Museveni to question Kabaka over Mayiga-Bobi Wine ties

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President Yoweri Museveni and Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi shake hands as Mayiga looks on

President Museveni will meet the Kabaka of Buganda Ronald Muwenda Mutebi to question him on the remarks made by his Katikkiro Charles Peter Mayiga.

Mayiga had issued a statement condemning the torture of Members of Parliament Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu (Kyadondo East) and Francis Zaake (Mityana Municipality).

“Our attention has been drawn to the violence that occurred on the eve of the by-election in Arua in the course of which one Yasin Kawuma was shot dead and Robert Kyagulanyi a.k.a Bobi Wine, and Mityana Municipality MP Hon. Francis Zaake were arrested,” Mayiga said in a press release.

He added: “Gruesome pictures of a badly injured Hon. Zaake have surfaced in the media and Hon. Kyagulanyi’s lawyers have reported that he is badly injured. Both have been denied access to their families or medical practitioners of their choice.”

He said the Kingdom of Buganda is a champion of constitutionalism and the rule of law.

“This is informed by adherence our culture (ENNONO). Buganda also condemns the use of violence to settle political scores. We were victims of this in 1996 and know that violence and oppression only begets more violence and resistance.”

He said the kingdom condemned the election violence in Arua and the unnecessary shedding of the innocent blood of youth, the use of torture and holding people incommunicado contrary to the Constitution.

He urged government to allow Bobi Wine and Zaake access treatment, fair trial in courts of law and an investigation into the killing of Yasin Kawuma.

“Once again, let all political differences be settled politically and in a civil manner that assures peace and stability in the country,” Mayiga concluded.

Museveni responds

While addressing press at State House Entebbe on Saturday, Museveni hinted at those seeking the presidency, advising them to present ideas that help Ugandans.

“I will look for the Kabaka so that he tells me what that Katikiro of his was saying.”

Museveni explained that the presidency is not negotiated for but competed for.

“The people who want to lead are people who presumably have ideas. I hope they don’t want to lead without ideas.”

He added: “If you want to lead, you say, our idea is the following, then you go to the public and look for votes.”

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