The Rt. Hon. Rebecca Kadaga, Speaker of the Parliament of Uganda is hailed for the role in the eventual election of a Kyabazinga of Busoga. It is on record that Kadaga was open to the concerned that they elect the Kyabazinga so that the put to halt the vacuum as a result of not having a substantive Kyabazinga for 6 years now since the death of the former Kyabazinga Wako Muloki in 2008.
Kadaga gives chiefs 30 days to pick Kyabazinga
By Abubaker Kirunda
Posted Thursday, July 31 2014 at 01:00
Posted Thursday, July 31 2014 at 01:00
Jinja- The Speaker of Parliament, Ms Rebecca Kadaga, has given the 11 hereditary chiefs of Busoga Kingdom a month to either elect a Kyabazinga or lose her support.
The chiefs constitute the electoral college that elects the cultural leader.
Speaking during a stakeholder’s meeting last Sunday at the kingdom headquarters in Bugembe aimed at solving the impasse, Ms Kadaga said the chiefs should never involve her in kingdom affairs again if they fail to present a Kyabazinga by August 27.
“Please royal chiefs, without any excuse, I want us to be back here on the 27th of next month when you are showing us a substantive Kyabazinga. This must be done without fail,” she said.
Ms Kadaga said she was tired of wasting her time and resources on an issue that seemed to have failed to reach a logical conclusion despite the fact that the Chiefs’ Council, from which a Kyabazinga is elected, is in place.
“We have had several meetings with the royal chiefs, but nothing ever comes to yield. I am tired. What I want now is a Kyabazinga elected,” she said.
The Speaker said she had on many occasions been used to lobby for funding from government and facilitate the resolution of the impasse that started following the death of Kyabazinga Henry Wako Muloki in September 2008, but those interventions have been futile due to endless bickering among the chiefs.
The stakeholders also agreed that singing of the Busoga anthem and adorning of traditional wear, gomesis and kanzus (tunics) be suspended until a substantive Kyabazinga has ascended the throne.
The acting chairperson of the Busoga Chiefs’ Council, chief Yasin Ntembe, who the public had earlier attempted to bar from making a speech, apologised for the mess that has plagued the kingdom for last six years.
Chief Ntembe said his colleagues had now buried the hatchet and are ready to elect a Kyabazinga.
Tight Security As New Kyabazinga Is Presented To Busoga Lukiiko
There was heightened security at Busoga kingdom headquarters in Bugembe as the William Gabula Nadiope IV; was unveiled to the Busoga Lukiiko as the substantive Kyabazinga.
Gabula was elected on Saturday by the Busoga clan chiefs bringing to an end wrangles that have marred the kingdom since the death of the Late Kyabazinga Henry Wako Muloki in September 2008.
Shortly after, the death of Muloki, some of the Kingdom loyalists rushed and enthroned his son Columbus Wako Wambuzi.
However, this drew angry reactions from several Busoga Kingdom loyalists who argued that the post of Kyabazinga was not hereditary.
They rejected Columbus and went ahead and enthroned Gabula, which lead to wrangles. Recently, the clan chief resolved to hold fresh elections, which ushered in Galua as the substantive Kyabazinga.
Gabula is due to be presented to the Busoga Lukiiko and his subjects this morning amidst tight police deployment.
Alex Twebaze, the Kiira Regional Police commander says they deployed to ensure law and order as Gabula is presented to the Busoga Lukiiko.
He says police will be in the high alert to ensure the function goes on as planned.
When URN visited the Busoga kingdom headquarters, several dignitaries from central government, members of the Busoga Lukiiko, Royal chief and elders from various parts of the Busoga had already arrived for the unveiling of the Kyabazinga.
By 10am, the Kyabazinga elect, Rebecca Kadaga, the speaker of parliament and 10 royals had also arrived for the function.
George Mutyabule, the speaker Busoga Lukiiko says Nadiope will be unveiled to the Busoga Lukiiko and the Basoga as the substantive Kyabazinga following his election on Saturday.
According to Mutyabule, shortly after his election Nadiope wrote an acceptance letter expressing his willingness to serve.