August 26, 2013

Buganda MPs Clash Over M7 Apology

Godfrey Kiwanda, the Buganda parliamentary Caucus chairperson has clashed with Betty Nambooze, the Mukono Municipality MP over the former’s decision to apologize to President Yoweri Museveni after he was booed during Kabaka Mutebi’s 20th coronation anniversary celebrations.

On 3rd August, Buganda Kingdom celebrated the 20th coronation anniversary of Kabaka Mutebi. President Yoweri Museveni turned up as a guest during the cerebrations held at Mengo palace, the Lubiri.

A day before the coronation, President Museveni and the Kabaka signed a Memorandum Of Understanding on the return of the Buganda Kingdom Assets in the possession of the central government.

MP Godfrey Kiwanda addresses the press at parliament on Monday.
MP Godfrey Kiwanda addresses the press at parliament on Monday.

However, during his address to the gathering in which he announced the return of Buganda Kingdom property, Museveni was booed down.

On Monday afternoon, Kiwanda, the Mityana North MP said it was indiscipline for the youth to boo the President who was invited by the Kabaka to the ceremony. He apologized to President Museveni for the way he was treated and appealed to the Buganda youth to be tolerant and asked them to apologize to the President.

On behalf of the Caucus, Kiwanda thanked Museveni for returning some of the Kingdom property saying they will move a motion on the floor of parliament this week thanking him for the gesture.

He said that the return of these properties like the Masaaza headquarters was a good development and reduced the political tension between the government and Mengo saying it will ensure stability in the country.

MP Betty Nambooze addresses journalists at parliament on Monday.
MP Betty Nambooze addresses journalists at parliament on Monday.

When asked why he is coming out now when Museveni was booed almost a month back, Kiwanda said that by apologizing, the Kingdom is not under pressure but said it was the right thing to do and that it shouldn’t go unnoticed.

On the information that the Memorandum of Understanding signed between government and Buganda suggests that the kingdom acknowledged that some of its parts can secede since the Kabaka agreed to respect other cultures within his Kingdom, Kiwanda said Buganda is not a tribe and that the Banyala and Baluli were around and that the rift between Buganda and Banyala can be bridged off through mutual respect.

However, Betty Nambooze said Kiwanda as an MP has a right to address the press on any matter but not on the position of the caucus. She said that they have not had any executive meeting on the matters raised by Kiwanda adding that most of the members of the caucus were not aware of Monday’s press briefing.

Nambooze says the youth were in order to boo the president saying that it is done in democratic societies. She adds that they could have even pelted him with rotten tomatoes.

Nambooze said as a caucus they have no obligation to apologize on behalf of the organizers of the coronation function where they also appeared as guests.

Nambooze noted that Kiwanda had committed treason by saying that Bululi and Bunyara can be given autonomy. She explained that Kiwanda cannot propose autonomy for people who rebelled against the Kingdom and that they are artificial creations of the central government. She added that the Prime Minister of Buganda refused to give MPs a copy of the MOU probably for fear that it could be politicized.

Nambooze said that they cannot start discussing an MOU that is not in their reach because they do not know its details. She claimed Kiwanda could be acting on external influence saying they are scheduled to hold an executive meeting and task him to explain why he went to the press without the knowledge of the caucus. She noted that Kiwanda must answer for his actions because he has abused his powers, which they will not allow.

Nambooze added that they are better off keeping quiet about the MOU since none of them can claim to know its contents.

13 thoughts on “Buganda MPs Clash Over M7 Apology

      1. However, Betty Nambooze said Kiwanda as an MP has a right to address the press on any matter but not on the position of the caucus. She said that they have not had any executive meeting on the matters raised by Kiwanda adding that most of the members of the caucus were not aware of Monday’s press briefing.

  1. Nambooze has a personal grudge to m7, how can she suggest that the youth could have pelted rotten tomatoes to the Kabaka’s guest, sometimes hatred makes her go off topic, if she think she loves the kabaka more than others (Kiwanda’s) how can she feel if she invites a guest at her home or on her function and her kids treats the guest as the youth did

    1. There is no need to first have a grudge, you can’t imagine that Ugandans have understood m7 than you do.

  2. Nambooze has indeed understanding beyond Kiwanda’s sycophancy. Those Kiwandas are Bugandas enemies pure.

  3. How can Nambooze say the youth were right to boo the President! It is such a shame. Well, Kiwanda is right to say that Buganda is not a tribe, see the harmony in which Baganda of various origins live harmoniously, case in point is Mukono district and Nambooze is a good example of cultural diversity!

