Ahead of his 19th coronation anniversary today, the Omukama noted that some forces he did not name are working around the clock to divert Bunyoro Kingdom from its core issue of development.
According to him, there is no need for secession of any tribe from Bunyoro Kingdom since the Kingdom is hospitable, unifying and recognises every tribe’s values.
Iguru said time is now for both new and indigenous Banyoro to remain united and advocate development issues like oil sharing, education and health among others.
He said the Kingdom has never isolated any tribe and advocating for isolation would affect the Kingdom’s developmental issues which need to be advocated with one strong voice.
He says Bunyoro was once the biggest Kingdom in Africa stretching up to Tanzania but was later divided by external forces for their selfish interest which he says shouldn’t be repeated.
Last week, Yolam Nsamba, the Omukama’s principal private secretary also described the Bangungu demands as diversionary.
But Edward Kabagambe, a member of the 15 man committee pushing for the Bugungu kingdom, said their cultural institution is intended to preserve the Kigungu culture now facing extinction.
The secession talk comes at a time the Omukama is demanding for a 12.5% share of the oil resources discovered in Hoima and Buliisa districts.
Culturally, the Omukama owns all natural resources in the kingdom in trust of his subjects. Bugungu’s breakaway means the king will lose trusteeship of all the natural resources in that area.
Fears are high among some locals in the kingdom that the Bugungu secession will affect Bunyoro’s push for its oil demands since majority of the oil will fall in the new kingdom.
The Gungu or Bagungu people live on the northeastern shores of Lake Albert at the bottom of the Rift Valley. Some of them also live in Kigorobya sub county Hoima district.
They mainly practice cotton growing, fishing and animal rearing as their main economic activities.