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Bugweri Prince distances Chiefdom from purported apology to Among over Mufumbiro’s comments

A Photo Collage of Speaker Anita Among and NUP deputy spokesperson, Alex Waisswa Mufumbiro. PHOTOS/ COURTESY/ FILE

Bugweri, (UG):- The Chief Prince Busoga Kingdom who doubles as the Menha (Chiefdom Prince) of Bugweri chiefdom, HRH Nkuutu Samuel Zirabamuzaale has distanced himself and the Chiefdom from the letter circulating on social media purportedly apologizing to the Speaker of parliament Rt. Hon Anita Annet Among over the comments recently made against the Speaker at a burial ceremony in Bugweri district.

On Thursday last week, the NUP Deputy Spokesperson Mr Waiswa Alex Mufumbiro speaking at the burial of Ramathan Waiswa, a younger brother to Bugweri constituency legislator, Abdu Katuntu boldly asked Hon Among to back off former Speaker and now First Deputy Premier, Rt. Hon Alitwala Rebecca Kadaga from Parliament Wars whom he said many in the sub-region refer to as “Mama Busoga”, or loosely translated as the “Mother of Busoga”.

“As I conclude my speech, we in Busoga are pro-Kadaga, I want to say this because most of you fear (speaking out). Whenever there are issues, stop indulging Kadaga because you ousted her and confined her to her constituency.

“Stop accusing her of shortcomings she has nothing to do with, I am just requesting that from you. Hon Anita Among, leave Mama Kadaga alone, do your work, make money, leave Mama (Kadaga),” Mr Mufumbiro said to applause from mourners.

The NUP boss also accused Speaker Among, who was the chief mourner and her associates of involvement in corruption, something he said has affected service delivery in the country and Busoga in particular.

READ HERE: NUP’s Mufumbiro tells Speaker Among to back off Kadaga in parliament wars

Following the comments made by Mufumbiro, a section of leaders, 30 in number, purportedly from Bugweri Chiefdom in a letter dated Friday, April 05, sent in an apology to the Speaker of Parliament condemning the statements saying they embrace leaders irrespective of age, sex and or tribes.

“We the ministers, Abamagombolola (sub-county chiefs in culture) and clan leaders of Bugweri chiefdom take our sincere apology on the statement made by Alex Waiswa Mufumbiro during the burial of Counsel Waiswa Ramathan. We would like to condemn it with the strongest terms possible as Obwa Menyha, we respect and embrace all leaders irrespective of their tribes, sex, age, among others,” the apology letter, copy of which DailyExpress has seen reads in part.

Led by the Third Deputy Katuukiro, Mr Mugwisa Mwamad, the chiefs said Mr Mufumbiro acted as an individual, and they, therefore, apologise to Ms Among for what happened and hope to meet her in person for an “explanation”

READ HERE: Bugweri Chiefdom apologise to Speaker Among over NUP’s Mufumbiro comments

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Bugweri Chief distances self from apology letter

However, a new twist has now emerged after the CHief Prince in a letter dated April 08, 2024, addressed to the general public of the Busoga Kingdom and Bugweri Chiefdom in particular distanced themselves from Mugwisa’s letter regarding it as untrue and not coming from their office.

“We as the chiefdom of Bugweri under the Obwa Kyabazinga bwa Busoga, it has come to our knowledge that there’s a letter on social media claiming an apology on behalf of Bugweri chiefdom. This is not true and we distance ourselves from such issues,” the letter which didn’t specify details of the apology reads in part.

In the letter, a copy of which DailyExpress has exclusively seen, the cultural institution claims not to be involved in any matter of politics and that whoever tried to take them into politics was personating their true image.

“Therefore, we are not part of it and please whoever tries to take us into politics is personating our true image. We are a cultural institution not involved in any matter of politics. We are warning anybody to stop using our chiefdom-headed paper in such matters and misrepresenting Obwa Menha Bwa Bugweri,” the letter added.

The Chief Prince’s letter comes hours after the Prime Minister of Bugweri, Mr. Godfrey Nabongo earlier on had refuted the information in the purported letter and promised that the chiefdom would give their stand on the matter today Monday.

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“I have seen this document signed and circulated on social media, but it is fake and not giving a position of the chiefdom; I am actually preparing a response,” Mr Nabongo said, adding that there is no such a position of “Third deputy Prime Minister or Katuukiro” in Bugweri chiefdom hierarchy as alleged by Mr Mugwisa, whom he described as “an impostor”.

“I do not have that position (Third Deputy Prime Minister or Katuukiro) in the cabinet I appointed. The Mugwisa group is looking for “survival” from the Speaker of parliament, but not representing the views of the chiefdom,” he emphasised.

Nabongo, however, acknowledged knowing Mr Mugwisa as a member of the chiefdom’s leadership, but with different roles, which he declined to reveal.

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