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Tumukunde in Nakasongola to Diffuse Cultural Tensions

Gerald Kyanjo, the Buganda representative in Nakasongola district, says they want Tumukunde to stop Buruuli from provoking them, saying it can lead to violence. Samuel Kaweesi, the spokesperson of Buruuli Chiefdom, says they want Tumukunde to stop the reconstruction of the Kabakas palace if peace is to prevail.
The Minister of Security Lieutenant General Henry Tumukunde being welcomed at Nakasingola district headquarters
Security Minister, Lt. General Henry Tumukunde is in Nakasongola District to diffuse renewed tension between Buganda Kingdom and Buruuli Chiefdom loyalists. The tension escalated recently after unidentified people torched Kabaka's palace located at Nakasongola District recently.

 

Buganda loyalists led by Gerald Kyanjo, the Buganda representative in the area pointed accusing fingers at their Buruuli counterparts, saying they torched the palace with intentions of compelling Buganda to demolish it, since they have been pushing for its removal in vain.

 

The same palace was partially gutted by fire in August 2016. This afternoon, Security Minister, Lt. General Henry Tumukunde arrived in Nakasongola district to mediate between both parties. 

By the time of filing this story, the minister was still locked up in a meet with district, police and army officials led by the Resident District Commissioner, Dan Muganga to brief him on the tension between the two rival cultural institutions.

 

The Minister is expected to address Buganda loyalists who have convened at the land hosting the Kabaka's Palace at the district headquarters. The Buganda loyalists have already erected poles and fenced off two acre piece of land hosting the palace. 

He will later separately meet the Buruuli Cultural Leader Isabaruuli Mwogezi Butamanya and his chiefs at his palace at Kibira village in Nakasongola district with aim of diffusing the tension between both institutions. Gerald Kyanjo, the Buganda representative in Nakasongola district, says they want Tumukunde to stop Buruuli from provoking them, saying it can lead to violence.

Samuel Kaweesi, the spokesperson of Buruuli Chiefdom, says they want Tumukunde to stop the reconstruction of the Kabaka's palace if peace is to prevail. Kaweesi says the land where the palace stands belongs to Buruuli chiefdom in line with the memorandum of Understanding signed between Kabaka and President Yoweri Museveni. 

He says the presence of Kabaka's Palace at Nakasongola district headquarters, which is a stone away from the office of the Isabaruuli Mwogezi Butamanya is a sign of disrespect, provocation and aggression. Buruuli Chiefdom seceded from Buganda Kingdom in December 2004 despite the fact that Mengo still considers Buruuli as part of its territory.

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