Charles Wesley Mumbere Iremangoma, the King of Rwenzururu Kingdom is bitter about the surprise of Oyo Nyimba Kabamba Iguru, the King of Tooro Kingdom to Kasese district.
On Tuesday, King Oyo visited Kilembe Township in Kasese municipality, which is under the jurisdiction of Rwenzururu Kingdom.
Oyo who was in the company of the Queen Mother Best Kemigisha and Princess Ruth Komuntale spent most ofTuesday evening at Park Trekkers Camp near Kyanzuki village.
Park Trekkers is a tourism company that operates on the Kilembe trail, which takes tourists to the Rwenzori Mountains National Park. However, Tooro Kingdom neither notified Rwenzururu Kingdom nor Kasese local authorities about the visit. Now, Charles Wesley Mumbere Iremangoma, the King of Rwenzururu Kingdom says the decision by Oyo to visit his territory without informing his administration or the district is unfortunate. Mumbere disclosed his displeasure with the visit while Erias Katebe, the Kasese Resident District commissioner on Wednesday.
The Omusinga said he was particularly concerned because if something wrong had happened to the Tooro royals while in Kasese, many people would link it to the past difference between the natives of both kingdoms, which no longer exist.
He said royals from any other parts of the country are free to visit Rwenzururu territory; buy must notify government and the kingdom administration for security purposes. Vincent Mugume, the Deputy Premier Tooro Kingdom says Oyo was on a private visit as he plans to hike the Rwenzori Mountains.
Some of the residents accuse the management of Mt. Rwenzori National Park of allowing Oyo to secretly enter the park. However, Francis Mbogha, the Community Conservation Warden Mt. Rwenzori National Park says they were not aware of the visit adding that, they can’t allow a royal like King Oyo to enter the national park without their knowledge.
A journalist who was in Kilembe was reportedly asked to delete the footage he had recorded without the permission from the Kings Protocol team.