  4. Is Nambooze in her senses? she has forgotten the Kiganda Culture. Booing elders is indiscipline in Buganda to remind Nambooze. Secondly, let us learn to appreciate and give credit where it is due. The President returned the Kingdom which was abolished by Obote so why now abuse him? Nambooze come back to your senses and stop supporting moral decay among the youth who can abuse elders before the Kabaka. Thank you Kiwanda for the wisdom

    1. Obviously you have a point when you criticize indiscipline. I too cannot agree with unnecessary forms of indiscipline. However Nambooze is right when she argues that it is not the responsibility of the Buganda caucus to apologize. The coronation was never organized by Buganda caucus. Caucus members attended as guests, just as the president. How can one guest apologize to another guest for the actions of some ‘other guests’. Kiwanda should have asked the organizers to apologize. What is even more amazing is that he did it alone, without consulting his colleagues in the Caucus executive. Is he trying to insinuate that the indiscipline was instigated by the Caucus?

  5. Buganda caucus MPs were not the organizers of that function so the apology should not come from them, and as chairman of the caucus you can’t hold a press conference and talk on behalf of everyone without an executive meeting so ask yourselves when did they meet to decide on what Kiwanda is saying and any who believes and knows democracy wouldn’t complain that they are booing me so guys style up and put cheap politics a side and think why do people come out to do certain things Betty ha s apoint

  6. Well, well, Hon. Nambooze-Bakireke – a word of counsel: An honourable lady that you are, should portray a good image and example, because you happen [by default] to speak on behalf of the whole lot of us civilized Baganda . In your job, you need to balance things, have tact, courtsey, diplomatic skills [even diplomatic ambiguity, if need be], strategy, statesmanship, [or is it statespersonship], and to avoid talking for the sake of talking more like taxi touts in Mukono taxi park! I will quote the late Margaret
    Thatcher, May her soul rest in eternal peace: ‘Better to keep quiet and be considered a fool, rather than open your mouth and confirm the obvious’!

  7. Ok, I will defer from George’s insinuation a bit, that Hon. Nambooze is not a Muganda. She is a Muganda alright. Why because the assimilated Bagandas on the other hand are individuals who have chosen to belong to the Buganda fold because they admire, respect and love the Buganda civilization, a not so easy task, because they did so by choice and not cohesion; and by the way this category of Baganda have made Buganda strong, Buganda being the only culture capable of attracting diversity per se, just like the US, etc. By deductive reasoning such assimilated Baganda do not rock the boat, lest they are caught offside and the cat let out of the bag. Nambooze should own up to her shortcomings. She should grow up, learn to control stress; and may be psychometric tests should also be added on the qualifications required for one to qualify as a Parliamentarian.

  8. Why does
    Nambooze taunt President Museveni, and support the lumpens, perhaps hired goons
    from Kisekka market who booed H.H. the Kabaka’s Guest! We respectable Baganda
    bowed our heads and turned green, [yes green] with shame over such heinous acts,
    and now to hear a whole Buganda MP supporting acts of hooliganism – it is
    really too much. As a good Xtian Nambooze should borrow a leaf from Pontius
    Pirato who washed his hands off the blood of Jesus, and did not side with those
    who demanded his cruxifiction. Indeed my grandfather is turning in his grave
    over Nambooze’s unfortunate stance. He would ask, what didn’t Nambooze confront
    Obote over the tragedy he inflicted on the Baganda, compared only to Hitler’s holocaust!
    How dare she support those who booed President Museveni! We Baganda had been merely
    reduced to laughing stock, condemned to being inculcated in the virtues of
    Buganda in whispers after dark, lest Obote, Kafulu, Serukama-mayute’s henchmen
    whisked you off to Luzira. Bweete really
    loathed Baganda, imagine he even threw the respectable late Prince Badru
    Kakungulu in jail! My grandfather, RIP was a Muganda at heart and loved his
    King and Kingdom. You cannot imagine how overjoyed he was when President Museveni
    restored the Buganda Kingdom, from the grand betrayal of Obote [Bweete] who
    likened a good Muganda to a dead one. My grandfather made me swear to always
    love and respect President Museveni for the very gallant act of restoring
    Buganda Kingdom, and restoring Buganda’s pride, he also counseled me to always guard
    against wolves in sheeps’ skiin, and those who ate Namunye atanazibula–whatever he meant, but Nambooze would fit the description, absoluely and also.

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