Kasese Attacks – MPs Want Law On Kings Reviewed

Two days after gangs attacked three districts in western Uganda, President Museveni told ruling party MPs that “the chauvinistic attitude of traditional leaders is unacceptable and must stop”, The Observer has learnt.

Speaking to the NRM MPs caucus at State House Entebbe on Monday, Museveni, dwelt on attacks on government institutions, which left a reported 90 people dead. In his public statement released the next day, Museveni accused traditional leaders in the affected districts of having had a hand in organising the attacks.

MPs who attended the caucus meeting, told The Observer that the relatively “tough-looking” Museveni took the caucus through the historical background of the cultural leadership in the Rwenzori sub-region, and did not allow anyone to speak after him.

The meeting had primarily been convened to harmonise the MPs’ position on the Public- Private Partnership bill, which is before Parliament. But the president prioritised discussion on the unrest in Kasese, Ntoroko and Bundibugyo districts. Meanwhile, MPs from Rwenzori sub-region used the caucus meeting to urge government to resolve all pending thorny issues in Rwenzori region, particularly land wrangles.

The MPs, according to Kasese Municipality MP James Mbahimba (NRM), also want Article “246 of the Constitution to be reviewed to redefine who a cultural leader is and what are the boundaries of his kingdom.”

Source : The Observer

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