Jude Mike Mudoma has
vowed to continue working at the cultural head of Inzu Ya Masaba whether or not
government gazettes him. Mudoma is one of the two people claiming the throne of
the Bamasaba cultural institution following his election by a faction of clan
heads under, Nelson Wedayira, the embattled speaker of Inzu Ya Masaba.
The other is John
Amram Wagabyalire, who was elected by the cultural council under the stewardship
of the deceased Umukuka II, Bob Mushikori. However, the Gender, Labor and
Social Development Ministry has declined to gazette the duo until the dispute
on the legitimate successor to Mushikori is resolved.
In his April 6, 2021
letter, the Gender, Labor and Social Development Minister, Frank Tumwebaze
asked the warring factions to exhaust all avenues to resolve the disputes as
provided for in the traditional or cultural leaders Act 2011 and present
evidence to his office that they have agreed one person.
came barely two weeks after a reconciliatory meeting chaired by the Cultural
Affairs State Minister, Peace Mutuuzo
resolved to gazette Mudoma drawing protests from Wagabyalire’s camp. However, Mudoma
says Tumwebaze has no choice but to gazette him as the new Bamasaba cultural
leader because he was rightly elected.
He told journalists in Senior
Quarters in Mbale City over the weekend that they started working from the day
of his election. Mudoma accused Wagabyalire’s camp of trying to force him out
after his successful election as the Bamasaba cultural leader.
He revealed that they
have already replied to the minister explaining that Wagabyalire was illegally
elected from resolutions in a meeting held in Kenya, which are invalid
according to the opinion of the Solicitor General.
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James Kangala, the Secretary-General of Mudoma’s faction, said that the most fundamental
aspect in Mudoma’s leadership is that Article 8.2 of Inzu Ya Masaba stipulates
that the Umukuka assumes office the very day he wins an election.
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Vincent Weboya, the Budadir East Member of Parliament, says that as leaders of
Bugisu they are concerned about the leadership
wrangles in the Inzu Ya Masaba. He says as MPs from Bugisu they plan to table a
motion in Parliament seeking an explanation from the government why it has failed
to gazette the legally elected Umukuka.
He wonders why Tumwebaze
rubbished resolutions from the reconciliation meeting chaired by his Junior
Minister. Peace Mutuuzo.
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Some top Bugisu
politicians like Energy Minister, Goretti Mary Kitutu have called for fresh polls to
resolve the leadership wrangles in Inzu Ya Masaba. She recently told mourners
in Bududa that she had brought the dispute to the attention of the president
and proposed fresh elections to resolve the wrangles.
Wagabyalire’s camp has
also backed calls for fresh elections to resolve the wrangles.