President, Yoweri Museveni has skipped the fourth coronation anniversary of Lt. Col Martin Ayongi Kamya, the Bwamba cultural leader. Museveni was expected to preside over Kamya's coronation anniversary celebrations held at Bundikahungu primary school play grounds on Wednesday.
The Bwamba County Member of Parliament, Richard Gafabusa told thousands of people who turned up for the coronation anniversary celebrations that he personally sent the invitation letter to president, Museveni for the event.
He wondered why the president decided to skip the event and didn't send a representative.
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He however, explained that despite delivering inviting the president to preside over the event as chief guest, he didn't receive confirmation from his office. "I have been making some follow ups with the president's permanent secretary up to the last two days before the function but he would only tell me that the president was busy and they couldn't delegate any other official," Gafabusa said.
He claimed that President, Museveni and the first lady has shied away from several events organised by the people of Bundibugyo without any clear explanation. He cited an example in April this year when they invited the first lady to preside over the first graduation ceremony of Hakitengya Community Polytechnic but she neither showed up nor delegated a representative.
Gafabusa also said the first lady was invited last year to award a trophy to Bundibugyo Primary Teacher's College after emerging overall best in the 2016 exams but she didn't show up and didn't send a representative.
Wilson Owenguko Mubulya, the Prime Minister of the Obudingya Bwa Bwamba, says they intend to engage the president and first lady to understand why they don't respond to their invitations.
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In his speech, the Bundibugyo Resident District Commissioner,
Godfrey Mbetegyerize urged that organisers of the events to follow the right procedures he didn't explain while writing to the president. URN was unable to independently verify on whether the president actually received the invitation and why he skipped the event and didn't delegate a representative.
Speaking at the event, Lt Col Martin Ayongi Kamya, the head of Obudingya Bwa Bwamba urged his subjects to engage in productive activities to fight poverty and famine. He also asked them to create savings and credit Cooperative- Saccos to enable him lobby for funding from government and other financial institutions.
Lt. Col Martin Ayongi Kamya was coroneted Bwamba cultural leader on May 30, 2014 at a function presided over by president, Museveni. The Bamba were part of Rwenzururu kingdom but decided to break away so as to preserve their cultural heritage.