Inzu Ya Masaaba (House of Masaaba), IYM, is the cultural institution of Bamasaaba living at the slopes of Mt. Elgon Mt. Masaaba, commonly called Mt. Elgon, in Eastern Uganda and Western Kenya. They cover the districts of Mbale, Sironko, Manafwa, Bududa, Bulambuli and Namisindwa in Uganda; and Bungoma and Trans Nzoia in Kenya.
The leadership of Inzu ya Masaaba is vested in a Cultural Leader called Uwelukoosi Umukuuka We Ba’Masaaba. Since inception in 2000, IYM has had two leaders; Uwelukoosi Amb. Wilson Wamimbi Weasa of Inda ya Wanaale as Umukuuka I and Uwelukoosi Bob Mushikori of Inda ya Mubuuya as Umukuuka II. Tenure for every cultural leader, according to the constitution, is five years and is done on rotational basis from one ancestral family (Inda) to another.
A United People For Sustainable Development
To preserve, promote and enhance culture as well as the material economic heritage of Bamasaaba in Uganda, Kenya and Diaspora.
Inzu Strategic Objective:
Ensuring quality governance and leadership practices and emphasis on resource mobilization to ensure the unity and well-being of all Ba’Masaaba for posterity.
Guiding Principles and Core Values:
Strategic Areas of The Strategic Plan:
- Preservation of Cultural Heritage
- Environmental and Land Management
- Agricultural Transformation
- Educational Transformation
- Economic Empowerment
- Health and Sanitation
- Gender Mainstreaming and Programming
- Governance and Leadership
- Communication Network