Some members of the Busoga Chiefs' Royal Council are unhappy with President Yoweri Museveni. Their displeasure stems from a speech by the President on Sunday in which he addressed Columbus Wambuzi, one of the two men vying for the Busoga kingship, as iHis Royal Highness.i
President Museveni was in Kaliro for a memorial ceremony in honor of the late Kyabazinga of Busoga, Waako Muloki. As Muloki's heir and contender for the kingship, Columbus Wambuzi was given a seat of honor and addressed with respect by the President.
Patrick Izimbha Ngobi, one of the royal chiefs, accuses President Museveni of double standards. Ngobi says it was wrong for the President to address Wambuzi as the heir-apparent to the Busoga throne when he has in the past asked for the royal chiefs to reach a democratic consensus on the matter.
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Columbus Wambuzi was appointed Kyabazinga of Busoga by a small minority of the Chiefs' Royal Council. A re-election scheduled for next month has been temporary suspended by the High Court.
Yasin Waguma Ntembe, Chief of Butembe, says he is afraid that without full backing from the President, the Kyabazinga elections and progress in the kingdom will be stifled.
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Only three royal chiefs attended the memorial ceremony for the late Kyabazinga Henry Waako Muloki.