Mumbere wants MPs for kingdoms

KASESE. Rwenzururu King Charles Wesley Mumbere has proposed that cultural institutions should be represented in Parliament so that their issues are embedded in national policies.
Addressing his subjects last week, King Mumbere said once the proposal is endorsed by government, cultural leaders under the Uganda Cultural Leaders Forum would select their legislator on a rotational system.
He said there are cultural issues that have been ignored by parliamentarians in Article 246 of the Constitution which entails the establishment of a cultural institution in any part of Uganda by a community with agreeable interests of promoting their culture and identity.

“All kingdoms should also have a councillor in every district council where they are recognised. There are many issues concerning the cultural institutions that have not been handled well at the law making level,” King Mumbere said.
He called for the amendment of the Constitution so that new kingdoms should not antagonise an existing one to avoid conflicts.
There have been clashes in Bundibugyo and Kasese districts, especially, after new chiefdoms were established.
Kasese Woman MP Winfred Kiiza said when cultural leaders get representatives in Parliament, MPs would be rendered useless.

SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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