Tuesday, October 20, 2009
FORMER NURSE AIDE IN US BECOMES UGANDAN KING (AFRICA)
He inherited the throne when his father died leading a secessionist group in the Rwenzori Mountains, otherwise known as the Mountains of the Moon. Shortly after his father's death he led the fighters to go down the mountain and hand in their weapon in the government.
Charles Wesley Mumbere come to United states in 1984 on an Uganda government scholarship, attending business school. He gained political asylum in 1987, trained as a nurse's aide and took a job in a suburban Washington nursing home to pay his bills. He worked as a nursing aide in Maryland and Pennsylvania caring for the elderly and sick without the knowledge of the people that he is a crown king when he was 13 years old in his homeland. He chooses to become a nurse aide the work is more reliable than other kind of jobs because you get laid off easily.
He lived in US with his family for 25 years now and a green card holder, but he never forgot the people he left behind. When the Ugandan government decided to reinstate the traditional kingdoms, Mumbere lobbied the Rwenzururu Kingdom to be among them. After 10 years of negotiation, President Museveni announced in August the government would recognize the Rwenzururu Kingdom as Uganda's seventh kingdom. Government recognition does not grant any executive power, but allows the monarchs to determine cultural and social issues affecting their people. .