The Speaker of Parliament, Ms Rebecca Kadaga has termed as “fake” anyone claiming the throne of Busoga, less than two weeks after the election of Prince William Nadiope Gabula IV as the new Kyabazinga of Busoga.
On August 23, 10 members of the Busoga Royal Chiefs Council voted Prince Gabula unopposed as the new Kyabazinga of Busoga and four days after, the Busoga Lukiiko endorsed him to the throne.
However, barely a week after prince Gabula’s installation as Kyabazinga of Busoga, Prince Edward Columbus Wambuzi threatened to snatch the throne.
The Chief Prince of Busoga, Daudi Kaunhe Wakooli, who also doubles as the Chairman of the Busoga Royal Chiefs’ Council, handed over to him (Wambuzi) instruments of power which included a shield, a spear and a drum to Prince Wambuzi, claiming he is the rightful King.
However, Ms Kadaga, in a brief interview with journalists at Parliament on Monday, insisted that Prince Gabula was duly endorsed by the majority and should be respected.
“Once you are gazetted, you cannot gazette more than one person. Where was Wambuzi elected as the Kyabazinga? You know when you are sworn in as an MP, you do it in Parliament not on the street. There is only one recognised Kyabazinga,” she emphasized.
She added: “Prince Nadiope was duly elected and endorsed by the Busoga Lukiiko. If your name is on the government gazette, it is done. Whoever was sworn in elsewhere is a fake”.
Wambuzi who had earlier been controversially elected the Kyabazinga of Busoga in 2008 but barred from taking office despite being absolved by the courts of any wrong doing during the elections, insists that the events of last month are machinations aimed at robbing him of a seat that is rightfully his.
He has vowed to storm the Busoga Kingdom offices in Bugembe and take possession of the offices and throne.
Some sections of the Busoga community have accused Ms Kadaga of interfering in the process, after she issued a 30-day ultimatum to the chiefs in July to elect a Kyabazinga.
SOURCE: Daily Monitor