceding from Bunyoro kingdom.
Iguru’s statement follows a resolution by the Bagungu community members in Buliisa district last year to secede from Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom to form an independent cultural institution.
The resolution was reached in a meeting held at Adonia Hotel in Bullisa town convened by members of Bugungu Revival Cultural Association, a pressure group advocating for Bagungu independence.
The meeting appointed a seven-member committee to spearhead the formation of the Bagungu Cultural Institution and election of their cultural leaders.
Addressing the newly inaugurated county and sub county chiefs numbering to 107, the Kingdom Prime Minister, Andrew Byakutaga, challenged the chiefs to work towards transforming the kingdom economically, socially and culturally.
The County and Sub county Chiefs were appointed by the Omukama in October last year.