Bugisu cultural leader calls for peace, unity ahead of Imbalu cultural festival

The cultural leader for Inzu Ya Masaba HRH Yaaya Gidudu Masolo III addressing subjects on Monday, July 1, 2024

Mbale, (UG):- The cultural leader for Inzu Ya Masaba HRH Yaaya Gidudu Masolo III has called for peace and unity as the region gears up for the annual Imbalu Cultural Festival of the year 2024. The Imbalu cultural festival is done every even year

While presiding over the official launch of the Imbalu dancers (Sonja boys) in Mufumbo at Jewa Sub County grounds in Jewa town council in Mbale district on Saturday, HRH Gidudu said it is necessary to ensure a peaceful area with a united force of people which makes the festival a success.

Flanked by his Prime Minister Mr. Andrew Gumali, HRH Gidudu arrived at the venue with a crowd of people particularly the youths who were anxious to have a glance at him at a function where about 200 boys were blessed and flagged off for the Imbalu dance season.

While addressing his subjects, HRH Gidudu told Bamasaba to only trust their rightful cultural leaders to lead the Imbalu festival of 2024 citing that there are some people who end up taking involvement in their cultural festival yet they come from different cultures.

“Never accept any smuggled cultural leader who was unlawfully enthroned to reign over the Bugisu land. For example, these activities are cultural in nature and it may not make sense when someone from another land says Sebei to flag off our boys for the Imbalu at Mudodo,” HRH Gidudu Masolo noted.

The mass circumcision function in Bugisu sub-region will take place at Mudodo -Bungoho County in August 2024 and HRH Gidudu pledged to offer medicine and other circumcision requirements which are essential to the circumcised boys.

Unlike in the past, the Umukuka gives the green light to his subjects to do business at the one-month occasion, without financial charges, saying “The government provides funds for organizing that function. Therefore, there will be no financial charges at all,” Umukuka said.

Guuga Yaaya announced July 27, 2024, as the official day for awarding participants of the Imbalu dance, and thereafter they will be headed for the year Imbalu cultural festival in August this year.

In his closing remarks, he commanded Bamasaba to demand and keep the belongings to their land, before commending the organizing committee of the colourful function and also appreciated the boys for showcasing at the event.  

The function was attended by the Chairperson Sunja-Abdu Gidudu,  Muhammad Kangawa -Ambassador, Bamasaba in Busoga and Buganda,  Guuga Kizamba of Kayunga, Lwamiti Joel -Chairman Bugisu youths league,  Kahandi Kabibu -Chairman of Culture, Ahammed Juma Masaba -Chief Prince, Mudashru Kaburu, Fahad Mulafu, cultural, local political leaders, among others.

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