Gov’t Yet to Gazette Bunyole Cultural Leader

Wesana, a professor of Linguistics at Kabale University was elected the first cultural leader of the Banyole cultural institution in September 2019.
LCV Chairperson Higenyi Micheal while handing over the office to cultural leaders recently

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The government is yet to gazette Professor Elly Chomi Wesana as the Bunyole Cultural leader.

Wesana, a professor of Linguistics at Kabale University was elected the first cultural leader of the Banyole cultural institution in September 2019.   Wesana, from the Bahidolwa clan, garnered 91 votes to beat his sole challenger Benedict Muyagu of the Balwa clan who secured 45 votes. 

The formation of the Banyole cultural institution started way back in 2009 but was actualized in 2017 when the council of elders decided to have one leader from among themselves.  A steering committee was put in place to conduct consultations with the clan heads and later formed a constitution which was approved in 2018.

However, 78-year-old Wesana is yet to start his duties as a cultural leader citing non- gazettement by the Ministry of Gender and Cultural affairs.     

The institution has since been divided into two factions one subscribing to the elected Chomi and another that pays allegiance to Martin Hayinja, who was first elected the cultural leader but rejected by a section of clan leaders.      

Apollo Lyada, who was appointed the Prime Minister of the institution, questions the delays to gazette their leader.  He explains that the institution submitted all the required documents to the Ministry of Gender but they are yet to receive a response.

 According to Lyada, the delay has undermined development and created disunity.

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But Abdul Zakaria Gesa, the Chairperson of Royal Clans in Bunyole says that they want the process of electing the cultural leader started afresh. He claims that the election of Wesana was irregular.

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The Butaleja District Speaker Yunus Hamira says that the old council passed a resolution for the establishment of the cultural institution even before Wesana was elected.

Hamira says that the conflicts between the two factions have undermined the institution especially the clan heads and the community members who don’t subscribe to Wesana’s leadership and have decided to shy away from the activities of the institution. 

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The Ministry of Gender Spokesperson Frank Mugabi says that the Ministry is ready to gazette Wesana, but they are yet to receive another letter of verification from the Ministry of Local Government. The ministry is supposed to issue a letter of no objection from the local governments which lie within the district under the cultural institution. 

According to Mugabi, they wrote to the local government ministry in July 2020 but they are yet to respond. 

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