This trip was in 1992 but could still apply. At least it makes sense to be sure your porters go first before you set off as then you know they are on their way with your tents and food. Also set off early so you don't have to climb so fast.
We only climbed to the first stage of the Ruwenzoris and the hut where porters are hired was very busy. We hired 2 and this took some time. There was obviously a shortage.
We set off, expecting the porters to follow, got to the first level, where we were spending the night, and had no porters, tents, food or drinks. They finally arrived at almost midnight and it turned out that due to the shortage of porters they were doing double runs, so had taken some other people's gear up then gone down for ours and back up again.
We managed to beg a cuppa tea to keep us going for the 6 hours we waited.
You might have heard that bandits/rebels are present in the Rwenzori area. At the time of writing this this was old news.
Rebels were active in the late 1990s. But the area is currently safe. The landmines that were left have been cleared away.
Each group of porters gets an armed park guard as assurance.