Chaos erupts over a motion to erect a monument of Rwenzururu Kingdom’s first King

By Obed Kithende

Chaos ensued at a council sitting at Central Division over a motion to erect a monument of Rwenzururu Kingdom’s first King Isaya Mukirania Kibanzanga at the Roundabout in Kasese town.

A private member’s motion seeking council to adopt the erection of a monument of the inaugural King was to be presented by Jane Biira, the councilor representing Kidodo cell, however, to their dismay; the matter did not appear on the order paper.

Biira says she submitted the motion to the office of the clerk on 18th of this month and thus was surprised that the speaker had not enlisted it for discussion on the order paper.

This prompted a section of councillors led by the Central Division Chairperson to storm out of council. Others included Jane Biira, Tadozio Kabugho from Nyakabingo cell and Jimmy Bwambale from Kikonzo cell.

The proponent of the motion wondered why the speaker did not consider as very important a matter that speaks to the promotion of the identity of their electorate, culture and tourism.

As for Todozio Kabugho and the other councillors argue that the speaker could be harbouring sinister motives and thus the reason he seems blocking a motion to have the monument erected.

Martin Safari the Central Division chairperson says he will ensure the monument is erected during his tenure at the helm of the division without fail. Safari appeals to the speaker to prioritize any matters that relate to the ethnic identity of the people.

Martin Safari the Kasese Central Division chairperson.

Attempts by the speaker Medard Muramuzi to convince the members to return to the house were futile that even a 15-minute adjournment did not yield fruits. Council was later to resume with a paltry 10 members out of the 22.

Speaking to the media after the sitting, Muramuzi claimed that the motion for the erection of the monument had not been submitted to his office in time.

He also accused the councillors who walked out of the house of indiscipline. Earlier, he had also directed the clerk to council not to issue allowances to councillors who had walked out of council in protest.

Kasese Woman MP Florence Kabugho during her parliamentary campaigns pledged to have the inaugural king’s monument erected in Kasese town says she is only waiting on the resolution of council to fulfill her pledge.

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