Monday, September 21, 2009

Turmoil in Uganda

Kampala riots supply excuse to suppress monarchs

The riots that shook Kampala and several parts of Buganda Kingdom between September 7 and 12 brought loss of life and destruction of property, but they also presented President Yoweri Museveni with the perfect opportunity to bury the issues of monarchy and ethnicity that have long bedevilled him.

Uganda: Kabaka Misses Museveni Meet

The Kabaka of Buganda Ronald Mutebi II has turned down yet another invitation by President Yoweri Museveni to a long-anticipated meeting at which it is hoped the strained relationship between the kingdom and central government will be discussed, Sunday Monitor has learnt.

Credible sources within the kingdom's palace told Sunday Monitor that President Museveni had agreed to meet at State House Nakasero, reportedly on Thursday afternoon but the Kabaka called off the meeting almost at the last minute, citing other commitments.

Uganda Government News: M7 defends monarchy restoration

President Museveni has defended the restoration of cultural institutions in Uganda.

The institutions were restored in 1993 following their abolition in 1966 by the late President of Uganda Apollo Milton Obote.

Last week, the Minister of Trade and Tourism, Kahinda Otafiire, blamed the current crises in cultural kingdoms to President Museveni's insistence to restore them, adding that the kingdoms are now manifesting themselves through several avenues such as demonstrations.

However, President Museveni insists that the restoration of the kingdoms was a demand from the people of Uganda who wanted monarchies to protect and promote their cultural norms.

He adds that as long as the monarchies follow the Constitution, then government will not have a problem with them.

I am not responsible for Buganda crisis -Museveni

President Museveni has said that while he restored the traditional institutions, he is not responsible for the current standoff between the government and the Buganda Kingdom .

The president who was addressing a special session of parliament earlier today said that he only restored the kingdoms for ‘people who cherish monarchies’ and also expected the traditional rulers to follow the constitution instead of indulging in politics.

The Minister of trade, Maj. Gen. Kahinda Otafiire recently blamed president Museveni for the current crisis because he pushed for the restoration of traditional leaders.

Ten Killed as Pro-Monarchy Rioters Shut Down Capital

Nairobi — Ugandan police have used excessive force during clashes with rioting supporters of a local monarch in which at least 10 people died, according to a human rights watchdog.

The clashes erupted on 10 September in the capital, Kampala, sparked off by a planned visit by King Ronald Muwenda Mutebi of Buganda kingdom to the central district of Kayunga on 12 September.

Kayunga is part of Buganda kingdom, but a minority community in the area is opposed to the trip. Kingdom officials say the central government is trying to thwart the visit.

A Statement By H.E. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, President of the Republic of Uganda

I have come to address you about the sustained unconstitutional behaviour of His Highness Kabaka Mutebi, the Mengo Kingdom officials and the Kabaka’s Radio, CBS.

Mengo forget federo - VP Bukenya

VICE-President Gilbert Bukenya has said the kind of federalism Mengo is advocating for cannot be granted in modern Uganda. He urged Mengo to accept the regional tier system for the good of the Buganda Kingdom.

"Once democracy overtakes the monarchy, you are wasting time or dreaming when you talk of going back to the absolute federalism of the monarchy we used to have before the colonialists," Bukenya told Sunday Vision.

He said the days where all the power was in the hands of kings, who would even order the killing of a person if they wanted, were over.

"When the British came in, they started taking away power from the king and gave it to the chiefs. That was the beginning of the process of reducing absolute monarchism."

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