Busoga Royal Chiefs Push for Decentralisation of Powers

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Izimba wants government to pay them a monthly stipend, construct for them royal palaces, provide them with security and transport means.

Busoga royal chiefs are pushing for the decentralization of powers so as to improve service delivery to their subjects and perseveration of culture. There are eleven royal chiefs in Busoga kingdom. The royal chiefs form a council, which elects the Kyabazinga on a rotational basis.
 
Article 17 (C) of the 2000 Busoga constitution recognizes royal chiefs but it is silent on how they should be remunerated.  Article 17, (A) requires the Kyabazinga to make decisions in consultation with the royal chiefs council. The royal chiefs claim that, they agreed to work under the leadership of the Kyabazinga in exchange for developmental programs but nothing is forthcoming.
 
Prince Patrick Izimba Gologolo, the Royal chief of Kigulu chiefdom says Busoga kingdom is unique because it is made up of 11 chiefdoms. Izimba explains that, each chief has a particular role to play and also act as a link with the kingdom. He says that in order to operationalize cultural institutions as provided for under article 246 of the 1995 Uganda constitution, they royal chiefs must be empowered and facilitated independently to carry out their work.
 
Izimba wants government to pay them a monthly stipend, construct for them royal palaces, provide them with security and transport means. Yasin Waguma Ntembe, the chief of Butembe chiefdom says they should be recognized just like other chiefs in the country.
 
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The royal chiefs believe that decentralization will bring services to the people, wealth creation and cultural attachment to the kingdom.  The demand by the royal chiefs comes a few months following the coronation of William Gabula Nadiope IV as the substantive Kyabazinga of Busoga Kingdom.
 
Gabula was coronated on September 13th 2014 amidst protests from Columbus Wambuzi, the royal chief of Bulamogi chiefdom and his Bukhooli counterpart Daudi Kaunhe Wakhooli. The duo is pushing for the establishment of autonomous chiefdoms.
 
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 But Chief Yasin Waguma Ntembe says the recognition of the chiefs and chiefdoms must not contradict the existence of the Kyabazinga and the institution of Busoga kingdom.


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Leuben Lufafa, the Busoga Kingdom interim committee Vice Chairperson asks the royal chiefs to look at things that will unify the subjects of the kingdom after six years of disputes.