Last Friday, Busoga Parliament (Lukiiko) amended the Constitution of Busoga Kingdom to allow the current Kyabazinga of Busoga, William Wilberforce Kadumbula Nadiope Gabula IV, to rule for life.
It was Bunyha Chiefdom representative, Mathias Mutatyama, who tabled the motion that paves for life Kyabazingaship.
At an extraordinary sitting of the Lukiiko at the Kingdom headquarters in Bugembe, the Lukiiko speaker, George Mutyabule, shared a document from the Royal Council signed by nine Royal Chiefs recalling Articles 6 and 8 of the Busoga Constitution to allow Kyabazinga hold office without a prescribed period and election.
Mutyabule told Daily Monitor that Articles 6 and 8 which specifically deal with the election and tenure of office of the Isebantu Kyabazinga: “Once elected, the Kyabazinga shall hold the throne until his death.”
Kingdom’s Justice and Constitutional Affairs minister, Alex Luganda, told the newspaper that the said articles were earlier suspended following the conflict within the kingdom that culminated in the monarchy spending six years without a sitting Kyabazinga.
They were replaced by another Article in which all Royal Chiefs agreed that any elected Kyabazinga would rule for five years and allow the Kyabazingaship to rotate among the 11 chiefdoms.
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But Edward Columbus Wambuzi, the rival to Nadiope, says he is not aware of any life Kyabazingaship project, saying he has not seen the document.
The two have been fighting since the death of Kyabazinga Henry Wako Muloki in September 2008.
Dr Frank Nabwiso, the former Member of Parliament for Kagoma County, Jinja District, says in December 1962, an attempt was made to make Sir Wilberforce Nadiope (the current Kyabazinga’s grandfather) a Kyabazinga for life but he was stopped in his tracks by Dr Milton Obote.
Nabwiso is the author of “Busoga’s Eleven Hereditary Chiefdoms and the Kyabazingaship in Uganda” (Dec 2016), a book that traces the Kyabazingaship from 1600 to 2016.