Bunyoro Kitara king Solomon Gafabusa Iguru has disagreed with his prime minister, Engineer Yabezi Kiiza over the sacking of the kingdom’s culture minister, John Olimi Nyabongo.
On August 27th, the premier relieved Nyabongo of his duties as minister of culture and Chairman Bunyoro Kitara cultural center coordination committee with immediate effect.
The prime minister announced Nyabongo’s sacking on Thursday morning during a press conference in his office.
In his August 27th letter, Kiiza accuses Nyabongo of insubordination and disrespect of his office.
He claims that as chairman of the cultural center coordination committee, Nyabongo has worked without knowledge of the prime minister as his immediate boss.
Kiiza says he had discussed Nyabongo’s continued misconduct with the king and that he had assented to the sacking.
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However, in a dramatic turn of events the Omukama on September 1st wrote a letter staying the culture minister’s sacking.
In his letter, the Omukama Gafabusa Iguru argues that he had stayed the sacking pending a legal opinion by the kingdom attorney general, Ham Mugenyi.
The Omukama also says he has instructed the kingdom’s finance minister to review the finances of the cultural center where Nyabongo is the committee chairman and advise on the committee’s accountability to date.
He maintains that Olimi Nyabongo remains minister for culture, palace affairs and protocol and also chairman cultural center coordination committee, pending advice from the finance minister and the attorney general.
Meanwhile Nyabongo denies any claims of insubordination as alleged by the prime minister saying he has involved him in every step as regards construction of the cultural center.
Nyabongo claims he does not rule out the prime minister having a personal problem with him and describes attempts to sack him as unfortunate.
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Nyabongo was appointed minister by the Omukama mid last year.
Moses Nyakoojo, a kingdom elder commented on the issue, noting that the continuous sacking of the kingdom officials deters its development. Since the kingdom was restored 17 years ago it has had close to ten prime ministers and several ministers sacked.
Nyakoojo hails Nyabongo for spearheading the construction of a cultural center which he says is a vital project for the kingdom.
Bunyoro kingdom has started construction of a magnificent cultural center estimated to cost over 10 billion shillings.
Work is in its initial stages with the construction of a perimeter wall at the proposed project site just opposite the Omukama’s palace in Hoima town.
Engineer Kiiza declined to comment saying he had not received the Omukama’s letter staying Nyabongo’s sacking.