Buganda Fails to Petition Constitutional Court over Traditional Leaders Law

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In short
Government’s failure to quickly gazette the Traditional Leaders Law 2010 is delaying the Buganda Kingdom’s intention to seek an interpretation from the constitutional court.

Apollo Makubuya, the attorney general of Mengo says that they have failed to petition the constitutional court over the Traditional Leaders Law 2010 because it has not been gazetted by government.
On January 25th, 2011, the Lukiiko of Buganda resolved to petition the constitutional court contesting the Institution of traditional leader’s law.
But today, Apollo Makubuya the Kingdom’s Attorney General told the Lukiiko that they have failed to file their petition before court because Government is yet to publish the Act in the national gazette.
He reiterated the Kingdom’s stand that they are still opposed to the Law since it infringes on the traditional leader’s rights especially the Kabaka of Buganda Ronald Muwenda Mutebi.

The Law states that the Kabaka or his agents will be forbidden to make statements on bills or motions in Parliament, make statements against government policies or programs.  

Buganda is particularly opposed to the section which states that if the regional tier is implemented the position of the titular head in Buganda shall rotate on an annual basis between the Kabaka and the Ssabaruli.
The Kabaka shall also share the benefits of a cultural leader from the central government with the Ssabaruli.

The Kingdom spokesperson Charles Peter Mayega says they cannot be sure that it is the law they are petitioning since it has not been published in the gazette yet.

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The law also states that government may withdraw recognition of the Kabaka if he contravenes the constitution and the Kabaka will not be taken to be a traditional or cultural leader unless he is recognized as such by the government. It also bars the traditional leaders from recommending to the public to support an individual politician, promoting a party manifesto, or making statements against government programs.