President Yoweri Museveni has urged the new leadership of the Cultural Institution of Bugisu (Inzu Ya Masaaba) to jealously safeguard the African culture against foreign influence, which he said is aimed at misleading people especially the youth.
In his speech read to the mourners by Energy Minister Dr Mary Gorreti Kitutu during the vigil of the fallen former cultural leader Sir Bob Mushikori on Friday, Museveni noted that by doing this Africa will have its culture preserved for the future generations.
“I call upon the leadership of the Inzu Ya Masaaba to safeguard the customs and elite social philosophy expressed here; the African contribution to the attainment of a fully humanly race will be appreciated,” Museveni said.
“The NRM government took a bold a decision to restore Cultural Institutions in 1994 and this decision was made to safeguard our culture, from negative foreign influence. The government recognizes the significant role these cultural institutions are doing to preserve our culture from foreign dominancy.”
Mushikori succumbed to COVID-19 on January 4, at his home in Mbale District according to his personal doctor Dominic Waburoko, who doubles as the institution Health Minister.
Cultural preservation spearheaded by cultural institutions Museveni said, is one of the achievements which will be enjoyed by the youth and the future generation as part of the liberation which was attained after paying a huge price in early 1980s
Eulogizing Mushikori, Museveni described him as a cultural conservative, who devoted his life towards making sure that the future generations enjoy their land and country at large.
“The Umukuuka was a gallant son of Uganda, who promoted the language and culture and ensured preservation of the African heritage,” he said
“Sir Bob Mushikori will be missed by his Country, Family, Friends, Bugisu Region and the Cultural Institution in particular. I pray that God welcome his soul.”
Museveni is still expected today as the Chief mourner in Kisabasi village, Busai in Bududa district, where Mushikori’s remains shall be sent off.
Addressing reporters at the funeral vigil, Erick Mukhwana, the institution head of Communication revealed that the Ministry of Gender, Labor and Social Development is working together with the local organizing committee to ensure that the fallen leader gets befitting send off.
“President Museveni is expected to be the Chief mourner and a three-gun salute will be given to the late Umukuuka before burial,” Mukhwana revealed.
While speaking to mourners at St Andrews Cathedral during the Vigil this Friday, Peace Mutuzo, the State Minister for Gender confirmed that the central Government had allocated Shs92M for the State burial of Mushikori.
She noted that the Parliament will also pay tribute to the late before his burial.
“I am making arrangements with the Speaker, Hon Rebecca Kadaga,” she said while cautioning the Bamasaaba to put aside their differences for the meantime.
“As the Ministry, we are ready to work with whoever Bamasaaba Cultural Institution will seat down and agree on because the land that you are also fighting for would have been finished the process but it has received a set back because of your disagreements,” she noted.