Kooki Chief Accused of Promoting Sectarianism

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The leader of the Kooki chiefdom, Apollo Sansa Kabumbuli, is accused of promoting sectarianism. It is alleged that Kabumbuli and the MP for Kooki, Erasmus Magulumaali, convened two meetings last week to demand that two new districts, Kakuuto and Kyotera, become operational immediately. During the meeting it was agreed that if this demand is not met, the people of Kooki will boycott next year's elections. There are rumors that during the meeting, Kabumbuli and Magulumaali called for key administrative positions to be given only to people of Kooki heritage. Anyone else from the mother district of Rakai would be locked out of appointment to the new districts. Kintu Nyago, President Yoweri Museveni's Deputy Principal Private Secretary, is in Rakai to investigate the claims. He says Apollo Kabumbuli and Erasmus Magulumaali will be investigated for promoting sectarianism. //Cue in: "Leaders now ..." Cue out: "... work in Uganda."// Vincent Ssemakula, the Rakai LC5 chairman, says there is no need for the urgent creation of the districts before the elections. He says Kakuuto and Kyotera districts have all been approved and the local government ministry is awaiting money to set up the district structures. Neither Apollo Kabumbuli nor Erasmus Magulumaali could be reached for comment. However in a phone interview, the Prime Minister of Kooki, Ananias Ssekyanzi, said a meeting would be convened over the sectarianism claims.