Embattled Kyabazinga: Presidential Directive Unconstitutional

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In his letter, Museveni said that following the confusion that broke out after the death of Henry Wako Muloki in 2008, the former Kyabazinga of Busoga, he agreed that Prince Kawunhe assumes the throne until a substantive king is elected. In

Edward Columbus Wambuzi, the embattled Kyabazinga of Busoga Kingdom and David Bogere Gabula, the care takers of the throne have protested a directive by President Yoweri Museveni to pay the acting Kyabazinga. On May 26, Museveni wrote to the Gender and Social Affairs ministry directing it to pay David Kawunhe Wakooli, the acting Kyabazinga a monthly allowance of 5 million until a substantive Kyabazinga is appointed.


In his letter, Museveni said that following the confusion that broke out after the death of Henry Wako Muloki, the former Kyabazinga in 2008, he agreed that Prince Kawunhe assumes the throne until a substantive king is elected. In the letter copied to the prime minister, all Busoga MPS, RDCs and royal chiefs, Museveni ordered that Prince Kawunhe continues managing Busoga property and all arrears amounting to shillings 240 million be remitted to him as the acting manager of the Kingdom.

 
However, the directive of the president has not gone down well with Prince Wambuzi. Through Matovu and Matovu Company advocates, Wambuzi reminds Museveni that Busoga Kingdom is a constitutional monarchy whose constitution does not provide for a vacuum to the throne, adding that an acting Kyabazinga can only serve for 150 days.  He says that the acting Kyabazinga who also doubles as the Isabalangira [premier] is expected to organize fresh polls, which he did leading to his election on October 2008.


He argues that allowing Kawunhe to continue to serving as acting Kyabazinga alongside an elected Kyabazinga, breaches the Kingdom constitution and rule of law. Wambuzi adds that the president’s letter is unconstitutional and amounts to the overthrow of the Busoga Kingdom constitution and government, which has severe legal and political consequences that government must avoid. Wabuzi advises government to support his leadership and restrain police from blocking him from carrying out Kingdom activities instead of recognizing Kawunhe as the acting Kyabazinga.


He alleges that Kawunhe has been at the center of the confusion over the Busoga throne so as to continue serving as the acting Kyabazinga. Wambuzi claims that Kawunhe presided over contravercials polls leading to disputed election of Prince Wambuzi and Prince William Gabula Nadiope. Kawunhe has not replied to the accusations as he could be reached by out reporter, by the time of filling this report.

 

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