Police have okayed the proposed visit of Charles Peter Mayiga, the Buganda Premier to Mbarara despite protests from members of Ankole trust.
Poly Namaye, the Rwizi region police spokesperson says the organizers of the visit scheduled for February 8th, 2014 wrote to police seeking protection. It came after loyalists of the defunct Ankole Kingdom vowed to block Mayiga’s visit saying Mengo had not consulted them on the visit.
During the visit Mayiga is expected to meet hundreds of Baganda in Ankole and Kigezi region and fundraise for the reconstruction of Kasubi royal tombs. The tombs were gutted by a 2010 fire and are yet to be reconstructed. Namaye says police have already deployed intelligence personnel to monitor the situation as preparation for Mayiga’s visit.
Imam Makumbi, a member of the organizing committee says they were forced to seek police clearance to prevent any eventualities. Makumbi insists that there is no reason as to why they should seek clearance from the defunct Ankole kingdom leadership when it does not exist.
He maintains that Mayiga’s visit to the region will continue as planned adding that, no one will prevent them from dinning with their leader. Joseph Kiiza, the Chairperson of Engabo Za Ankole, a youth wing charged with mobilizing support for the defunct Ankole kingdom says the visit of Mayiga is uncalled for saying they will not allow it.