29 May 2013

Uganda: Katikkiro Mayiga Gets Instruments of Power

Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II Wednesday gave the new Katikkiro Charles Peter Mayiga the royal mace (Ddamula) as a symbol of authority.

Amidst ululations from hundreds of his subjects who turned at Mengo, the Kabaka arrived at the palace at about 11am.

He first visited the fire place outside the main gate of the palace. Mayiga also arrived shortly and waited in a tent next to the entrance.

Minutes later, the Kabaka returned at the main gate with the Ddamula and called, "Charles Peter Mayiga."

Mayiga immediately rushed towards the Kabaka and picked the Ddamula. He pledged his allegiance to the Kabaka and promised to execute the responsibilities bestowed upon him.

Dressed in a blue garb with silver strips, Mayiga tightly held the mace and quickly walked away amidst tight security provided by muscular body guards from his Mutima clan to ensure that no one grabs it from him until he successfully entered Butikkiro house which is a few meters across the road.

At this stage, there was a stampede as people struggled to capture a glimpse of what was transpiring. Some climbed trees to secure uninterrupted view.

The historic developments were unfolding as high ranking dignitaries including Vice-President Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi, former VP Prof. Gilbert Balibaseka Bukenya, Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago, former Katikkiros Dan Muliika, Joash Mayanja Nkangi, Mengo ministers, several MPs and others were curiously watching every step.

After successfully entering Butikkiro, Mayiga gave a meal to his clan-mates thanking them for their support to him and afterwards came out and spoke to the people.

"I have won the battle. I have tightly held Ddamula. It is a noble function in which the Kabaka has officially given me authority to lead Buganda on his behalf. I therefore ask you to always listen to and obey what I will be telling you to do," Mayiga said to applause as some shouted, "You are the Katikkiro we have always wanted."

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