Buruuli Cultural Leaders Reject AG Legal Opinion on Kabaka's Visit

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In the petition,Isabaruuli Mwogezi Butamanya complained about the appointment of Kimbugwe (Buganda Representative in Buruuli) yet the position doesn’t hold any cultural significance but administrative roles which are against cultural leaders act 2011.

The Buruuli Chiefdom leaders have rejected the Attorney General's legal opinion on appointment of Buganda’s County chief and Kabaka’s Visit without notifying Isabaruuli.
 
Recently Minister of Security Wilson Muruli Mukasa petitioned Attorney General Peter Nyombi  asking  legal interpretation and advice after getting complaints from Isabaruuli Mwogezi Butamanya and Prime Minister Erukamu Kwebeya.
 
In the petition,Isabaruuli Mwogezi Butamanya complained about the appointment of Kimbugwe (Buganda Representative in Buruuli) yet the position doesn’t hold any cultural significance but administrative roles which are against cultural leaders act 2011.
 
In a separate complaint,Prime Minister Erukamu also alleged that Buganda Officials and Premier  Charles Peter Mayiga  were breaching a Memorandum of Understanding signed between Mengo and Central government in August  2013 by visiting the area without  notifying  Buruuli Cultural Leaders.
 
In his 11 Pages Legal opinion read in person to Buruuli Cultural and Buganda County Chiefs on Wednesday at district headquarters,Attorney General Peter Nyombi stated that he had carefully read Constitution of Uganda, Cultural Leaders Act 2011, Memorandum of understanding and other related instruments but found no law that bars Mengo from appointing Kimbugwe as its representative to promote its cultural views and the Kabaka visiting any part of the country.
 
Attorney General Nyombi however advised Mengo that out of courtesy they should inform the Nakasongola leadership especially Resident District Commissioner about their visit for harmony.
 
On Properties, Attorney General said that the MOU was clear and President emphasized that properties in Buruuli and Bugerere will be left to cultural institutions in those areas for redevelopment but noted it was silent on transfer of land titles to the chiefdoms.
 
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However his opinion met mixed reactions from Buruuli and Buganda Officials.
 
Gerald Kyanjo, the Buganda Representative in Buruuli, welcomed the opinion saying it was relief and re-affirms his roles in the area. Kyanjo denied playing political or administrative roles but cultural functions on behalf of the Kabaka.
 
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But the Buruuli cultural leaders anonymously rejected the legal opinion.
 
The Deputy Prime Minister of Buruuli Chiefdom Ssebwato Gawera says that it’s not right for the Kabaka to inform the RDC who is political leader and not Isabaruuli Mwogezi Butamanya who is cultural head of the area.
 
He also accused Attorney General of trying to twist the Memorandum of Understanding in favour of Mengo and they will not respect his opinion.
 
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Buruuli Chiefdom seceded from Buganda Kingdom on December 10, 2004 despite the fact that Mengo still considers it part of the Kingdom.

 

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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.

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