Buganda Premier Starts Visit to Nakasongola amid Tight Security

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In short
Katikkiro Mayiga arrived in Kakooge town council at 9: 28a.m. this morning, received by a team of Buganda officials and subjects led by Gerald Kyanjo, the Mengo Representative in Buruuli County. He is expected to visit nine sub counties in Nakasongola district.

There is heavy deployment in Nakasongola district as Buganda Premier Charles Peter Mayiga arrives for the much anticipated visit to the region.

The visit is part of an ongoing drive locally known as ‘Etofaali' a scheme initiated to mobilize resources for the reconstruction and rehabilitation of the Kingdom properties.

Katikkiro Mayiga arrived in Kakooge town council at 9: 28a.m. this morning, received by a team of Buganda officials and subjects led by Gerald Kyanjo, the Mengo Representative in Buruuli County.  He is expected to visit nine sub counties in Nakasongola district.

However, hundreds of anti-riot policemen, traffic officers and security operatives armed with teargas canisters and other ammunition are deployed in Nakasongola and Kakooge councils to thwart any activities that could disrupt the tour.

Earlier the Buruuli community had announced plans to disrupt the tour in retaliation for Buganda's failure to honor and officially inform Isabaruuli Mwogezi Butamanya, the cultural leader of Buruuli about the visit. They described the visit as provocation and antagonism.

Tension remains high in Nakasongola town, Nabiswera and Lwabyata Sub County headquarters where Isabaruuli commands a lot of respect.

But Savannah Regional Police Commander Musa Nabende says the Katikkiro Charles Peter Mayiga will receive maximum protection to tour the area.
 
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But coordinators of Buruuli chiefdom youths locally known as "Abajwaka" lead by John Sekagigo and Peter Kafeero have vowed to take on police in protest of disrespect of Isabaruuli and their culture.
 
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Yesterday, More than 50 elders and clan leaders of Buruuli chiefdom besieged the office of Nakasongola Resident District Commissioner in protest of the visit.

The angry officials led by George Ongom, the chairperson of Buruuli Chiefdom Steering committee marched to the district headquarters and stormed the office of RDC demanding for his immediate action to stop the visit of Katikkiro Buganda Charles Peter Mayiga.
However the protests didn't yield anything.
 
 
 
 

 

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Brian Luwaga
Since Brian Luwaga joined Uganda Radio Network in 2011, he is still amazed how, "URN is a place that gives journalists a chance to enhance their skills . It gives a journalist an opportunity to adopt and master various aspects of journalism that include radio broadcast, social media, photography and television production."

A practicing journalist since 2009, first with Star FM, Luwaga has always been keen to write about the concerns of the "common person." Based for much of his career in Luweero, Luwaga takes it as a compliment if politicians complain that his reporting is too harsh.

In his journalism, Luwaga likes to merge the past with the present. He believes you cannot understand what is happening now, if you do not have a grounding in the past. Brian Luwaga is the Luweero URN bureau chief. Nakasongola, Nakaseke, Mityana, Mubende and Wakiso districts fall under his docket.

Luwaga is interested in humanitarian work and is a keen Rotarian.