Bunyoro Kingdom Silent On Premier's Resignation

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Bunyoro Kingdom officials are still tight lipped over a request by Engineer Yabezi Kiiza to quit as the Prime Minister.

Bunyoro Kingdom officials are still tight lipped over a request by Engineer Yabezi Kiiza to quit as the Prime Minister.

Engineer Kiiza on Friday handed in his request to be relieved of his duties citing ill-health. But since, Karuziika, Omukama Solomon Gafabusa Iguru’s palace, has not commented on the matter.

Yolam Nsamba, the Omukama’s principal private secretary has declined to comment saying he is not at the palace and therefore unable to give a comment on the matter although he confirms the Omukama’s receipt of the premier’s request.

In his Jan 5th letter addressed to the Omukama, Engineer Kiiza requested to be relieved of his duties at the end of January 2012.

Kiiza stipulates in his letter that he has experienced ill-heath since last year and this he says requires him to have some rest.

The premier says he is currently nursing diabetes and high blood pressure.

Speaking in a telephone interview with Uganda Radio Network from Masindi, the premier warned against any speculation about his request saying he has no any other reason for resigning apart from ill-health.

Kiiza says since he tendered in his request, a lot of speculation has been going around but he refuses to divulge details and those responsible.

He thanked the Omukama for entrusting him with this office for the last three years saying he is willing and ready to continue serving the kingdom in any other capacity while at home.

Kiiza 73, begun his service in the kingdom in 2007 when he was appointed deputy prime minister. He became full prime minister in 2009 after the sacking of Emmanuel Aliba Kiiza whom he deputized.

His three year term of office had no notable upheavals other than his recent misunderstanding with culture and palace affairs minister John Olimi Nyabongo that saw him sack the minister mid last year.

The Omukama, however, reversed the premier’s decision and reinstated the minister, a move that seemed to undermine the Kiiza’s powers.

It’s not clear whether this also pushed him to quit the job.

A civil engineer by profession, Kiiza says he is only awaiting approval of his request by the king so that he hands over office.

 

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