JINJA. The Busoga Council of Chiefs and the Busoga Lukiiko (parliament) have denounced the appointment of the kingdom’s prime minister.Both the council and Lukiiko say acting Kyabazinga (king) Daudi Kawunhe Wakooli appointed Fred Mukisa without consulting them.
On July 15, Chief Prince Wakooli announced a 17-member cabinet headed by Mr Mukisa as the prime minister. Mr Mukisa is former State minister for Fisheries in the NRM government. Mr Wilbur Bukonko was named the deputy prime minister and Mr Gideon Lubaale the second deputy premier.The new cabinet replaced that of Mr Wilson Mutebe Muwereza who government recently ordered to hand over the crown and kingdom properties. Mr Kawunhe asked his new cabinet to preside over a process that will give Busoga a new substantive and acceptable Kyabazinga.
Busoga has not had a substantive king since the death of former Kyabazinga Henry Wako Muloki in September 2008.
However, sections of the Hereditary Chiefs Council, who constitute the electoral college that elects the Kyabazinga and the Lukiiko, have denounced the new cabinet, saying the appointment was irregular.hief Yasin Waguma Ntembe of Butembe and the speaker of the Lukiiko, Mr George Mutyabule, convened a meeting at the kingdom headquarters in Bugembe on Tuesday and accused the acting Kyabazinga of overstepping his mandate and violating the kingdom’s constitution.Mr Mutyabule said Mr Kawunhe was supposed to have forwarded the names of the proposed cabinet members to both the Chiefs Council and the Lukiiko for approval.
During the Tuesday meeting, the chiefs resolved to summon Mr Kawunhe to appear before a disciplinary committee on July 30. However, Mr Kawunhe said he consulted both organs of the kingdom. “I will definitely face them. They were fully consulted. I wonder why they are turning around to say they weren’t.”
SOURCE: Daily Monitor