President Yoweri Museveni has said the deceased mother to Rwenzururu King (Omusinga) Charles Wesley Mumbere, Biira Mukirania who died on Tuesday, was a key champion of peace and unity.
Biira Christine Mukirania, the mother to Omusinga, and a key figure in the Obusinga bwa Rwenzururu is reported to have died from Kilembe Mines hospital where she had been admitted a few weeks ago after months of illness.
She is also mother to Minister of State for Agriculture, Christopher Kibanzanga.
On Wednesday, President Museveni described the news of the passing of Mukirania as sad.
“She was my sister,” the President wrote on Twitter, adding they shared a clan.
“I got the sad news of the death of the Rwenzururu Queen Mother, Christine Biira, at Kilembe Hospital. Coming from the Basiita clan, she was my sister,” wrote Museveni.
“She has been a key champion of peace and unity in the Rwenzori region. The country will miss her. May her soul rest in peace”.
The deceased was the widow of Isaya Mukirania, who was at one time, one of the representatives of Bwamba in the Rukurato (Parliament) of Tooro.
Her death comes at a time when a process is still on going to forge a lasting solution to the conflicts within the Rwenzori region, with Rwenzururu cultural institution at the centre.
In November of 2016, the army raided King Mumbere’s Buhikira palace following persistent attacks in communities within the kingdom by elements said to have been royal guards to the Omusinga.
The army justified the raid as an intervention to smoke out wrong elements that were hiding in the palace. More than 130 people said to be royal guards were arrested.
The Omusinga was later arrested and charged with treason, terrorism, murder, aggravated robbery and being in possession of illegal firearms.