Friday April 25 2014

Mengo has stake in Nakasongola - AG

By Dan Wandera

Attorney General Peter Nyombi has told Buruli officials that Buganda maintains a representative in the chiefdom because the kingdom has a stake in the area.

Buruli officials had descried the presence of Mengo officials as provocative. The Kabaka in January appointed a new chief (Kimbugwe) for Buruli county.
However, Mr Nyombi observed that his scrutiny of the Constitution; Restitution of Assets and properties Act (Chapter 247), the 1967 Constitution, The Institution of Traditional or Cultural leaders Act, 2011 and the Memorandum of Understanding signed between the central government and Buganda showed Mengo did not err.

“In my view therefore, the appointment of a Kimbugwe (chief) alone cannot be said to be provocation by Mengo. However, the chief is not expected to wield administrative or political jurisdiction in the district,” Mr Nyombi said.
“His (Kimbugwe) role is purely cultural and relevant to those who pay allegiance to the Kabaka. Similarly, the role of the Isabaruli is cultural and can only be relevant to those who believe in him,” he told the meeting.
Mr Nyombi was addressing a consultative meeting called by Nakasongola Resident District Commissioner Mr Swaibu Lubega Wagwa at Nakasongola District headquarters, on April 16.

The Attorney General cautioned Buruli chiefdom officials against threatening violence using letters they claim give them a right to preserve their cultural identity.
He explained that the First Schedule of the Constitution lists the districts of Buganda as; Kalangala, Kayunga, Kiboga, Luweero, Masaka, Mityana, Mpigi, Mubende, Mukono, Nakaseke, Nakasongola, Rakai, Sembabule, and Wakiso.

The AG also advised that although there is no law that bars the Kabaka or his agents from visiting any part of the country, they can, out of courtesy, inform the leadership of Nakasongola District including the Isabaruli about a visit by any of the officials.

Recently a group of Baruli youths armed with bows and arrows stormed Nakasongola District headquarters protesting the appointment of the Kabaka’s representative in Buruli.