ICOB President Asked Museveni to Remember Kigezi


By Gideon Tumwijukye


KABALE: The International Community of Banyakigezi (ICOB) president Grace Mugabirwe Mutebile asked president Museveni to remember Kigezi sub-region once again.


While speaking on Tuesday 27th December 2022 at the opening of a two day professionals camp that was held at National Teachers College – NTC, that was organized by international community of Banyakigezi (ICOB) Uganda in partnership with Kigezi Oweitu Foundation in a bid to give back to the community where people were given freed services, Mugabirwe asked the present to remember Kigezi once again.


Mugabirwe said that before, Kigezi were blessed with formidable people in the government like two premiers John Patrick Amama Mbabazi from Kanungu district and Dr. Livingstone Ruhakana Rugunda from Kabale, the governor Bank of Uganda Late Emmanuel Tumusiime Mutebile from Kabale, former Inspector General of Police Kale Kayihura from Kisoro, former Minister of Privatization Late Manzi Tumubweine from Rukiga district, former Minister of Agriculture Hope Ruhindi Mwesigye among others who would support Kigezi’s development.

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Mugabirwe also trashed rumors saying that ICOB opposes government saying that these rumors are null and void. She revealed that ICOB is nonpartisan and encouraged everyone from Kigezi to join. She revealed that the first ICOB member is the president of Uganda who joined in 2009 when it was launched after revealing that he hails from Nyarushanje sub county in Rukungiri district. Mugabirwe asked Banyakigezi not to politicize ICOB but focus on the development of the sub-region.


Sandra Ndyomugyenyi the Presidential legal advisor who is also the President of Kigezi Oweitu/Kigezi our mother land is a camp aimed at giving back to community saying that there a number of Banyakigezi who are successful in their professions but detached from home.

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She says that the professionals from Kigezi their   success has been less, unproductive in the community as in old times it took a village to raise a child. The success of this child therefore became that of the village it was the pride of the community to have a doctor, lawyer.


“This basically meant free or subsided consultations for community members, improved services and infrastructures. Slowly we have lost this sense of accountability hence bridging a huge gap between the elite those living in the city and those back home/most of them living under poverty lines”. Said Ndyomugyenyi.


Services that were offered Include Medical services, Legal Services, Labor Export Services, Financial Services/Investments and Agricultural services.


ICOB started in 2009 and brings together all people from Kigezi across the globe. It was started with the aim of giving back to the community through building infrastructure like schools, medicals services among others in Kigezi sub- region

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