Buganda MPs Want Govt to Revoke Letter Delisting Cultural Leaders Top story

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The MPs earlier summoned Gender Minister Mary Karooro Okurut to justify the directive and why it was inconsistent with the provisions in the Constitution and the Traditional and Cultural Leaders Act.

The Buganda Caucus in Parliament is demanding that Government revoke its decision to de-gazette the names and tittles of cultural and traditional leaders as listed in the Uganda Gazette legal notice No. 303 of 2014.

The MPs earlier summoned Gender Minister Mary Karooro Okurut to justify the directive and why it was inconsistent with the provisions in the Constitution and the Traditional and Cultural Leaders Act.

This follows a letter written by the minister to the Uganda Printing and Publishing Corporation to delist all the 14 recognized leaders although the reason for the action remained unclear. Last evening State minister for Gender, Rukia Nakadama told URN that the titles were contentious.

The affected leaders 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.

The act was followed by fears that government had abolished the kingdoms. However, Minister Karooro Okurut this morning stated that Government had not abolished cultural leaders and Institutions but rather de-gazetted only the titles.

She added that government wanted to safeguard the leaders against the several impostors claiming the same titles and requesting to be recognized within the boundaries of the already existing cultural institutions.

“This government will not abolish cultural leaders but it will not accept imposters to cultural thrones, it was out of good intension and it has nothing to do with abolition of cultural leaders and NRM cannot kill its own baby”, Okurut told MPs.

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But her explanation was dismissed by members of parliament claiming that without the tittles, the Kings themselves are non-existent. The MPs instead questioned why Government would not in the first place deal with the imposters before de-gazetting the recognized cultural leaders.

Butambala County MP Muwanga Kivumbi demanded that the Minister revokes her letter before engaging cultural institutions on the matter.

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Kawempe North MP Latif Ssebagala told the Minister that before de-gazetting the recognized cultural leaders, she would have acted upon those who claim to be traditional leaders and claiming thrones.

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Minister Okurut then requested that she is given time to consult with the Attorney General Peter Nyombi who advised to de-gazette the cultural leaders and then give a final statement later today.