26 December 2009

Uganda: Banyankole Protest Omugabe Suggestion

Kampala — A GROUP of Banyakole elders have protested against the Omukama of Bunyoro's campaign for the restoration of the Ankole traditional institution, Obugabe.

The elders through the Banyankole Cultural Foundation (BCF) in a statement on Wednesday, asked Omukama Solomon Gafabusa Iguru not to interfere in Ankole matters.

The statement signed by BCF officials Kesi Nyakimwe, Dr. Godfrey Asiimwe and Dr. Jean Barya said the restoration of the Obugabe is exclusively for the Banyankole.

This was after a November meeting of traditional leaders held in Masindi.

However, the district councils of Mbarara and Bushenyi have declined to endorse the restoration of Ankole Kingdom, saying it was a sensitive matter that requires consultation.

The elders said, "The meeting led by Iguru had no right or legitimacy to make such a request because the matter culturally and legally is for the Banyankole to resolve."

The elders further said that since the 1967 abolition of traditional institutions in Uganda, Banyankole have at different occasions opposed the restoration of Obugabe.

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