Bunyoro Welcomes New Minister with Hope

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The Banyoro have tasked newly appointed Bunyoro affairs minister to negotiate for the long the kingdom’s share of the oil revenues once he assumes office.

The Banyoro have tasked newly appointed Bunyoro affairs minister to negotiate for the long the kingdom’s share of the oil revenues once he assumes office.

In the cabinet reshuffle announced on Wednesday, President Yoweri Museveni named Ernest Kiiza, Member of Parliament for Masindi Municipality, as Minister for Bunyoro Affairs.

The portfolio has been vacant for over a year now since parliament rejected Kibuku County MP Saleh Kamba, who had been appointed last year.

Although the minister has not yet been vetted and approved, some of the Banyoro that URN Reporter spoke to, say that pushing for the Bunyoro kingdom’s oil share should be his major task.

Allan Bamuha, the president and founder of Empagi Za Bunyoro, a youth foundation, says although the kingdom has since pushed for its revenue share on oil, the proposed oil bills have remained silent about it.

Bamuha says it’s now the task of the Bunyoro Minister to have the kingdom considered also saying the money will help in addressing the oil related adverse effects.

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In June this year the Omukama of Bunyoro Kitara stormed parliament to present his concerns before the natural resources committee. Top of the Omukama’s demands was for Bunyoro to have a 12.5% share of the oil revenues.

About 60% of the oil deposits in the Albertine grabben lie in Bunyoro.

Yunus Mugabe, former Hoima district council speaker and now Hoima NRM general secretary, says although it may not be the 12% oil share demanded, the kingdom should be considered.

Mugabe says as Banyoro they are counting on the new Minister for Bunyoro Affairs to have this passed and implemented.

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The Banyoro also want the new ministry to promote infrastructural development in the region and address the land question especially in Kibaale district.

Bunyoro Kitara kingdom Prime Minister, Reverend Jackson Nsamba Kasozi, says the kingdom cabinet will soon sit and issue a statement regarding what priority areas the new ministry should tackle.

Speaking in a telephone interview, the new minister Ernest Kiiza pledged to use his portfolio to negotiate for the kingdom’s oil share.

Kiiza however urges Bunyoro leaders to have allies especially in parliament to support their cause, so that they are not viewed as being greedy.