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Bunyoro King Tasks MPs To Push Gov't On Kingdom's Concerns

The Omukama of Bunyoro, Solomon Gafabusa Iguru has tasked members of parliament from the area to pressure government on the region’s concerns.
The Omukama of Bunyoro, Solomon Gafabusa Iguru has tasked members of parliament from the area to pressure government on the region’s concerns.

 

This was during a meeting the Omukama called to meet members of Bunyoro parliamentary caucus held at his Karuziika palace in Hoima town on Friday.

 

The Omukama noted that Bunyoro’s problems have dragged on simply because members of parliament and ministers from the land have not pressurized government.

 

Omukama Iguru said land in the kingdom has remained untitled and the natives in Kibaale continue to live as squatters on their ancestral land without titles.

 

He lamented about the poor schools, hospitals and the poor road infrastructure in the kingdom which he blames for the poor service delivery.

 

Iguru expressed concern that the Kyenjojo-Hoima-Masindi-Kigumba road has no tarmac to date. The king says it is a duty of members of parliament and ministers to keep reminding government on such pertinent matters.

 

Other matters of concern in the meeting was the lack of a designated kingdom share on its oil reserves, lack of a public university and the full return of the kingdom assets which MPs were tasked to push for.

 

The kingdom wants a share on the oil as enshrined in the 1933 and 1955 agreements, which stipulate that the kingdom shall always have a substantial share of royalties on its mineral resources.

 

The kingdom premier, Engineer Yabezi Kiiza chaired the meeting that was also attended by district leaders from the five Bunyoro Kitara districts.

 

Engineer Kiiza said the meeting had an objective of harmonizing working relations between the kingdom and the political leaders.

 

Ernest Kiiza, Masindi Municipality Member of Parliament and Chairperson Bunyoro parliamentary caucus pledged their commitment to pushing for Bunyoro’s wellbeing in their term of office.

 

Kiiza says the caucus would work jointly to push government on the systematic land demarcation in Bunyoro, upgrading of the Kyenjojo-Kigumba road, rehabilitation of major hospitals and the starting of the Bunyoro public university.

 

Bunyoro is among the few regions in the country without a public university and this has limited the levels of education in the region.

 

During the meeting, a number of committees were set up to look into the kingdom’s issues and recommend accordingly in a month's time.

 

The five member committees include that on health and education, infrastructure, land and natural resources.

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