NEWS– The Kingdom of Busoga Prime Minister Prof Joseph Muvawala has dismissed claims that Kyabazinga William Wilberforce Gabula Nadiope IV has been removed from the throne.
According to a statement dated today 14th January, 2022, the Kingdom Prime Minister (Katuukiro) Prof Joseph Muvawala asked the general public to disregard the misleading reports and treat them with the contempt they deserve saying that His Highness William Wilberforce Gabula Nadiope IV, is the legitimate Isebantu Kyabazinga (King) of Busoga Kingdom.
Prof Muvawala reminded the general public that Nadiope Gabula was duly elected on 24th August, 2014, enthroned on the 13th September 2014 and duly gazetted by the Government of Uganda on 24th June, 2019 under general notice number 649 of 2019 and is firmly in office and performing his functions as enshrined under the Obwa Kyabazinga Bwa Busoga Constitution and the relevant national laws.
Prof Muvawala added that the purported dismissal and or election of a new Kyabazinga is false, illegal, misleading and intended at creating disunity in the Kingdom.
“The Kyabazinga once elected under the constitution of Busoga and our culture reigns till death and the organs of the Obwa Kyabazinga to it; the Busoga Lukiiko, the cabinet, clans council, Abambedha council, chief Royal council among others are duly performing their mandate and there should be no cause for alarm.” The statement from the Busoga Prime Minister reads in part.
It was alleged that the Busoga Kingdom Hereditary Saza Chiefs unanimously moved a vote of no confidence against King William Wilberforce Gabula Nadiope IV thus removing him from the throne.
In a public notice and declaration made on 3rd January, 2022, the Chiefs Royal Council said His Royal Highness Gabula was nolonger the king of Busoga Kingdom and that His Royal Highness Edward Columbus Wambuzi Muloki is now the new Kyabazinga.
“Aware that it is in the best interest of the Obwa Kyabazinga Bwa Busoga to at all times have a reigning Isebantu Kyabazinga elected by the Chiefs Royal Council in accordance with the constitution of Obwa Kyabazinga bwa Busoga from among the 11 chiefdoms,” the Royal Chiefs said in a document that was received by the Office of the Speaker of Parliament and Ministry of Gender on 12th January, 2022.
“Now therefore the Chiefs Royal Council upon removal of William Wilberforce Gabula Nadiope IV as sitting Isebantu Kyabazinga, unanimously reaffirm and declare Edward Columbus Wambuzi Muloki, the Zibondo of Bulamoji as the newly legitimately elected Isebantu Kyabazinga of Busoga as it were on 31st October, 2008.” the document reads.
Prince Wambuzi was controversially elected the Kyabazinga on October 30th 2008 following the demise of his father, the late Kyabazinga Henry Waako Muloki on September 1st the same year but was later removed from the throne.
Gabula was then unanimously elected by the 10 Busoga Royal Chiefs who convened at Bugembe on 24th August 2014 for the purpose of electing a new Kyabazinga and Prince Wambuzi, the eleventh Busoga Royal Chief, who was also contesting for the throne, did not attend the meeting and Gabula was unanimously approved by the Busoga Lukiko (Parliament) on 25th September 2014.
Following an unsuccessful last-minute court challenge, Gabula was crowned as the 4th Kyabazinga of Busoga at Bugembe on Saturday, 13th September 2014 and President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni of Uganda attended the coronation as a chief guest.