New Vision (Kampala)

3 February 2010

Uganda: Mengo-Govt Talks Complicated - Saleh

Kampala — THE ongoing negotiations between Buganda Kingdom and the Government are complicated and need special prayers, Gen. Salim Saleh, observed recenlty.

During the last funeral rites of John Mirundi, the father of presidential press secretary Tamale Mirundi in Kalisizo sub-county in Rakai district.

Saleh said his role as leader of the Government team to the talks was complicated because some issues require constitutional amendments.

"Some of what we want to solve is already in the Constitution," Saleh said.

"Those of you who have eaten sandwich, will understand my predicament.

"The Kabaka and the President have made me a sandwich," he added.

Reacting to petitions from several groups, including Luweero war veterans, Saleh said he was tired of such grievances.

" Instead of lamentations, I need projects that can transform these groups," he said.

He added that they havebeen paying war veterans for the last 24 years.

"I do not think that we shall ever pay all of them. Let us find viable projects to help them," Saleh said.

Rakai chairman Vincent Ssemakula said the Government programmes in the district have succeeded, citing good performance in the recently released PLE results.

The area MP, Pius Matovu, urged the Government to provide coffee seedlings to the people.

Tamale Mirundi advised residents to access Bonna Bagaggawale programmes.

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