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Maureen Walube Kyalya has held meetings with Busoga Kingdom royals in an effort to repair their strained relationship. Kyalya, who is contesting for the presidency in the 2016 general elections, held the meetings this Sunday.

Maureen Walube Kyalya has held meetings with Busoga Kingdom royals in an effort to repair their strained relationship. Kyalya, who is contesting for the presidency in the 2016 general elections, held the meetings this Sunday.
 
Kyalya held closed a door meeting with Prince Columbus Wambuzi at his palace in Nakabango village. She then proceeded to the Budhumbula palace of Kyabazinga William Gabula IV.
 
Speaking to the media, Kyalya said her visit was to express her respect for Kyabazinga Gabula and the royal chief of Bulamogi chiefdom. Kyalya's presidential campaign starts on Monday in Iganga and then Kaliro district before traversing the entire Busoga region. 
 
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 Kyalya's relationship with Busoga kingdom royals has not always been so smooth.
 
In 2014, Kyalya was unable to visit Budhumbula palace because the government said it had received credible reports of threats to her life. At the time, Kyalya was a presidential advisor on poverty alleviation in Busoga.
 
Reports of her anticipated visit had prompted protests by the Kamuli and Buyende communities that form Bugabula - Budiope chiefdom led by Farouk Mujomba. They accused Kyalya of disrespecting the royal clan heads by disputing their eligibility for the kyabazingaship. This was at the height of disputes in Busoga over who should replace Kyabazinga Henry Wako Muloki (1921-2008).
 
However, Kyalya's visit this time did not provoke any protests. Kyalya was received by Kyabazinga William Gabula's oldest aunt Nairuba Nadiope.
 
Nairuba said Kyalya was a daughter of Busoga and always welcome home despite disagreements in the past. Nairuba urged Kyalya to work for the unity of Busoga and Uganda and thereafter blessed her.
 
But Farouk Mujomba, who is Kyabazinga Gabula's uncle, said that while Kyalya is free to visit the area she must respect the legitimate cultural leaders. He also said that Kyalya must not drag Busoga kingdom into political matters.
 
Maureen Kyalya will be in Iganga and Kaliro districts tomorrow. She will hold rallies at Iganga Saza Ground, in Idudi, Busembatya and Nambaale trading centres. She will then travel to Kaliro and hold three rallies at Namwiwa, Kaliro town council and Budini trading centre.