Bunyoro Leaders Attack Museveni over Distribution of Power as Kamuswaga Shines at His Ancestral Home

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HRM Solomon Gafabusha with the Bunyoro Queen Omugo Margret Adyeri Karunga

HOIMA, Masindi: Members of Parliament for the Bunyoro-Kitara kingdom and the cultural leaders in the area have attacked the President of Uganda Yoweri Kaguta Museveni for what they termed poor division of power in the Ugandan government, accusing him of biasness against them.

These were led by the Buyaga East Member of Parliament, Bernabus Tinkasiimire and the Finance Minister Hon. Matia Kasaija. This was yesterday Sunday at the 23rd Coronation (Empango) celebrations of HRM Rukirabashaija Agutamba Solomon Gafabusha Iguru Rukidi I which took place at the Royal palace of the Kingdom in Hoima district.

The Kamuswaga (M) and his ministers Haruna Mwanje (L) and Fahad Lugobe (R) arriving at the function

The legislators vowed to oppose Museveni and support his rivals if at all he continues being silent when it comes to selecting the Banyoro into Ministerial and other important government positions.

Among other reasons giving the Banyoro severe headache was Museveni denying them regional tear for which they have requested several times. According to Tinkasiimire, the President should focus on areas that give him maximum support during elections other than siding with his bitter rival areas that don’t need him in power.

“We have supported Museveni for some good time but we shall not allow being blindfolded”, he said. Among the several cultural heads at the function was the Kamuswaga of Kooki who was given a warm welcome by his ancestors.

Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda reading the President’s speech

Apollo Ishansha Kabumbuli II Rwampanja left many people in an amazing mood as they stared at his Verifier monster car which looked strange before many people.

The Bunyoro Prime Minister Bernard Tunguka said “the Omukama of Kooki is a true grandson in our Kingdom and we would love to collaborate with his people despite the conflicts that our ancestors had with them”.

According to history, Kooki was initiated by one of the sons of Bunyoro King, Bwowe over 200 years ago. He also had the title of Omukama but later it changed to Kamuswaga before the strong Kooki King, Kezekia Ndawula Kamuswaga II.

Other guests included the ISabaruuli, the ISabanyara, Ankole’s Prime Minister George William Katatumba, and Owek. Ssendawula the Deputy Premier of Buganda Kingdom, among others.

Tunguka also urged the National Forest Authority (NFA) to stay away from the forests of Bugoma and Budongo which are believed to be cultural according to history.

MP Tinkasiimire airing out the demands

The National Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda, who had officiated at the function on behalf of the President Museveni urged the Omukama to be cooperative with other ethnic groups as a way of achieving successful goals.

Minister Matia Kasaija blamed the elders and some of the Cultural heads in the Kingdom for failing to instill cultural morals and norms into the young generation. He was challenging a dance that had been performed by some of the children at the function.

“I wonder the type of dance my grandchildren are performing. This is a new dance that has been mixed with the Western Culture, which I assume should be corrected by the elders”, said the Minister.

He also urged the Omukama to start arranging such activities in different parts of the Kingdom so that his people get to know him. He added that there are several loyal subjects who wish to see and know their King.

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