Opposition MPs Shun Museveni-Buganda Caucus Meeting

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Some members of the Buganda Parliamentary Caucus are planning to shun an impromptu meeting called by President Yoweri Museveni this evening at State House Entebbe.

Some members of the Buganda Parliamentary Caucus are planning to shun an impromptu meeting called by President Yoweri Museveni this evening at State House Entebbe.

The legislators including one from the ruling NRM party say they will not attend the meeting and accused the president of failure to communicate formally. The agenda of the meeting remains unclear even to the MPs.

President Museveni on Tuesday reportedly made a phone call to the Buganda Caucus chairperson Godfrey Kiwanda who in turn informed the members.

Those who vowed not to attend the meeting include Mukono Municipality MP Betty Nambooze, Mohammed Nsereko for Kampala Central, Mathias Mpuuga of Masaka Municipality and Joseph Ssewungu for Kalungu West. The others are Luweero Woman MP Brenda Nabukenya, Lubaga South MP John Ken Lukyamuzi and Mukasa Fred Mbidde, a member of the East African Legislative Assembly.

They all contended that the communication was on short notice given that there was business to conduct during the plenary session on Wednesday afternoon.

Nambooze, who is also the Deputy Chairperson of Buganda Caucus, noted that President Museveni should have written a letter inviting the MPs to State House. She expressed shock that some MPs mainly from the ruling party wanted to represent the other legislators in the meeting without caucusing to harmonise issues to present to the president.

Nsereko noted that any meeting of politicians ought to have a clear agenda observing that if the president invited them for tea parties they would not attend.

Some of the unresolved issues between the Central government and the Buganda Kingdom include the 9000 square miles of land and the outstanding debt of about 27 billion shillings in ground rent. The Kingdom has also been advocating for the federal system of governance.