Youth want referendum on Kyabazinga
Youth leaders in Busoga sub-region have demanded for a referendum on the way a Kyabazinga (king of Busoga) is elected, saying the kingdom’s constitutional review commission has failed to conclude soliciting views on the matter. The youth, under Busoga Youth Leaders Association (BUYOLA), said the commission’s delay in coming up with a draft constitution has caused anxiety among the people. Speaking to journalists in Jinja recently, the BUYOLA co-ordinator, Muhammad Katuntubiru, said all people in the kingdom should be involved in the process through a referendum on the matter. However, in an interview, the commission’s chairperson, Shaban Muziransa, said his team had finished gathering views from 10 chiefdoms except Bulamogi, which he said had failed to co-operate. Muziransa told the New Vision on Saturday that they had anticipated finishing the draft in April but were delayed by Bulamogi chiefdom, which questioned the commission’s legality.
He said his commission was constituted by the late Kyabazinga, Henry Muloki, before he died on September 1, 2008. Last June, President Yoweri Museveni gave the commission sh80m to carry out its activities.
Muziransa said since they had sought views of most chiefdoms, his commission was compiling the draft constitution and promised that a final copy would be handed to the acting Kyabazinga, Prince David Kawunhe Musitwa and Wilson Muwereza, the Katukiro, by the end of this month. He also asked the youth not to go on with their move.
Meanwhile, Saida Nalubowa, a member of BUYOLA, commended the agriculture minister, Tress Buchanayandi, for appointing former Bunya West MP Aggrey Bagiire to chair the National Agricultural Advisory Services (NAADS) board.
“We are confident that our son will revamp NAADS programmes for the betterment of Uganda. I appeal to the Basoga to accord him the necessary support,” Nalubowa said.
Bagiire, a former state minister for agriculture, lost the Bunya West parliamentary seat to Vincent Bagiire in 2011.
By Jackie Namboga ,New Vision