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Abafumambogo clan head appeals to clan and family heads to organize regular meetings

Stephen Rwagweri in a group photo

Abafumambogo clan head who is also the Executive Director Engabu Za Tooro Stephen Rwagweri Atwoki has appealed to clan and family heads to regularly meet to enable clan and family members strengthen their weakening clan and family institutions.

Rwagweri who is also the CIOFF Uganda president was speaking yesterday (Friday, 27th December, 2019) at the Abafumambogo clan meeting held at the home of Arthur Mutabazi in Kiryagonya village in Hakibaale Sub County, Kabarole district. The Abafumambogo clan meeting was attended by hundreds of Abafumambogo clan members mostly from Hakibaale Sub County.

“When family or clan members come together, they think together and act together for the development of their communities and the meetings can be at family, lineage and clan levels.” Said Rwagweri.

The Abafumambogo clan head indicated that regular clan or family meetings will ensure proper upbringing of children based on Tooro culture, ensure education of children, ensures safeguarding of family land, family burial sites and ancestral places.

Stephen Rwagweri Speaking

Regular clan and family meetings encourage family or clan members to uplift their livelihoods through promoting a culture of self-reliance, promotes a culture of self-documentation of the family or clan traditions to ensure they are safeguarded for generations.

Clan and family meetings also promotes regular performance of traditional rituals and ceremonies like Empaako naming ceremony, helps clan or family members know each other and strengthen family and clan institutions.

Currently, the Abafumambogo clan head who is also Engabu Za Tooro Executive Director is spearheading the implementation of a UNESCO co-funded Project which focuses on documentation and revitalization of Empaako naming rituals and practices in Uganda.

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