Busoga Lukiiko Rejects Kyabazinga Appointment Top story

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The Lukiiko, the legislative arm of the Kingdom contends that the appointment generated major controversies in relation to constitutional provision that bar traditional leaders from participating in partisan politics.

Busoga Kingdom Lukiiko has advised Kyabazinga William Gabula Nadiope to reject his recent appointment as the Ambassador in Charge of Special Duties, under the office of the President.

Gabula, who was installed 'The Kyabazinga' in 2014 after a six year protracted struggle on the rightful heir to the throne, featured on the list of appointees released by statehouse last week, causing fury among kingdom subjects.

The Lukiiko, the legislative arm of the Kingdom contends that the appointment generated major controversies in relation to constitutional provision that bar traditional leaders from participating in partisan politics. They add that the appointment presents a broad range of implications of what such an appointment will have on the institution of Obwa Kyabazinga in future.

Busoga Lukiiko speaker George Wanume Mutyabule says that after a series of lengthy and exhaustive consultations, it has been agreed that the appointment is not in consonance with the norms, values and culture in regard to the office of Kyabazinga. He adds that it is not appropriate for the Kyabazinga to accept the appointment.

The decision comes just a day after Clan Leaders in Busoga raised similar sentiments on the appointment saying that it was likely to cause disharmony in the Kingdom.

Reflecting on the Kingdom constitution, the National Constitution and the Traditional and Cultural Leaders Act, these deduced that it was not reasonable for the Kyabazinga to be placed in a position where he might be required to take instructions, other than those of the Royal Chiefs Council, The Clan Leaders Court and Busoga Lukiiko.

"The appointment is inconsistent with the constitution, which bars cultural leaders from engaging in partisan politics, have or exercise any administrative, legislative or executive powers of government or Local Government," they observed in a letter signed by Keith Mutengu, the chairperson of the Clan Leaders Council and Samuel Kiirya, their Secretary.

 "In the circumstances and best interest of Obwa Kyabazinga Bwa Busoga, the Busoga Clan Leaders are duly bound to advise the withholding of this appointment," they said but hastened to add that the president may from time to time consult with Isebantu on such matters as both may deem appropriate.