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Gen.Otafiire: Museveni to blame for Buganda mess

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    Mercy Nalugo, Yasiin Mugerwa & Sheila Naturinda Kampala

    Maj. Gen. Kahinda Otafiire yesterday added a new twist to the ongoing row between the central government and Buganda by blaming President Museveni for pushing for the restoration of traditional leaders.

    “It is the dog that you tame which bites your leg,” Gen. Otafiire said while giving reporters an insight of what he said took place during the 1992 High Command meeting in Gulu which opposed the restoration of traditional leaders.

    Gen. Otafiire’s comments were provoked by yesterday’s walkout of the Buganda MPs from Parliament demanding an explanation from the government on whether the Kabaka would be allowed to visit his subjects in Kayunga or otherwise.

    “We told him [Mr Museveni] not to return these obsolete institutions and he did not listen to us. He begged, he pleaded, he went on his knees and the army grudgingly accepted to return these things and they are now paying him in good currency,” the Trade Minister told journalists.

    [​IMG] Maj. Gen. Kahinda Otafiire

    Gen. Otafiire is vehemently opposed to the restoration of the monarchy in Ankole; which has never benefited from the 1992 High Command waiver as well as the 1995 constitution which restored traditional institutions.

    Mr Museveni’s minority view reportedly prevailed over the meeting to restore the traditional leaders, his younger brother, Gen. Salim Saleh confirmed in a separate interview.

    “I was not in that final High Command meeting in Gulu where they agreed but I was told that it took Mr Museveni a long time to convince [them],” Gen. Saleh said by telephone.

    He said the present impasse between Buganda and the central government is as a result of lack of proper communication.
    “They should just work on that [communication],” Gen. Saleh added.
    A section of Buganda legislators led by Butambala MP Ibrahim Kadunabi Lubega, yesterday walked out of Parliament demanding a government statement on the status of Kabaka’s now controversial scheduled visit to Kayunga.

    Deputy Speaker Rebecca Kadaga had in the morning communicated that the President was scheduled to meet all the Buganda MPs in State House today [Thursday].

    But Bukoto South MP Mathias Nsubuga then told Parliament that according to the messages which were sent out to some MPs, it is only the NRM Buganda MPs who were invited.

    Mr Kadunabi told Parliament after a stormy debate that the Buganda MPs still want a statement from the government on Kabaka’s tour to Kayunga. “We have resolved to suspend our sitting in plenary until our issues are resolved,” he said as he walked out with MPs Lule Mawiya, (Kalungu), Moses Kabuusu (Kyamuswa), Erias Lukwago (Kampala Central) as well as Mr Nsubuga.

    The MP for Tororo County, Mr Geoffrey Ekanya, who walked out alongside the Baganda MPs said the matter was not only for Buganda MPs but a national and constitutional matter that needed the involvement of the entire Parliament.