Simon Wamakuyu Mudimi, the Chairperson of Bugisu parliamentary caucus who also doubles as the Elgon county MP in Bulambuli district, says that there is no need for fresh elections because everyone knows that Mudoma was validly elected Umukuka.
Some members of the Bugisu Parliamentary
caucus have rejected proposals for fresh elections of the Bamasaba cultural
This comes a few days after Manafwa
District Woman Member of Parliament who also doubles as the Energy and Mineral
Development Minister, Mary Goretti Kitutu told mourners that she had brought
the wrangles in Inzu Ya Masaba to the attention of the president and suggested
fresh polls for the Umukuka to end the dispute.
Currently, the Inzu Ya Masaba has two factions
allied to Mike Jude Modoma and John Amuram Wagabyalile. Simon Wamakuyu Mudimi, the
Chairperson of Bugisu parliamentary caucus who also doubles as the Elgon county
MP in Bulambuli district, says that there is no need for fresh
elections because everyone knows that Mudoma was validly elected Umukuka.
He says that the only thing the stakeholders including
politicians and religious leaders should do is to brief the Gender, Labor and
Culture Minister, Frank Tumwebaze about the
election of the warring parties.
Vicente Waboya, the Secretary Bugisu
parliamentary caucus and Budadiri East MP in Sironko district, says that
Kitutu might have proposed fresh polls out of the ignorance on how one ascends to
the office of the Umukuka. He says that the delays to gazette the cultural leader is costing the Bamasaba
in terms of development because Inzu Ya Masaba cannot function properly.
to Waboya, as the Bugisu Parliamentary Caucus, they have prepared a motion they
intend to present to parliament next week to seek an explanation on the delayed
gazetting of Mudoma as the Umukuka.
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However, Nathan Nandala Mafabi, the Budadiri
West MP has since distanced himself from the caucus position, saying the
dispute is political.
According to Nandala, Wabayalile has been painted as a sympathizer
of the opposition Forum for Democratic Change-FDC while Mudoma is connected to
the ruling National Resistance Movement-NRM, which has fueled the dispute.
However, Geoffrey Wepondi, the prime minister in
Inzu Ya Masaba under John Amuram Wanagabyalila has welcomed the minister’s
proposal for fresh polls to resolve the ongoing confusion.
He says since the
delegates who elected the two parallel leaders are still available there is no
reason why Mudoma’s camp should be worried about fresh polls.