Kyabazinga clears air on kingdom land, assures subjects ‘it is not for sale’

Kyabazinga of Busoga, HRH William Nadiope Gabula IV, addressing subjects at his 9th coronation in Kigulu, Iganga District on Wednesday, September 13, 2023

Iganga, (UG): The Kyabazinga of Busoga, His Majesty William Wilberforce Gabula Nadiope Kadhumbula IV has assured his subjects that the Kingdom’s land cannot be sold as it has recently been rumoured.

The comments from the Kyabazinga come amid reports that had earlier this month emerged accusing the royals of selling part of the Kingdom’s land found in Jinja to some individuals.

The Kyabazinga who was clad in ekanzu (read tunic) and a blue garment with a crown at his 9th coronation anniversary in Kigulu Chiefdom on Wednesday said that he only has the sole mandate to permit any development on the land asserting that the land can only be leased to development partners but not individuals.

“I have a special announcement and it goes that the kingdom of Busoga does not sell land and I want to publicly put it clear today that the kingdom only leases land. There is no individual lease among the leases that have been done except for the development partners of the kingdom and I call upon any of you to come and get leases on these lands and establish factories or anything in order to create jobs for our people,” Kyabazinga announced at the coronation ceremony on Wednesday at Namungalwe Saza grounds, Namungalwe sub-county, Iganga district.

He added; “I’m the only one with authority to give out land in Busoga Kingdom because I represent the whole Busoga. What I do is to give express powers of patron to the Katuukiro alone, and they are also registered in Uganda Registration Services Bureau (URSB).”

The Kyabazinga of Busoga, HRH William Wilberforce Nadiope Gabula IV, at his 9th coronation in Kigulu, Iganga District on Wednesday, September 13, 2023

The Kyabazinga also urged people in Busoga to plant various species of trees as a way of preserving the environment plus getting herbs for medication, based on the year’s coronation theme of benefitting from the environment through planting trees for fruits and herbs. He also rallied his subjects to plant crops for food and commercial purposes.

“I call upon you to plant trees wherever you reside like at schools, churches, health centres, Saza grounds, sub-county headquarters and at our homes. This will enable us to preserve our environment and I also call upon you to grow crops for food and commercial purposes,” HRH Gabula said before urging youths to be involved in development activities like business, agriculture, education and above all to explore their talents.

Busoga Prime Minister, Dr Joseph Muvawala Nsekere arriving at the Kyabazinga’s 9th coronation in Kigulu, Iganga District on Wednesday, September 13, 2023

At the colourful function, the Busoga Kingdom Prime Minister, Dr Joseph Muvawala Nsekere flagged with his deputies Al-hajj Prof Dr Muhamadi Lubega Kisambira and Hajj Osman Noor Ahmed, unveiled on behalf of the Kyabazinga, a 25-member organizing committee for November 18, 2023 wedding ceremony of Kyabazinga and Inebantu HRH Mutesi Jovia which will be held at Christ Cathedral church in Bugembe-Jinja.

The committee will be led by Eng. Patrick M. Batumbya, assisted by Mr. Tibalira Martin while the special assignments of Kyabazinga at the function will be managed by the executive director KCCA Ms. Dorothy Kisaka.

The prime minister of Busoga will provide guidance to the committee and Rt Hon Kadaga will coordinate all the elected officials. He also unveiled the Centenary Bank Acc No 3100095955 (Jinja Branch) to support the ceremony.

The First Deputy Prime Minister, Rt Hon Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga (L), reads the message from President Museveni at Kyabazinga’s coronation function

On behalf of the government, the First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for East Africa Affairs, Rt Hon Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga, read the message from President Museveni who commended the Kyabazinga for steering good leadership of his people characterized by peace and unity and he congratulated him upon the 9th coronation anniversary.

“Your Royal Highness, I want to use this occasion to commend your steadfast and visionary leadership since assigned Kyabazingaship. I’m happy to observe that your readership is characterized by unity, peace and a good population with a relationship with the NRM government. I thank you for utilizing your cultural influence and position to unite the people of Busoga,” part of the president’s message read.

“This 9th coronation will be memorable because of the wonderful news which we received this month and I congratulate you and the kingdom upon getting Her Royal Highness the Inhebantu of Busoga and I wish you a successful wedding in November,” the President’s message further read.

H.E Museveni emphasized the government’s commitment to restoring kingdoms, a move aimed at recognizing the achievements of our ancestors and underscored the importance of preserving local languages, which are the legacy of early Africans, and commended cultural leaders for their pivotal role in mobilizing communities for development.

The head of state further urged local leaders in all affiliations to join hands and mobilize for total transformation of societies where economic growth can be realized at households through commercial agriculture and other activities.

The Kyabazinga of Busoga and Hon Kadaga pose in a group photo with religious leaders at the 9th coronation function in Kigulu, Iganga District on Wednesday, September 13, 2023

In her own speech, Hon Kadaga assured the people of Busoga that the matter of Inebantu was sealed while calling upon those trying to resist her to be calm. Kadaga was compelled to mention the lineage of the Inhebantu to prove to those who doubt her tribe.

“We want to thank the Kyabazinga for getting Inebantu, so that issue was sealed and we call upon those trying to resist to be calm wherever they are. And I want to confirm to you that Inebantu is a pure Musoga fathered by Mr Stanley Bayoole who is as well fathered by Mr Samuel Bayoole Kabbale in Mayuge district,” Rt Hon Kadaga said before adding that the mother of the Inebantu is a daughter to Mr Bogere of Kitovu, Imanyiro sub county in Mayuge district.

The theme of this year’s coronation celebrations was; “Benefiting the Environment Through Tree Planting,” with the Kyabazinga calling upon all communities, including schools, churches, hospitals, and subcounty headquarters, to actively participate in tree planting initiatives as a response to growing concerns about climate change.

A section of people who attended the Kyabazinga’s 9th coronation in Kigulu, Iganga District on Wednesday, September 13, 2023

The coronation attracted a number of dignitaries on the event day, who included among others the Uganda Vice President Emeritus Specioza Wandera Kazibwe, Hajjat Hadijja Namyalo;- the Special Presidential Advisor on Political Affairs who also doubles as the National Coordinator in the Office of the National Chairman (ONC) and Ms Lydia Wanyoto, the Chairperson of the NRM Women’s league.

Others included; the Ngobi of Kigulu Rtd Col Chris Mudoola and the Chief Prince of Kigulu Chiefdom Hajj Kyeyago Ismael, popular events promoter and MK Movement NEC member, Mr. Balamu Byarugahare, religious, political and cultural leaders from Busoga and beyond.

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Some of the members of the Busoga Royal Council at the function

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