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    Museveni sent bishops to warn Kabaka Mutebi
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    Written by OBSERVER TEAM
    Wednesday, 30 September 2009
    The plot by some NRM politicians to abolish kingdoms was not hatched during the party’s caucus meeting on September 28.

    The threat was first issued by President Museveni during a meeting with two top religious leaders a day before riots broke out in Buganda, on September 10, protesting the blocking of Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi’s trip to Kayunga, a region constitutionally in his kingdom.

    That day, sources have told us, the President summoned the Catholic Archbishop of Kampala, Dr. Cyprian Lwanga, and the retired Anglican Archbishop, Livingstone Mpalanyi Nkoyooyo, for a meeting at State House during which he threatened to abolish kingdoms because to him, the Kabaka had overstepped his limits.

    The President told the clerics that he had decided to block the Kabaka’s visit to Kayunga because the monarch had snubbed his calls for a meeting for two years. The Kabaka was slated to preside over his kingdom’s annual Youth Day in Kayunga on September 12.

    Sources close to the two religious leaders have told The Observer that Museveni told them that he felt betrayed by the kingdom he helped restore in 1993, after monarchies were abolished in 1966.

    “It is you, religious leaders, who pestered me to restore these kingdoms. But you can see how His Highness the Kabaka is treating me. The Kabaka is going too far, you need to stop him. If you don’t stop him, we shall abolish these kingdoms,” Museveni is reported to have told the bishops.

    Nkoyooyo declined to comment when contacted, only saying that the meeting “was confidential.” Lwanga on the other hand, could not be reached by press time. The bishops, our sources say, left State House with a mission to persuade the Kabaka to accept to meet the President or forego his Kayunga trip.

    But it appears they either feared to face the Kabaka with such bad news or simply delayed to convey the message, making the President even more desperate. The President decided to handle the situation himself by placing one more phone call to the Kabaka on September 9.

    The Kabaka, who according to the President’s own account, had not answered his calls for two years, answered the call this time round. The two men, however, appear to have failed to agree because the President the next day deployed Police and the Army to block the Katikkiro, Eng. J.B. Walusimbi, from crossing Sezzibwa Bridge on his way to Kayunga. This sparked off riots, resulting in the death of an estimated 25 people. About 200 more were injured, and about 1,000 arrests were made.

    Clergy appeal

    Nkoyooyo told The Observer on Tuesday that dialogue between the Kabaka and the President would resolve the current stand-off. “Even in a family differences are resolved by discussions,” he said.

    Nkoyooyo added that one of the prominent Buganda kings, Muteesa I, assumed this name after he abandoned repression and embraced dialogue.
    “His name was Mukabya, but when he embraced dialogue, he was named Muteesa.”

    But Imam Idd Kasozi, Vice Chairman of the Uganda Muslim Youth Assembly, said Museveni should be hugely indebted to the people of Buganda because it is on their soil that he fought the war that brought him to power.
    “It is not the Kabaka who is asking Museveni to account. It is the people of Buganda,” he said in an interview. “When they remind him, he gets angry. A leader is not supposed to get angry.”


    The President’s Press Secretary, Joseph Tamale Mirundi, has told The Observer that the scheduled meeting of the two men is supposed to be highly confidential. He said its outcome will only become public with the implementation of the agreed positions.

    However, the meeting is likely to tackle the possible re-opening of CBS radio, with the President widely expected to either insist on its closure or seek firm concessions like the expulsion of radio presenters deemed anti-NRM. Discussions were also expected on the regional tier and the Land (Amendment) Bill 2007.

    Museveni was expected to ask the Kabaka to sack some of his vocal ministers who are critical of his government. However, the fear on President’s Museveni’s part, that the Kabaka sides with those seeking to remove him from state power, will continue to linger. And that is the root cause of the stand-off.



    Bwooba oyagala okutuuka ekibalo olina kusooka kugoberera nda giriro yaakyo kuba bwokifubutukira kikulema okutuuka
    Buli alinnya ekigere kye mu Buganda nga jjayo emmundu nga lowooza nti atuuse kuggana lye erya Baganda alunde era atte ,nga bwayagala ligatteko nokumwagala era bosanga balebeeta abatemu abatulugunya abantu nabo bamalirizza obutuliro tebasigazza mu Buganda.

    ‘Baana bange mukulike ttiyaggaasi’

    Sunday, 04 October 2009 12:51
    [Kabaka ng’abuuza ku bannamawulire mu Lubiri.]

    Kabaka ng’abuuza ku bannamawulire mu Lubiri.
    BANNAMAWULIRE nabo Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi bamwagala nga awava erinnyo.

    Gye buvuddeko, baamusisinkanye mu Lubiri ne bamusaba beekubiseemu naye ekifaananyi. Yakkirizza era olwamaze n’abasiibula nga bw’abasika mu mikono kyokka katono bamugwire nga balwana buli omu okumukwatako mu ngalo.

    Abaserikale abamukuuma baabadde babasindika kyokka bannamawulire ne babalemesa olw’essanyu.


    Awangale Omwagalwa waffe Ssaabasajja Magulunyondo Kabaka Muwenda Mutebi II. Alamule Obuganda ne Nabagereka agerekere Obuganda.

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