Buganda Kingdom Tells MPs To Demand For MOU Details Formally

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Buganda Kingdom Information Minister Dennis Walusimbi has told legislators from the region to formally demand for disclosure of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed between the Kingdom and Central government.

Buganda Kingdom Information Minister Dennis Walusimbi has told legislators from the region to formally demand for disclosure of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed between the Kingdom and Central government.
 
Walusimbi said Buganda will consider disclosing details MOU signed between the Kingdom and Central government last year as per the demands of Buganda MPs only if they make a formal request.
 
In August last year, as Buganda marked 20 years of Kabaka Ronald Mutebi’s reign, the Kingdom revealed that it had signed an MOU with President Yoweri Museveni on the return of assets in the hands of government. The contents of the MOU were however never made public.
 
Betty Nambooze, Mukono Municipality MP and Vice Chairperson of the Buganda Caucus in Parliament, was reported in the media saying that the new threats made by the Banyala leader Baker Kimeze are an opportunity for the kingdom to allow the public debate the MOU. Kimeze demanded that Buganda seek permission from him before Kabaka Mutebi visits Kayunga in Bugerere County this month.
 
Nambooze noted that the pursuit of peace with President Museveni had failed and that it is time now for them to discuss the contents of the MOU openly, honestly and frankly. She said that now that the Katikkiro is no longer new in office, he should allow them discuss the MOU.
 
The Buganda caucus chairman and Mityana North MP Godfrey Kiwanda Ssuubi was also reported to have demanded the disclosure of the MOU saying that they may not necessarily discuss it because they know that the Kabaka can’t make a bad decision for his kingdom, but that the Katikkiro should let the kingdom’s subjects know the details of the agreement.
 
In an interview with Uganda Radio Network on Monday, Walusimbi said he was not aware of the MPs’ demands officially apart from getting them in the media but that should the MPs write to the Kingdom, they shall see how to go about the demands.
 
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Walusimbi added that the Kingdom had tried to make the MOU public saying that the night the MOU was signed in August last year the Katikkiro of Buganda Charles Peter Mayiga gave highlights in the MOU to the Media.
 
He further noted that Members of the Lukiiko, the Kingdom’s Parliament, were given the MOU but that he will talk to the Katikkiro to see that the document is availed to the media.
 
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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.