IGANGA, UGANDA: The Chief Magistrate of Iganga and Bugiri, His worship Daniel Kiboko Epebu has urged the new cabinet of Kigulu chiefdom in Busoga Kingdom to execute their work with diligence as they ensure accountability to their people and put ethics at the forefront which will help in steering good leadership.
HW Kiboko, who is also the acting Registrar Iganga High Court was on Saturday presiding over the swearing-in of a 24-member chiefdom cabinet which was recently appointed by the 26th Ngobi of Kigulu chiefdom Rtd Col Chris Mudoola. The function was held at the chiefdom headquarters in Iganga town along Nakigo Road.
“The new office bearers, first of whole I want to thank you so much for coming to the positions of responsibility. You’re now going to be accountable to your people and to all of us, as you do your work please ethics should be at the forefront. Ethics will drive us ahead,” Kiboko said.
The Chief Magistrate also tasked the new cabinet to lead people to development as reflected in Busoga Anthem by serving people diligently and doing work within their mandate.
“I was listening to Busoga Anthem and there is a stanza which talks about eradicating poverty, diseases and illiteracy, hence development. So when we do that, surely not only Kigulu but the whole region will develop. As you’re coming to the office please serve the people, do your work within your mandate as simple as that, you know your mandate and terms of reference and there will be no issues,” His worship Daniel Kiboko added.
The swearing-in ceremony started with the chiefdom prime minister Noah Wakabi alias Omulongo and his deputy Bateme Waiswa David.
Others were, education minister Kisame Herbert and his deputy Wabaire Harriet, minister agriculture prince Fr Mudoola and his deputy Kigenyi Hassan, trade minister Hajji Muwayi Ali and his deputy Elvis Atanaziraba, tourism minister Namugeere and her deputy Prince Benon Muwumba, chiefdom spokesperson Prince Kitaulwa Abraham, deputy minister for culture and clan affairs Kaaka Hussein, among others.
The state minister for agriculture and protocol in Busoga Kingdom Mr. Wakalali Matia, who represented Busoga Kingdom’s prime minister tasked the cabinet to operate on the principles of the Chiefdom and Kingdom as a whole. He also warned all princes and princesses in Kigulu against involving in offices beyond their mandate but always respecting authorities.
“I want to urge you that you should learn the history and what the Busoga constitution says. The prime minister of Busoga is the only person responsible for releasing a statement on behalf of Busoga Kingdom, so I want to request that even these cabinet members should know their respective roles. Don’t risk writing a letter when your prime minister hasn’t tasked you, neither should you do anything without informing the Ngobi of Kigulu Rtd Col Prince Chris Mudoola,” Mr Wakalali said.
This has come at a time when there is a disagreement from the family of the late Patrick Izimba Gologolo’s family who was the 25th Ngobi of Kigulu but died last year which led to various meetings by the princes and princesses in Kigulu chiefdom who resolved and appointed Prince Mudoola as the next Ngobi of Kigulu chiefdom.
However, the family of late Gologolo insists that Prince Gideon Gilbert Gologolo, the son of the deceased is the next Ngobi citing that such leadership is hereditary which is opposed to the decision which was reached at by the Chiefdom royals.
Rtd Col Chris Mudoola (Ngobi of Kigulu) urged all ministers to work together and said that unity will enable them to work for the chiefdom and Kingdom in general. He urged them to be transparent in whatever they do plus consulting before doing anything in line with their duties.
“I pledge to work with you and the Kingdom to serve our subjects but I implore you to work in unity and be transparent and trustworthy in whatever you do because people will speak everything about you if you’re not performing well but if you’re transparent and trustworthy, the truth will always surface. You should always consult before doing anything if we’re to take our leadership and this area to greater heights,” Rtd Col Mudoola said.
Meanwhile, DailyExpress has learnt that this position has not been hereditary from the beginning and the late Gologolo didn’t succeed his father but instead succeeded someone else from another house. We have also learnt that the clique from the late Gologolo’s family earlier appointed some members to steer their leadership but unfortunately on the day of swearing-in, a number of them shunned the occasion and others overturned the appointments.
The swearing was attended by among others, the Royals from other chiefdoms in Busoga, a representative from the Kingdom, MP Kigulu South Hon Milton Muwuma, NRM chairperson Iganga Hajji Walubi Abubakar and Iganga municipality mayor Bamu Lulenzi.
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