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The letter came a few days after King Iguru reshuffled his cabinet on October 20th, 2018, almost ten months after he dissolved the old cabinet. In the reshuffle, the Omukama retained Andrew Kirungi Byakutaga as the substantive Prime Minister and minister in charge oil and gas.
06 Nov 2018 11:46
Omukama Iguru flanked by the Omugo during the 24th Empango Coronation Anniversary at the Kingdom palace in Hoima .

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Bunyoro Kingdom has dismissed a letter doing rounds on social media barring the newly appointed Kingdom cabinet members from assuming office.  The October 24th letter was purportedly authored by the Omukama of Bunyoro, Gafabusa Kabamba Iguru disowning the newly appointed kingdom cabinet ministers.

The letter came a few days after King Iguru reshuffled his cabinet on October 20th, 2018, almost ten months after he dissolved the old cabinet. In the reshuffle, the Omukama retained Andrew Kirungi Byakutaga as the substantive Prime Minister and minister in charge oil and gas.

He also appointed Mutiti Nyendwoha as first deputy Prime Minister, Prince Apollo Rwamparo, second prime minister and minister for tourism, while Steven Besisira is third deputy Prime Minister. He also appointed Edgar Agaba as the Kingdom Attorney general, Robert Owangonza, Finance Minister, Dinah Kasangaki Minister for Gender and Jackson Byaruhanga as Minister of Natural Resources among others.

However, October 24th, unidentified person released a letter purportedly authored by the King disowning the appointments. The contested letter, which is addressed to the Gender, Labor and Social Development Minister, carries the signature, stamp and seal of the Omukama.

It describes the appointment of the new Kingdom cabinet, representatives to Kingdom parliament and other boards as fake, null and void. However, Francis Mugerwa, the Special Assistant in the office of the Bunyoro Kingdom Prime Minister in-Charge of Communication has dismissed the letter as fake.

In his November 4th, 2018 letter, Mugerwa says Omukama's official seal, stamp and other documents were stolen by unknown people. He says the letter was issued by desperate individuals who have no respect for the king and are only interested in disrupting the progress of the Kingdom.

He advised the newly appointed cabinet members to remain calm, saying the Kingdom officials will announce their position on the fake letter later today. Andrew Byakutaga, the Bunyoro Kingdom Prime Minister confirmed that the purported letter of the king is a forgery.

He urged the kingdom subjects to remain calm, saying security has started investigating the source of the letter. He says soon the culprits will be arrested and exposed before the public for allegedly disrespecting the king.

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