Gabula elected new Kyabazinga
Prince William Nadiope Gabula IV from Bugabula County has again been elected as the new Kyabazinga of Busoga Kingdom. Prince Nadiope had earlier been elected as Kyabazinga on October 5, to replace Prince Edward Columbus Wambuzi who was elected on October 31 2008.
However, they were both rejected on technical grounds.
Prince Gabula was yesterday declared king following a referendum conducted by the kingdom clan heads from the 11 chiefdoms.
The referendum committee chaired by Hajji Rashid Kimera, a clan head from Bunhole County, used the 11 royal chiefs to ask their subjects who they wanted to be their Kyabazinga and 99 per cent endorsed Prince Nadiope.
While announcing the results, the spokesman of the clan heads, Hajji Abdullah Buyinza said out of the 11 counties only Bulamogi, from which Prince Edward Columbus Wambuzi comes, declined to endorse Prince Gabula as the substantive king of Busoga.
Hajj Buyinza who was releasing the results to over 150 clan heads at Bugembe youth centre on Wednesday, said the 10 royal chiefs accepted Gabula as Kyabazinga to end the protracted struggle over the throne.
The clan heads usurped mandate of directing the exercise following a let down by the 11 Busoga royal chiefs who would ordinarily be charged with the task of voting a new Kyabazinga, a thing that has fuelled disunity in the region.
The clan heads also unanimously agreed to have Gabula officially installed on February 11.
They resolved to choose three people from every county including the royal chief representing it to go and inform President Museveni about the new development.
Meeting with President
“Just as we did when the late Muloki was elected in 1995, I am taking a letter to State House tomorrow [Thursday] to make arrangements to meet the President about this, because he has been instrumental in mediating in the confusion over the Kyabazinga chair,” Hajj Buyinza said.
The chairman of the royal chiefs and acting Kyabazinga, Mr Daudi Kawunhe Wakooli said in a phone interview that he would go by the decision of the clan heads.
“ If my fellow chiefs together with the clan heads have chosen Gabula as the Kyabazinga then I will confirm him,’’ he said.