Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has called upon Busoga chiefs to unite for the good of the Kingdom and Uganda at large.
“I commend the unity among chiefs while electing the Kyabazinga. However, some chiefs are not here, I urge you to unite,” he said.
The President made the remarks on Saturday at the coronation of the new Busoga Kyabazinga “Isebantu” Nadiope William Gabula held in Jinja district.
“I congratulate HRH Nadiope William Wilberforce Gabula IV upon being crowned Kyabazinga,” President Museveni said to the cheer of the crowd that had gathered to witness the historic occasion.
He added: “I urge His Royal Highness the Kyabazinga to unite all Basoga including those who were opposed to his crowning.”
According to Ms Sarah Kagingo, the Special Presidential Assistant on Communictions, President Museveni said the first elections of the Kyabazinga were ignored because there was no quorum but was glad to note that the basics had been handled.
“This new Kyabazinga is bringing some new ideas. I was very pleased to learn that he invited the King of Bunyoro to bring out the linkages of Ugandans,” he said.
He further revealed that he knew a lot about Kingdoms because his clan was one of the most ancient in the country.
He regrettably noted that some of the cultural institutions were not been emphasising unity but rather disunity.
“We want unity, NRA got victory because of unity.”
He cited an example of Banyankole who refer to Lango as Bukiri emphasising that these Kingdoms were linked, therefore, cultural leaders needed to unite.
“These Kingdoms had their mistakes but they were closely linked. It is, therefore, not good to bring division.”
The President promised to repair Bugembe but hastily added that a plan was needed before the work could commence.
He said the other points about Kingdom properties were small points and could be discussed.
Having noted that the Kyabazinga was already well equipped with a vehicle for his use, President Museveni pledged to give the King escorts.