Namuganza, Busoga row deepens.
The disagreement between Lands state minister Persis Namuganza with Busoga MPs escalated on Friday with the group ‘expelling’ the minister. Some 13 Busoga MPs endorsed the resolution which was passed on Friday at the Government Chief Whip’s boardroom at Parliament House.
Namuganza had been summoned to appear before the caucus to explain the statements she is alleged to have threatened to kill the Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga, and, insulting the Kyabazinga of Busoga, William Gabula Nadiope IV but she snubbed the meeting.
She allegedly made the utterances while addressing her constituents at Ivukula in Bukono County, Namutumba district.
She is also said to have told her constituents to pelt Nadiope with stones the moment he sets foot in Bukono.
Bukooli Central MP Guster Mugoya who read a statement on behalf of the Busoga Caucus said, the group had decided to expel Namuganza from the caucus and also restrict her activities to Bukono, her constituency.
“We are subsquently writing to all local governments in Busoga asking them not to allow Princess Namuganza attend any public functions in their areas of jurisdiction,” Mugoya said.
He said, the group had also resolved to institute disciplinary and criminal proceedings against the minister.
The caucus has a membership of 32 MPs but the majority of them including Moses Balyeku its chairperson were conspicuously absent.
Only 14 attended the meeting but Mugoya and Mariam Naigaga, the Namutumba Woman MP blamed the absence of their colleagues to the on going campaigns in the Jinja Municipality East by-elections.
Kaliro Woman MP Margaret Mbeiza stormed out of the meeting.She reportedly disagreed with some of the resolutions.
“That is healthy,” Mugoya said, “We disagreed on how we notify the president.”
The bad blood between the minister and Kadaga stems from the Speaker’s recent visit to Bukono to install a chief that Namuganza doesn’t agree to. Bukono is one of the 11 chiefdoms that make up Busoga Kingdom.
Namuganza felt that Kadaga had undermined her by visiting the chiefdom without informing her as the area member of Parliament.
“This is my constituency so I have a strong stake in Bukono leadership. Is she a cultural leader to come and preside over the reinstatement when we are not even yet done with the last funeral rites of the Bukono leader? If she wants to be a cultural leader, give her back clothes and let her start initiating cultural functions,” Namuganza said last week.
She also accused Kadaga of imposing on Busoga an “illiterate” Kyabazinga.
Namuganza backs Prince Edward Columbus Wambuzi, the Zibondo of Bulamogi. Wambuzi is the hier to the late Kyabazinga Henry Wako Muloki.
Namuganza has gone ahead to recognise Wambuzi as the true Kyabazinga of Busoga to the ire of the kingdom officials that have called for her boycott.
This has also opened up a new battle front for Namuganza. Sooner than later, she may have to fight for her political survival after a whistleblower petitioned the Inspectorate of Government over her academic credentials.
Should the IGG find her academic documents wanting, Namuganza will lose her ministerial job.