Buruli Cultural Leaders Accuse Buganda of Disrespect, Provocation

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The Cultural Leaders of Buruli Chiefdom have petitioned President Yoweri Museveni accusing Buganda Kingdom of failure to respect the chiefdom’s autonomy and breaching the recent Memorandum of Understanding signed between Mengo and Central government.

The Cultural Leaders of Buruli Chiefdom have petitioned President Yoweri Museveni accusing Buganda Kingdom of failure to respect the chiefdom’s autonomy and breaching the recent Memorandum of Understanding signed between Mengo and Central government.

Erukam Kwebeya, the Prime Minister of Buruuli says that Mengo agreed in the MoU signed in August 2013, to respect other cultural institutions that sought autonomy but instead the kingdoms subjects and leaders are continuously provoking them.

Kwebeya cites a recent visit of the Kattikiro of Buganda Charles Peter Mayiga visited Nakitoma Sub County in Nakasongola. He says although the area forms part of Buruli chiefdom’s territory, no effort was made to notify the Isabaruli Constantine Mwogezi Butamanya and the district authorities as about the visit.

Kwebeya adds that they have heard about an impending visit of the Kabaka of Buganda Ronald Muwenda Mutebi but still they have not been notified yet the dates for the visit have already been set. He argues that such actions tantamount to aggression and may stir violent protests.

Kwebeya pleads with President Yoweri Museveni to ask Mengo to refrain from the acts of provocation otherwise the minority will be forced to use violent means to protect the chiefdom.  Their outcry was sent through the Minister for Presidency Frank Tumwebaze at the 9th coronation anniversary of the Isabaruli at Kibira village in Nakasongola town council yesterday.

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James Wandira the LC 5 Chairman of Nakasongola says they are willing to cooperate with Buganda Kingdom but they should notify them on their activities as sign of respect  to other cultural institutions as Memorandum of Understanding clearly stated.

The Minister of Presidency Frank Tumwebaze condemned pledged to deliver the request to the president based on the fears raised bu Buruli Chiefdom.
 

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However the information minister of Buganda Kingdom Denis Walusimbi Ssengendo described Buruli cultural leaders as self seekers and people who want to create more animosity within the country.
Walusimbi insists that the Memorandum of Understanding was clear that Kabaka and Mengo leaders are free to move to any part of Uganda and wondered which script they were reading and using to block him or his officials from visiting the area.

A section of subjects lead by The LC 3 chairman of Nakitoma Sub county James Ssemyalo say that they will not support Buruli Chiefdom in blocking Mengo Officials from visiting the area because they help them in development.

They say that during the recent visit of the Katikkiro to the area, more than 1000 people got free treatment and scores of maternity beds were donated which Buruli chiefdom could not afford.

 

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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.