By Stephen K Muwambi
Katikkiro Charles Peter Mayiga expressed ridicule for Buganda’s Shs7Bn 2014/15 budget calling it a crying shame for a kingdom that has existed for a thousand years and boasts of ten million people.
“Obviously one man Mukwano cannot have a superior budget to that of a kingdom of a thousand years and boasting of ten million people. It’s totally unacceptable,” Mayiga remarked.
The development savvy Premier was addressing the Lukiiko Budget conference chaired by Speaker Nelson Kawalya.
To Mayiga, Shs7Bn is far to below the money required to carry out the development Buganda needs adding that at that rate, the kingdom will take ages to return to the summit.
The Katikkiro said Baganda are enterprising and capable of making a far better budget than the 2014/15 Budget. “Our trick is self recovery,” Mayiga added.
Among Mayiga ambitious programs the 2014/15 financial year, include completion of the Masengere Plaza inside Bulange, Kasubi and Wamala Masiro, building a modern women exclusive hospital, among many others.
Mayiga’s fundraising charm has seen the kingdom raking in over Shs3Bn that has helped to rebuild the burnt Kasubi royal tombs, Masengere Plaza among others.
By calling for an enhanced budget, Mayiga would be understood to communicate the message that the kingdom cannot continue to rely on hand-outs from wel-wishers but the Lukiiko members and Kabaka chiefs need to create other avenues of raising funds for development.
Already some people have expressed disapproval towards what they regard as the alms-seeking culture at Mengo.
To Mayiga’s relief, however, majority of people have continued to contribute handsomely to his fundraising initiative and there appear no donation fatigue in the near future.
However, the Katikkiro’s call for an enhanced budget only points to one reality that the fundraising as a source of funding for the kingdom’s development is unsustainable in the long-run the reason for Lukiiko to get into the enterprising mood.
Enquiry into Kasese deaths
Meanwhile, Mayiga used the same occasion to demand for a thorough and professional into the actual cause of the killings and raid on military barracks and police stations in Kasese and Bundibugyo which left over ninety people dead and others maimed.
Mayiga lectured diplomacy above use of force in settling disputes in the country, adding that respect for each other should also go a long way in avoiding problems such as those that happened in Kasese and Bundibugyo.
There have been calls from other kingdoms and the opposition as well as from some quarters in the security for a thorough investigation into the cause of the Kasese and Bundibugyo attacks.
Whereas President Museveni apportioned blame to his sleepy spies, DISOs, GISOs, PISOs and Rwenzururu King Wesley Mumbere, the demand for a thorough enquiry has remained.
For example, Mumbere blamed the attacks on the President for creating kingdoms within kingdoms with intention to weaken existing kingdoms which infuriated Bakonzo youths who picked up machetes and guns to protest the installation of Lt Kamya as the king of Bamba.
Some have blamed the security’s order to Mumbere never to step foot in Bundibugyo where he was born it being the kingdom’s headquarters for Lt Kamya. They see this as an infringement on Mumbere’s constitutional rights to move wherever he wants in Uganda.
It should be remembered that the same happened in Buganda in 2009 when youths rioted in protest to government’s Kayunga travel ban on Kabaka Mutebi.
Other observers have blamed the attacks on neglect of Kasese region by government which has contributed to the ruling NRM party show in national elections in the locality. There is also a feeling that Kasese is cheated when it comes to ministerial appointments with the evidence of only one Mukono minister Dr Crispus Kiyonga a good piece of evidence to drum the point home.
These and many other school of thoughts have been advanced by whoever chooses, it’s why a thorough investigation is perhaps need to be carried out to get to the bottom of the problem.
Problem is government has a notorious habit of commissioning commissions of enquiry whose findings never get publicized for the public to know what caused the problem in the first place. Such unpublicized commissions of enquiry results are much known to detain us here.
Edited by Robert Ndawula