Police on Tuesday ordered the cancellation of a meeting that the prime minister of Buganda, Mr Charles Peter Mayiga, had been scheduled to hold with Busoga officials at the kingdom’s headquarters in Bugembe.
According to a programme that was drawn up last week, Mr Mayiga was meant to meet the Busoga premier, Mr Wilson Muwereza, and clan heads prior to proceeding to Kakira Sugar Works and Iganga Town from where he commenced the Busoga leg of his fundraising drive for the reconstruction of the Kasubi Tombs.
The spokesperson of the Busoga clan heads, Hajj Abdallah Buyinza, told the Daily Monitor that the letter cancelling the meeting was delivered by the officer in charge of Jinja Central Police Station, Mr Felix Mugizi.
“We were ready to meet the Katikkiro [Buganda premier], but Mr Mugizi stopped us, saying he was working on the orders of the regional police commander,” Hajj Buyinza said.
Kiira Regional Police commander Alex Twebaze confirmed that they blocked the meeting.
“We had received a programme about his tour of Busoga, but that programme of visiting the Busoga Kingdom headquarters had not been included. So when we learnt of it as a by the way, we had to stop it,” he said on Tuesday evening.
The power struggle between the Busoga Kingdom prime minister and hereditary chiefs recently escalated, prompting President Museveni’s intervention.
The President met the hereditary chiefs, the newly-elected members of Busoga parliament and clan leaders at State House Entebbe last week.
Busoga has had no substantive Kyabazinga since the death of Henry Wako Muloki in September 2008.
Mr Peter Mayiga’s fundraising initiative ended at the Busoga Square in Jinja on Wednesday where it was announced that Shs60 million had been collected from the region, with Shs20.8 million having been collected from Iganga.