Wednesday May 21 2014

Basoga decry omission from list of cultural institutions

Former Jinja Municipality Mayor Joel Kafuko (holding Bible) swears in Busoga Lukiiko r

Former Jinja Municipality Mayor Joel Kafuko (holding Bible) swears in Busoga Lukiiko representatives for Butembe chiefdom at Bilkon Hotel in Jinja recently. Busoga continues to be bedevilled by succession wrangles. PHOTO BY DENIS EDEMA. 


JINJA- The prime minister of Busoga, Wilson Mutebe Muwereza, has criticised the ministry of Gender for omitting the kingdom from the list of gazetted cultural institutions.

In a May 6 declaration signed by the minister of Gender, Ms Mary Karooro Okurut, government recognised 13 cultural institutions including Obwa Kabaka bwa Buganda, Obukama bwa Bunyoro Kitara, Obukama Bwa Tooro, Ker Alur, Ker Kwaro Acholi, and Obwa Kamuswaga.

Others are Tieng Adhola chiefdom, Obukama Bwa Buruli, Iteso cultural union, and Obusinga bwa Rwenzururu, Obwa Ikumbania bwa Bugwere, Inzu ya Masaba and Obudgingiya bwa Bwamba.

Pursuant to that, government recognises Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II, Solomon Gafabusa Iguru, Nyimba Kabamba Iguru Rukidi, Ubimu Philip Olarker Rauni III, David Onen Acana II and Kamuswaga Apollo Sausa Kabumbuli II, as cultural leaders.

Others are Tieng Adhola and Constantine Butamenya Mwogezi Mwatyansozi I, Emorimori Papa Augustine Osuban Adugala, Charles Wesley Mumbere Iremanggoma, Bishop John Christom Weyabire, Umukuka, Uwelukosi, Weasa Wamimbi and Omudgingiya Martin Kamya Ayongi, as the cultural leaders.

Mr Muwereza told the Daily Monitor yesterday it was surprising that Busoga had been omitted, saying the reasons given for the omission were ‘flimsy’.

“Everyone knows that Busoga has a sitting Kyabazinga [Edward Columbus Wambuzi], but for reasons known to ministry of Gender, they deem it not fit to recognise him,” he said.

Nevertheless, he said, failure to gazette the Kyabazinga [Edward Columbus Wambuzi], was of little consequence given that government does not offer any meaningful support to the cultural institutions.

The kingdom is said to have been left out due to the ongoing wrangles that have kept the kingdom without a substantive Kyabazinga since the death of Henry Wako Muloki in 2008.


In a related development, the hearing of a petition prohibiting Prince Daudi Kawunhe Wakooli from referring to himself as acting Kyabazinga and presiding over matters of the Busoga kingdom was on Monday adjourned due to the absence of presiding judge [Justice] Patricia Byabasaijja.

The case will again come up for hearing on June 17.
The kingdom continues to walk a tight rope as efforts to replace the fallen Kyabazinga [Henry Wako Muloki] continue to fail with the most recent one being a blockade to swear in newly elected chiefs to preside over the election of a Kyabazinga.