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Busoga premier to skip swearing-in

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By ISAAC MUFUMBA & ABUBAKER KIRUNDA

Posted  Thursday, April 10  2014 at  17:57

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‘These people were just appointed by chiefs yet the constitution requires that the Prime Minister presides over the elections. So ‘we’ as elders who believe in the law resolved not to legitimise the function’
Mr Abdallah BuyinzaG, hereditary chiefs’ spokesman

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JINJA.

The prime minister of Busoga kingdom, Mr Wilson Muwereza and a section of clan heads, have resolved to boycott the swearing-in of the new Busoga Lukiiko (parliament) scheduled for tomorrow.

The boycott is premised on allegations that the elections of some of the members were marred by irregularities, which puts the process in disrepute.

The elections were held in 11 counties following a January 9 meeting of the chiefs of hereditary counties of Busoga.
The meeting chaired by the chief prince, Mr Daudi Kaunhe Wakooli, agreed to organise the elections to pave way for the reconstitution of the Lukiiko ahead of the planned election of a new Kyabazinga (king).
Busoga has not had a substantive Kyabazinga since the death of Henry Wako Muloki in 2008.

Mr Muwereza, who has always insisted that it is unconstitutional for the chiefs to organise the elections on April 1, wrote to the Jinja Resident District Commissioner, asking him not to allow the function to go on.
A section of clan heads led by the recently-elected chairman, Mr James Kawuta, have also come out against the planned swearing-in ceremony, claiming some members of the new Lukiiko were handpicked, contrary to the provisions of the kingdom’s constitution.

However, the spokesperson of the hereditary chiefs, Mr Juma Luba Munulo, said the function will proceed as planned with or without the boycott, adding there had been no illegality in the process of electing Lukiiko members.