There is confusion and misunderstanding at the Busoga kingdom headquarters
as royal chiefs and chiefdom representatives have failed to agree on who should
become Busoga Lukiiko’s speaker.
The kingdom’s royal parliament commonly referred to as
Lukiiko had convened for the swearing of new chiefdom representatives following
the elapse of their five year term in April this year.
The confirmed representatives embarked on the nomination
process together with royal chiefs who acted as overseers of the whole process.
Robert Ntuyo, a representative from Butembe chiefdom, and the
incumbent speaker, George Mutyabule who also represents Bugabula chiefdom were
nominated and the whole process was closed.
Ntuyo however opted out of the election claiming
that the kingdom’s constitution does not allow him to serve as both the royal attorney
general and speaker as well, living Mutyabule to run unopposed.
This however, did not go on well with the royal chiefs led
by the kingdom’s chief royal prince, Samuel Zirabamuzale, who wanted the nomination
process to resume arguing that the kingdom’s constitution is silent on the
matter, whereas the representatives rejected their plea.
Magaret Kulaba, the minster of gender and children affairs in
Butembe says that if kingdom’s constitution is silent on an issue concerning
governance or any form of electoral process, the royal chiefs should borrow a
leaf from Uganda’s constitution on electoral laws which indicates that once
nominations are closed, the status quo should be maintained.
//cue in: “baba…
Moses Kakete, another representative says that if the house
fails to maintain Mutyabule as the Lukiiko speaker after close of nominations,
he might end up seeking court redress which will be costly to the kingdom.
Kakete further urged fellow representatives to create strong
laws which can safeguard the sovereignty of the kingdom.
//cue in: “Busoga tukoye…
Cue out…okuma Busoga,”.
However, Zirabamuzale adjourned the Lukiiko sitting indefinitely
claiming that, the representatives needed more time and more consultations
before electing their speaker.