Nambooze Attacks Museveni In US


find geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>Reacting on the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) recently signed between President Yoweri Museveni and Kabaka Muwenda Mutebi to pave way for the return of Buganda kingdom’s properties, Nambooze charged: “It is also important to note that even with the MoU we should not recall our forces from the battlefield.”

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“So with the Buganda MOU, we should not let Museveni off the hook. We must use whatever opportunity we have to put him under pressure to meet our demands. Mengo and all Baganda must be firm on this,” added Nambooze, who was among the key speakers.

“Buganda has signed so many agreements with various parties: from the 1900 Buganda agreement with the British to the recent MOU with Museveni. However with every agreement, I think with lose much more than we gain.”

The Buganda Kingdom official’s attack comes at a time when political observers had started believing that the monarchy and the central government had normalized their on-and-off relations.

Contacted for comment on Tuesday morning, the Minister for Presidency, Frank Tumwebaze could not pick or return our calls.

President Museveni in August inked a deal with the Kabaka for the return of the Kingdom’s properties worth billions of shillings, hoping it would end years of wrangling between his government and Mengo.

The properties to be returned include official estates for the Masaza, Amagombolola, properties of chiefs, markets, and a number of other properties that were taken by the provincial Government after the overthrow of the constitution of 1962.

It also covers the settlement of the outstanding arrears amounting to over Shs 20 billion and a number of other properties.

Government last month released shs2bn as part of its commitment to the return of the properties.

If Museveni thought such a decision would strengthen his relations with Buganda, he might be compelled to return to the drawing board.

The return of Buganda properties appears to have has emboldened Buganda officials to issue more demands including the Federal system of governance.

Museveni “cunning”

Nambooze told the audience during the conference held under a controversial theme: “Buganda eri mu Buwambe?” (“Is Buganda under occupation?”) that Museveni cannot be trusted and must therefore be squeezed to deliver on the kingdom’s demands.

“President Museveni is doing more or less the same. Yes, his government “reinstated” the Kabakaship but Buganda still has its historical demands which have not been met. We want a federal system of governance such that we can have bigger say and power on how we can utilize our resources to improve the livelihoods of our people and develop our great nation. We have the 9000 square miles that government is still holding onto. We have numerous assets that are yet to be returned to us,” said Nambooze.

“Why must we beg what rightly belongs to us? Why does the political leadership take us for granted?”

The lawmaker, who is well known for her harsh stance against government, thanked the Kabaka and the Katikkiro Charles Peter Mayiga for facilitating the MoU, saying “Indeed they did a great job and we must all applaud them; it is prudent for a man who lost a dozen cows to thieves to accept back three of these cows, so longer as no one makes him sign an agreement that receiving the three he ceases to own and claim the other remain nine.”

She cautioned that the celebrations should be “stayed” until government meets all its promises in the MOU.

“President Museveni, like you all know, is a very cunning politician. He always wants to maximize political capital whenever he is given an opportunity. I have suspicion that this may at worst be a strategy to derail, muddle and deflate the ever growing spirit of Buganda Nationalism.”

Nambooze recalled that after the 2006 elections, Museveni invited candidates who had participated in the presidential elections to State House in the meeting where he pledged to ensure that political parties work together.

According to the mortar-mouthed politician, Museveni said he would create a platform where political parties meet regularly to find solutions to the problems that affect the country and at the end of the meeting; he signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the leaders of the political parties as a framework for fulfilling these promises.

“To date, none of the conditions has been fulfilled. Little wonder that FDC’s Dr Kizza Besigye snubbed the meeting saying he did not want to be used by Museveni to legitimize his leadership.”

It remains unclear if Nambooze’s statements will define future relations between Buganda and the Central government but analysts will argue that Museveni still has a long way to go in appeasing the Kingdom.

Nambooze also warned that “as we navigate through this MOU we avoid crucifying our own because in so doing we would be playing in the hands of our enemy. We must avoid the creation of two sides; those who are for and those who are against the MOU.”


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