By; Samuel Kirimunda “We elected Isebantu Kyabazinga of Busoga Kingdom on 24th.August.2014,” the rest is hearse -Katukiro Muvawala.
The internet has been a washed with mixed reactions towards a dossier threatening to topple the sitting leadership of Busoga Kingdom by the royals from the 11 chiefdom’s of Busoga. The kingdom comprises eight districts: Kamuli, Iganga, Bugiri, Mayuge, Jinja, Luuka, Kaliro and Busiki..
According to Dr. Joseph Muvawala the Katukiiro of Busoga Kingdom the Kyabazinga of Busoga Kingdom was dully elected on the 24th.August.2014. The purported dismissal and/ or election of a new Kyabazinga is false. “The document been seen on social media but it has no legal effect. If anyone wants to come in and disorganize the kingdom then they should try because i know they will fail.”
Muvawala has re-assured the general public that these temporary developments just like several others shall be dealt with and managed. He encourage everyone to remain calm and observe law and order.
“The Kingdom has in the past seven years since enthronement of His Royal Highness (HRH) the Isebantu Kyabazinga Gabula Nadiope IV registered tremendous success in areas of cultural promotion, unity, education, health, and a number of strategic partnerships have been signed among others and these will continue to build on for the social, cultural and economic benefit of our people.”
The premier has thanked the government of Uganda, people of Busoga and development partners that have been strong pillars in elevating the regions’ vision and leadership.
HRH William Wilberforce Nadiope Gabula IV, is the legitimate Isebantu Kyabazinga of Busoga Kingdom as dully elected on the 24th.August.2014, enthroned on the 13th.September.2014 and dully Gazetted by the government of Uganda on the 24th.June .2019 under general Notice No.649 of 2019.
HRH is firmly in office and performing his functions as enshrined under the Obwa Kyabazinga Bwa Busoga consititution and the relevant national laws, Dr.Joseph Muvawala the Prime Minister of Busoga Kingdom revealed this evening.
History of Busoga Kingdom;
Busoga is ruled by the Isebantu Kyabazinga, who is currently William Kadhumbula Gabula Nadiope IV, the Gabula of Bugabula, and grandson to Wilberforce Kadhumbula Nadiope, former vice president and also Kyabazinga of Busoga Kingdom.
In 1995, the government restored monarchies in Uganda in Article 246(1) of the constitution of Uganda. On 11 February 1996, Henry Wako Muloki was reinstated as Kyabazinga Isebantu of Busoga. He served until 1 September 2008, when he died of esophageal cancer at the Mulago National Referral Hospital in Kampala at age 87. Muloki’s achievements included programs for youth, the elderly, and the poor and the education of girls. Although the Royal Chiefs of Busoga at first elected Edward Columbus Wambuzi, Muloki’s son, as Kyabazinga of Busoga, the election was contested due to lack of quorum (at least eight chiefs) and thus electing later Gabula Nadiope IV with ten out of eleven chiefs and was crowned on 13 September 2014.
Three past Kyabazingas have presided over the federated state of Busoga since 1939: Ezekiel Tenywa Wako, Yosia Nadiope and William Wilberforce Nadiope Kadhumbula. Kadhumbula waged an emizindula (war on theft) and ended a British practice in the fight against smallpox (kawumpuli) where residents were required to publicly supply rat tails for counting to prove that they had killed the rats. His opposition brought him into conflict with the British; he was exiled to Bunyoro, later leading the Basoga into the Second World War.
Kadhumbula played an important role in Uganda’s independence struggle; he was also the first vice-president of independent Uganda and chairman of the Uganda People’s Congress (UPC). Kadhumbula built infrastructures such as roads, hospitals and government centers, and mobilized the Basoga for agriculture. Balangira High School later became Busoga College (Mwiri).