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Luuka Chiefdom gets new cabinet as Tabingwa calls for collective efforts to develop Busoga

Luuka CHiefdom Cabinet members take their oath of due dilligence during the swearing-in ceremony held Saturday, October 07, at Kiyunga Saza Grounds in Luuka District

Luuka, (UG): The people of Luuka Chiefdom in Luuka district, Busoga Kingdom have been tasked to emphasize collective efforts towards development and avoid crashing amongst themselves.

This was revealed during the Tabingwa Day celebrations on Saturday, October 07, 2023, where the Chiefdom Head alias Tabingwa, HRH Willington Nabwana Inyhensiko IV launched Luuka parliament(Lukiiko) and swore in the new cabinet which will work with him.

The Tabigwa also sworn in the youths and elderly councils which will be in charge of designated responsibilities.

He called upon his subjects to appropriately nurture their children in a way which contributes positively to the community instead of running to the government every time for help.

The Tabingwa also said that a number of parents have abandoned their children in criminal activities yet they have a strong role to play.

“Security starts from your house and we know the bad elements in our villages, we know our children who don’t want to work but need free and shortcut money. Before we blame the government, we should collectively handle these issues as Luuka people and speak to our children,” HRH Inyhensiko said before calling upon people to work with the government since it was key in restoring the Tabingwa monarchy.

The Tabingwa also advised people in Luuka chiefdom not to abandon farming and refrain from despising jobs, tasking them to grow fruits and educate children since they have a large market and that the belt of Busoga supports mostly fruits and other crops like coffee, maize, pepper, etc saying it would be good if the least privileged home could have an income which gives a saving of 10k daily.

Luuka Chiefdom Premier, Mr Lwigo Daudi Igulu (in red garment) with some of the newly-sworn-in cabinet members

The newly sworn-in parliament of Luuka Chiefdom will be led by Dr. Balondemu David as the speaker and will operate under the stewardship of the Chiefdom Premier, Mr. Lwigo Daudi Igulu Isabirye.

Others sworn in for the different positions include; the Senior Advisor to Tabingwa on Education Al-hajj Prof Dr Muhamadi Lubega Kisambira, the Minister for Agriculture Mr. Isabirye Paul, minister for Tabingwa affairs Mr. Wagubi Patrick, finance minister Mr. Kipaalu George, Mr. Nagaya Meddy for youths and sports, among others.

The new cabinet and councils pledged to work wholeheartedly towards the common goal of fighting poverty and bringing unity to the chiefdom.

From L to R: The Tabingwa of Luuka, Speaker Dr Balondemu and his wife, Dr Lubega at the function

“It is time to stop words but embrace actions, let us come together and initiate a chapter where all of us with some abilities can identify people who have necessary academic credentials and strive to support them in getting jobs by speaking one voice,” Dr Balondemu said.

On behalf of Busoga Kingdom, the first deputy premier who doubles as the Uganda Muslim Supreme Council (UMSC) Chairman and now Senior Education Advisor to Tabingwa, Prof Dr Lubega challenged the people of Luuka to have accountability to the chiefdom in any capacity instead of sitting and expecting only from the chiefdom.

Prof Dr Muhamadi Lubega swearing-in as the senior advisor to Tabingwa on education affairs in Luuka Chiefdom at Kiyunga Saza Grounds on Saturday, October 07, 2023

Dr Lubega presented at least 63 nursing students from Luuka District who have benefited from his personal bursaries for the last seven years.

“My accountability is here with these 63 nurses from Luuka and they have benefitted from my personal money(about 684M) to study for the last seven years. They have also handled the health camp where at least 1,748 patients were treated in the three days. You may not do to this level but still, you can do something, however small it can be,” Dr Lubega said.

He also assured the people that the government is yet to surrender Busoga property and it’s their decision to have the process realized.

Dr Lubega flanked by some of the nurses and institute officials at Kitunga Saza Grounds on Saturday, October 07, 2023,

Dr Lubega credited Luuka Patriots Association (LUPA) where he’s the patron, for touching the lives of people in Luuka when they gave out welding machines to youths in town councils, supplied banana suckers and are now building eight self-contained double-room houses for medical workers at Kiyunga health centre IV, among others.

The function which was organized on the theme of fighting poverty in the chiefdom attracted a number of people who included the incoming Indian investors of Luuka district, the three members of parliament in the district; Hon Kyobe Luke Inyhensiko of Luuka North, Hon Kisa Stephen of Luuka South and the woman MP Hon Esther Mbayo who pledged support to the Tabingwa leadership in having the best Luuka for all.

The district leadership was led by chairperson LCV Mr. Wakaze Simon who doubles as the chairperson consortium for development in Busoga.

He told to the Tabingwa that the district is moving in unity and commended the initiators of Tabingwa celebrations for having a common voice and collective efforts during his reign, citing that the district is readily available to support the development initiatives of the Tabingwa monarchy.

A section of dignitaries who attended the celebrations at Kiyunga Saza grounds

A number of clan heads in Luuka chiefdom and other dignitaries from various chiefdoms attended the function including cultural leaders, political leaders and religious leaders led by the Bishop of Busoga central Rt Rev Patrick Wakula.

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