Samuel Nigoya, the Isabalangila of Bulamogi chiefdom says the presidentâ€™s directive is unconstitutional and contradicts a 2011 court ruling which validated the Busoga constitution as a key document which should be followed in dealing with pertinent issues within the kingdom.
The demand follows a letter written by president Yoweri Museveni last month ordering Wilson Muteebe Muweereza, the former kingdom Prime minister to hand over the keys and particulars of Busoga kingdom to Daudi Kaunhe Wakhooli who would then be reinstated as the acting Kyabazinga.
Muweereza was elected by the late Kyabazinga Henry Wako Muloki, before his death in 2008. Following disagreements with the acting Kyabazinga Daudi Kaunhe Wakhooli, Muweereza was sacked in 2011 but refused to leave office with the help of royal guards.
The President’s Directive was based on resolutions from a meeting between President Museveni, Busoga hereditary chiefs, the newly-elected members of Busoga Lukhiiko (parliament) and clan leaders. The meeting was held at State House Entebbe last month.
The chiefs were led by Acting Kyabazinga, Isabalangila Kaunhe Wakhooli, whom they elected after rejecting Prince Edward Wambuzi. Court upheld Prince Wambuzi’s election in October 2008 and recognized him as the rightful Kyabazinga of Busoga, but he is not recognized by a cross-section of the chiefs.
Busoga has had no substantive Kyabazinga since the death of Henry Wako Muloki in September 2008.
But Samuel Nigoya, the Isabalangila of Bulamogi chiefdom says the president’s directive is unconstitutional and contradicts a 2011 court ruling which validated the Busoga constitution as a key document which should be followed while dealing with pertinent issues within the kingdom.
Samuel Mutono, the prime minister of Bulamogi chiefdom says that the president has always said in media reports that the issues of Busoga must be settled by the 11 chiefs of Busoga but has unfortunately stepped off his own stand to issue directives.
Wilson Muteebe Muweereza says the presidential directive must have been done in the presence of a Kyabazinga and Busoga Lukhiiko not the president of Uganda as the Busoga kingdom constitution stipulates.
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Following last month’s orders from the president of Uganda the royal guards have been replaced by police but the prime minister Wilson Muteebe Muweereza has not handed over the keys to the Kyabazinga headquarter offices despite the end of a 14 days ultimatum given to him.
Patrick Izimba Gologolo the royal Chief from Kigulu expresses worry that Busoga kingdom issues have been politicized. He says politics will destroy the kingdom further.
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But despite the controversy, the acting Kyabazinga Daudi Kaunhe Wakhooli says the former prime minister must leave office to pave way for election of a substantive Kyabazinga.