The Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II of Buganda, Omukama Oyo Nyimba Kabamba Iguru of Tooro and Omukama Solomon Gafabusa Iguru of Bunyoro have all confirmed their presence to grace the coronation of William Gabula Nadiope IV to the throne of the Kyabazinga of Busoga.
The ceremony is scheduled for September 13th 2014 at Busoga kingdom headquarters in Bugembe.
George Mutyabule, Busoga kingdom Speaker also confirms a communication from statehouse confirming President Yoweri Museveni’s presence at the much anticipated function. State house also contributed UGX 200 million towards preparation activities ahead of the ceremony.
Farouk Mujomba, an uncle to the Kyabazinga-elect William Gabula Nadiope IV’ says the ceremonies that are mostly cultural will commence before break of dawn at Mpumwiire hill in Jinja where one of the ancestors of Bunyoro and Busoga’s leadership Omukama Chwa II Kabalega died on 6 April 1923.
History has it that Basoga King’s came from Bunyoro in the mid-16th century with Mukama Namutukula the son of Omukama Olimi from the Babiito royal family.
William Gabula Nadiope IV will then be taken to Igenge hill for cultural cleansing before heading to Busoga kingdom headquarters to seat on his throne and address Busoga.
Gabula was elected last month by the Busoga Chiefs’ Royal Council, a body that brings together hereditary leaders of the 11 traditional counties which constitute the Electoral College that chooses the Kyabazinga and was subsequently approved by the Busoga Lukiiko.
He is a grandson of Sir William Wilberforce Kadhumbula Nadiope III, former Kyabazinga of Busoga. Kadhumbula Nadiope also served as vice president of Uganda between 1963 and 1966.
Busoga kingdom has not had a substantive Kyabazinga for over 7 years as a result of disagreements amongst chiefs on the election of a successor for the late Henry Wako Muloki in 2008.