Friday January 8 2016

Busoga pushes vote for pro-kingdom politicians

Independent Presidential candidate Amama Mbabazi

Independent Presidential candidate Amama Mbabazi greets the Kyabazinga William Wilberforce Kadhumbula Nadiope Gabula IV. File Photo 

By Abubaker Kirunda


Busoga Kingdom has called on people in Busoga sub-region not to vote for any politician who is opposed to the institution of the Kyabazinga and its leader William Wilberforce Kadhumbula Nadiope Gabula IV.
“The election of politicians loyal to the institution of Kyabazinga should be a key issue for consideration by the Basoga as they participate in the general election,” the kingdom’s spokesperson, Mr Andrew Ntange, told Daily Monitor in an interview on Tuesday morning.
Mr Ntange said the Kyabazinga believes that the election of such supportive politicians will lead to harmony and spur development in Busoga sub-region.

Divided support
His comments come amid talk in Busoga that the kingdom’s leadership is torn between supporting presidential candidate Yoweri Museveni and independent candidate John Patrick Amama Mbabazi of the Go Forward pressure group.
President Museveni has been supportive of Kyabazinga Gabula IV since he was elected unopposed by 10 of the 11 hereditary chiefs and was endorsed by the Busoga Lukiiko on August 25, 2014.

Enter Mbabazi
Independent candidate Amama Mbabaz showed up at the Busoga Kingdom headquarters in Bugembe on December, 5 2015, during celebrations to mark the first anniversary of his enthronement.
His appearance was interpreted by many to be an indicator that the kingdom was gravitating away from Mr Museveni, an assertion that kingdom spokesperson Andrew Ntange declined to comment about.