Busoga Kingdom Wrangles: Chiefs Divided over Court Ruling

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In short
Last week, the High Court in Jinja through Assistant Registrar Twinomuhwezi Henry ruled that the kingdom needed to retain the leadership that was in charge over the last six years. The order implied that the acting Kyabazinga David Kaunhe Wakhooli and the newly sworn in Busoga Lukiiko should not assume office.

Busoga Kingdom is divided over an interim court order to maintain the embattled Busoga kingdom prime minster Wilson Muweereza and his colleagues at the Busoga Kingdom offices.
 
Last week, the High Court in Jinja through Assistant Registrar Twinomuhwezi Henry ruled that the kingdom needed to retain the leadership that was in charge over the last six years. The order implied that the acting Kyabazinga David Kaunhe Wakhooli and the newly sworn in Busoga Lukiiko should not assume office.

Wakhooli had assumed office on the advice made by President Yoweri Museveni last month. The advice 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.

His counterpart 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.

Now Samuel Nigoya, the Isabalangila of Bulamogi chiefdom says the president’s directive was unconstitutional and was therefore dismissed by the court.

His view is also held by Abdul Karim Kiranda the Kingdom permanent secretary who explains that Busoga Kingdom offices are not for any individual chief but for the Kyabazinga who has not been officially elected.  He adds that the acting Kyabazinga time in office constitutionally expired and as such Wakhooli Kaunhe cannot assume that responsibility as advised by the president.

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But Samuel Nkuutu a chief from Bugweri chiefdom says the court ruling is maintaining a very unpopular group at Busoga kingdom headquarters. He adds that the Wilson Muweereza team has mismanaged Busoga kingdom affairs and property and does not therefore need an extra day in office.

Chief Nkuutu says maintaining Busoga kingdom without a properties board and a cabinet jeopardizes key decisions.

Chief Yasin Waguma Ntembe of Butembe county says the decisions made right now for the leadership in Busoga kingdom will in future affect development projects.

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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.