Lady justice Jeanne Rwakakooko, Judge of the Jinja High Court, on Friday confirmed that, His Royal Highness Gabula Nadiope IV, was legally elected as
the rightful king of Busoga.
HRH Columbus Wambuzi filed a petition before the Jinja high
court in 2014, challenging the election of Gabula, stressing that rightful
procedures were never adhered too by the royal chiefs who presided over his
enthronement as the king of Busoga.
Wambuzi further argued that the same royal chiefs who elected
Gabula as the king of Busoga in 2014, had elected him earlier on in 2008, making
their decisions null and void.
Rwakakooko however, dismissed the petition with costs, directing the
plaintiffs to pay all the defendants’ expenditures spent throughout the seven year court
In her judgement read by Jinja high court’s deputy
registrar, Fred Waninda, before both the defendants’ and plaintiffs’ lawyers,
Rwakakooko stressed that only seven chiefs participated in the election of
Wambuzi, contrary to Busoga’s constitution, which warrants a quorum of eight
royal chiefs out of the 11 chiefs to participate in such electoral processes, making his
She notes that the king’s throne had been rendered vacant since
Busoga kingdom’s constitutional provisions in regards to elections were never adhered
too, creating room for eligible royal chiefs to contest for the same position.
stated that Gabula was in 2014 elected in the presence of 10 royal chiefs,
making him the legally recognized king, since he was elected with the recommended
Wambuzi’s lawyer, Daniel Lubogo says that, court did not
expedite all the remedies prayed for in the petition, adding that, he will hold
consultations with his client before conclusively resolving on their next
course of action.
//cue in: “the question of…//
Cue out…not their kyabazinga,”//
Meanwhile, Gabula’s lawyer, Alex Luganda preached unity, arguing that, today’s court pronunciation should foster room
for the two parties to have a mutual reconciliatory ground, which will help
them to iron out their differences.