‘Ankole Kingdom Revival Not Urgent

Abdulkarim Ssengendo (ARCHIVE 2010)

Kampala — THE Office of the President has warned district councils in Ankole region against wasting time on discussing issues related to the restoration of the Ankole kingdom.

The Minister in Charge of the Presidency, Beatrice Wabudeya, in a letter sent to all RDCs in the Ankole region, noted that district councillors should focus on more urgent issues, such as the implementation of the NAADS programme and the preparation for the forthcoming elections.

She also pointed out that the President’s office received reports that some councillors are being bribed to move the motion in district councils in favour of the restoration of the kingdom.

“We received information there are people asking district councils to pass resolutions for the restoration of Ankole kingship,” Wabudeya said in the letter.

“The information we have further alleges that some people are being bribed to move these motions. This bribing is criminal and those found involved will face the law. Besides, people have to be consulted on matters of the kingdom and this has not yet been done,” she added.

The one-page letter dated December 21, was copied to the President, all district chairpersons, RDCs and all ofNRM district chairpersons in Ankole region.

Ibanda district chairman for NRM Robert Rutehenda confirmed that he received Wabudeya’s letter just before Christmas.

The RDC of Mbarara, Clement Kandole, and the RDC of Isingiro district, Iddah Mehangye, also confirmed they received the communication.

The district councils were prompted to debate the issue by a letter written by the Omukama of Bunyoro Gafabusa Iguru, the head the traditional leaders forum in Uganda. Iguru wrote to all district speakers in Ankole region requesting them to table the motion of the restoration of the kingdom before the councils for consideration.

The Ankole region is made up of six districts; Bushenyi, Mbarara, Ntungamo, Ibanda, Isingiro and Kiruhura.

Mbarara and Bushenyi passed resolutions calling for more consultations with the people of Ankole. Isingiro resolved that the issue be discussed at lower councils (LCI, II and III) before it is tabled in the district council.

In Ntungamo and Kiruhura districts, the issue was not tabled for discussion.

Iguru is one of the Ugandan royals regularly invited by Libyan leader Col. Muammar Gadaffi.

According to a source close to him, the Bunyoro king travelled twice to Libya in a period of one year, and also attended Gadaffi’s inauguration as AU chairman in Addis Ababa in early 2009.

He is reported to be setting up a kingdom radio station with Libyan funds and has also been promised a school and a hospital.

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