Omusinga Mumbere calls for visa free movements of the Bayira from Congo to Uganda

The Rwenzururu King, Omusinga Charles Wesley Mumbere Iremangoma has revealed that the cultural institution will work closely with government to put in place modalities that will see the Bayira in Congo cross to Uganda to attend cultural functions without any restrictions from the Immigration Offices at the border.

The Omusinga sounded the remarks today afternoon while addressing a 270 member delegation from DRC that came to attend his 57th coronation anniversary celebrations that were held yesterday at Kilembe Golf Club Course in Bulembia Division of Kasese Municipality.

The Bayira ethnic community lives both in Uganda and DRC and it is estimated that about 1.5 million of the Bayira people live in Uganda and over 5 million of them in the DRC.

The Omusinga noted that his return to his Kingdom after close to seven years of incarceration means that the cultural institution has regained its status, adding that this time round, the Bayira who are living in other countries will always be updated of the Kingdom’s activities so that they are attracted to coming home and enjoy the good things in their cultural institution. 

He subsequently hailed the DRC delegation for loving their cultural institution and implored them to always embrace the cultural values and norms.

Hon. Lucy Biira Kabanyoro, the Obusinga Bwa Rwenzururu Minister for External Affairs, said she was happy that out of the 359 people from DRC that they had officially invited for the function, 270 of them were able to attend.

Rev. Stephen Baluku, an Anglican Priest from DRC hailed the government of Uganda for setting the Omusinga and the Royal Guards he was arrested on November 27, 2016.


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