By Fred Kiva & Johnbosco Tugume
Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom has made key resolutions on challenges facing the kingdom, amid a row between the current and former Prime Minister.
Sacked Prime Minister Norman Lukumu has since sued the current Prime Minister Andrew Byakutaga accusing him of taking over his office illegally. The case is before Masindi High Court as Lukumu insists he is still the legitimate Premier. He remained a no-show at the first ever Bunyoro symposium despite being invited for the Saturday event in Hoima.
The meeting was attended by the Banyoro from within the Kingdom and the diaspora, government ministers, Members of Parliament, district leaders among others. It was held under the theme, “Time is now for Bunyoro to be great again.”
During the symposium, a number of resolutions aimed at stabilizing the kingdom once and for all, were reached. Key of the resolutions was formation of a legal task force to handle the Kingdom’s legal issues, security of tenure for appointed kingdom servants, putting in place a kingdom constitution and institution of new plans and systems to ensure proper accountability.
This comes at a time the Kingdom is grappling with cases of illegal disposal and leasing of its assets, with the most notable cases being the illegal sale of the kingdom 10 percent shares in Kinyara Sugar Limited, last year and the illegal lease of two square miles of Kingdom land to Hoima Sugar.
Ali Babi, a former member of Hoima District Council who moved that the Kingdom constitutes a legal team, said it would help in following up and prosecuting such people as those involved in the illegal sale off kingdom assets.
“Someone cannot give out 2 square miles of kingdom land and walkaway scot-free,” Babi said.
The Kingdom has also has also had a challenge of uncertainty among its employees, due to lack of security of tenure. This has sometimes deprived the kingdom of stable manpower and unnecessary court battles like the current one where former Prime Minister Lukumu ran to court after his sacking. He claims that he was sacked illegally since he had barely served three years of his five year contract.
Fred Kabagambe Kaliisa, the Chairman Bunyoro Royal Commission said with security of tenure for kingdom servants, the cultural institution will be able to make substantial appointments and cater for its staff.
Andrew Byakutaga, the Kingdom Prime minister revealed that the symposium has been long overdue, since the cultural institution had much to put right. He says it’s only through such a forum that the Kingdom’s past glory can be revived. He said the resolutions will be periodically reviewed and implemented to the latter.
State Ministers Ernest Kiiza for Bunyoro Affairs and David Karubanga for Public Service emphasized need for the Kingdom and its subjects to get organized, if they are to revive Bunyoro’s past glory and attract more government support.
During the meeting held at Kontiki Hotel in Hoima town a 30 year draft strategic plan for the Kingdom was unveiled to stakeholders for adoption.