Government Cancels Move to De-gazette Cultural Leaders and Titles Top story

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Minister Karooro Okurut Statement Canceling de-gazettion of Cultural Leaders Olive Nakatudde

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To loyalists, this was interpreted as a move to abolish cultural leaders. But after consultations, Karooro Okurut announced that the move had been cancelled. She however stated that the communication was well intentioned and not in any way designed to deprive, diminish, demean or affect the Institutions or devalue their Constitutional rights.

 Government has canceled a move to de-gazette the names and titles of cultural leaders, a move that had created discomfort within cultural institutions and their loyalists.

This follows a demand from among others, the Buganda Caucus in Parliament which demanded that government revokes the communication issued on August 4th by Gender minister Mary Karooro Okurut.

On 4th August 2014, Minister Karooro Okurut wrote to the Uganda Printing and Publishing Corporation to delist all the 14 recognized leaders although the reason for the action remained unclear. However, last evening State minister for Gender, Rukia Nakadama told URN that the titles were contentious and needed to be corrected.

To loyalists, this was interpreted as a move to abolish cultural leaders. But after consultations, Karooro Okurut announced that the move had been cancelled. She however stated that the communication was well intentioned and not in any way designed to deprive, diminish, demean or affect the Institutions or devalue their Constitutional rights.

“I am withdrawing my communication. consequently, General Notice no. 503 of 2014 stands annulled and I have given instructions for reinstatement of General Notice no. 303 of 2014 so that the status quo prior is reinstated”, Karooro said in a statement.

She noted that her communication to Uganda Printing and Publishing Corporation was to bring harmony to all the leaders concerned and to make sure that there are no imposters who she said have been trying to use traditional titles that do not belong to them.

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Subsequently, new instructions have been sent out to the Uganda Printing and Publishing Corporation reinstating general notice no. 303 of 2014 initially gazetted in May.

The instruction presented this evening by State Minister for Labour Mwesigwa Rukuntana reads; “This is to request you to rescind General Notice no. 503 of 2014 and reinstate General Notice no 303 of 2014 dated 6th May 2014.”

The recognized leaders under the notice include; The Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi of Buganda, Ubimu Phillip Olarker Rauni of Alur, the Paramount Chief David Onen Acana of Acholi, Omukama Solomon Gafabusa Iguru of Bunyoro Kitara, the Kamuswaga Apollo Sansa Kabumbuli II  of Kooki and Omukama Oyo Nyimba Kabamba Iguru Rukidi of Tooro.

Others are; The Won Nyaci Yosam Odur of Te Kwaro Me lango, The Kwar Adhola of Tieng Adhola, the Isabaruli Constantine Butamanya Mwogezi Mwatansozi of Buruli, the Emorimor Papa Augustine Osuban Adugala of Teso, the Omusinga Charles Wesley Mumbere Iremangoma of Rwenzururu, the Ikumbania Bishop John Chrizestom Wayabire of Obwa Ikumbaania Bwa Bugwere, Umukuuka Uwelukoosi Wilson Wamimbi of Inzu Ya Masaaba, and Omudhingiya Martin Kamya Ayongi of Bwamba.

Mukono Municipality MP Betty Nambooze also the Vice Chairperson of the Buganda Caucus welcomed the latest development and appealed for consultation with the different kingdoms in case of any development before decisions are taken.

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About the author

Olive Nakatudde
Olive Nakatudde is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Nakatudde has been a URN staff member since 2013.

Nakatudde started out in journalism in 2009 with Dembe FM radio in Kampala. In 2012, Nakatudde joined Voice of Africa as a political reporter. She has been a photographer since her journalism school days at Makerere University.

Nakatudde is interested in good governance and public policy, which she reports on intensively from the Uganda Parliament. She is a keen follower of cultural affairs in Buganda Kingdom and covers the kingdom's Lukiiko (parliament). Nakatudde also reports on education and health.

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