Faced with pressure from Busoga kingdom, the Jinja district Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), Hope Olive Nakyanzi has apologised for “demeaning the cultural institution.”
In a letter dated November 6 and addressed to the speaker of Busoga Lukiiko, George Mutyabule, Nakyanzi says she regrets the inconveniences caused to the kingdom by statements she made during a recent council meeting.
“With all due respect and honour, I hereby apologise for the statements that are continuously occurring in both electronic and print media describing the CAO-Jinja as someone who disrespects and disregards Obwa Kyabazinga bwa Busoga,” reads Nakyanzi’s apology.
The CAO angered Busoga kingdom officials when she was reported to have rubbished a letter they wrote telling Jinja district local government not to relocate its headquarters to kingdom-owned land in Kagoma. Officials gave her an ultimatum to apologise or they would push for for her transfer from Jinja.
In her apology, the CAO pledged to pay allegiance to the kingdom, which she described as a prime cultural institution for service delivery in Jinja district. In a November 18 interview with The Observer, Mutyabule confirmed having received the apology but said it was up to the Lukiiko to decide whether to accept it and forgive the CAO.
“I cannot pre-empt the Lukiiko resolution but, in my own view, it is okay to take her apology,” he said.
Mutyabule said the Lukiiko would receive the apology and make its decision during a November 28 sitting.
Source : The Observer