15 December 2012

Uganda: Kabaka Mutebi Calls for Federo Again

The Kabaka of Buganda, Ronald Muwenda Mutebi, has repeated his call for federalism to Buganda and other kingdoms requesting for the same system of governance.

The Kabaka made the call in his message read by Prince Kassim Nakibenge Kakungulu during the Buganda Conference on at Hotel Africana, Kampala.

"There are many nations which got independence at the same time as Uganda, which are among the first world countries, but Uganda despite the abundant natural resources and highly educated people is still in the third world. The current system of government has failed us. We shall develop very first if each native community is given federal autonomy," the Kabaka said.

The Kabaka also called upon the Central Government to return the kingdom land as an indicator that Ugandans are truly independent. The kingdom boycotted the October celebrations of Uganda's golden jubilee and instead lamented over what they called colonialism by fellow Ugandans. In his end-of-year message, the Kabaka encouraged the people to work hard and fight poverty.

On talks between the kingdom and the Central Government, John Baptist Walusimbi, the Katikkiro, said he could not go for fresh talks before what had been agreed upon in the previous talks is implemented. "Some of our demands had been already resolved. Only three things were not agreed upon; the 9000 square miles of land, the 1500 miles of forests and federo," he noted.

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