Mayiga clashes with army on Kooki tour

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Security at Hotel Brovad in Masaka town

Buganda Katikkiro Peter Mayiga has finally proceeded to Kooki after a meeting with security officers at Hotel Brovad Masaka.

He is visiting St. Bernard SS Mannya where a dormitory fire killed 10 students.

There was tension following reports that security would not allow the visit.

Security early Tuesday cordoned off Hotel Brovad in Masaka town in an attempt to block the Katikiro of Buganda from travelling to Kooki.

Similarly, in October 2009, more than 40 people were killed in riots after security forces stopped the Buganda Premier Walusimbi from travelling to Kayunga.

For four hours, police and the army kept Mayiga under preventive arrest at Hotel Brovad in Masaka town.

Kooki leadership accuses Mengo of undermining the county authority and that Mayiga and Mengo had not informed Kooki about the visit.

Hours after several closed-door meetings with security personnel, Mayiga was cleared to proceed to Kooki under heavy security.

Lake Victoria disaster

Meanwhile, Mengo has outlined a number of measures to mitigate maritime transport accidents as it mourned Kabaka’s top official Yoweri Musumba, who perished in the boat that capsized on Lake Victoria on Saturday.

Mengo suggested life jacket policy, regular safety standard inspection of boats and barring overloading.

“We believe if such measures and others were enforced, accidents could be tremendously reduced. An escalation of disasters on lakes and rivers is worrying,” the statement reads in part.

“The kingdom of Buganda grieves with relatives of the victims of the Lake Victoria accident. It is a pity. Among the victims was Yoweri Musumba. We pray to God they rest in peace,” the statement sent by kingdom spokesperson Noah Kiyimba reads.

Kabaka’s younger brother Prince David Wasajja was among the survivors as well as three other confidants.

These include city businessmen Freeman Kiyimba, the chairperson of Twezimbe and his committee member Paul Ssembatya Mulundannume and Mr Hope Mukasa.

Arnold Ssimbwa, the son of Prince David Ggolooba, the elder brother of Kabaka, also survived.

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