I don’t have any secret deals with Museveni – Mayiga

Buganda Kingdom premier (Katikkiro) Charles Peter Mayiga has denied having any “under the table” deals with President Yoweri Museveni.

Through his Twitter handle, Mayiga tweeted denying rumours that he is tipped to replace Bukoto Central MP Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi as Vice President.

” Rumors are ripe that am going to be appointed VP; that that’s the reason Pres M7 was hosted by Kabaka Mutebi at Banda Palace so the President might brief the King. I am not the next VP. Iam carrying out my duties as entrusted to me by the Kabaka. I don’t do under table deals,” Mayiga tweeted, signing off as CPM, an comfirmation that the tweet was by him, not his social media handlers.

The rumours started last week after President Museveni had a one-on-one chat with the Kabaka, Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II.

Museveni went to the Kabaka’s palace at Banda last Tuesday for a visit largely seen as intended to calm heart of the Baganda; a dominant ethnic group.

Museveni made a new commitment to pay nearly Shs 100 billion the government owes Buganda in compensation for the kingdom’s properties that were confiscated following the 1966 abolition of kingdoms.

The Kabaka has of recent been speaking critically against the government especially on issues of corruption and good governance.

And Kyadondo East MP, musician Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine had his concerts blocked by the police, Buganda gave him a platform to perform at its annual end of year festival Enkuuka at which he sung anti-government songs.

For many political pundits, Museveni could have visited the Kabaka to persuade the influential cultural institution not to give Bobi Wine the platform to challenge his 33-year-hold onto power.

But since Museveni’s tête-à-tête with the Kabaka was not open to the press, rumours spread that Museveni asked the Kabaka allow Mayiga take up appointment as Vice President.

A former fierce critic of the NRM establishment, Mayiga has since his appointment as Katikkiro in May 2013 developed a cordial working relationship with Museveni.

Out of their new found love, Mayiga negotiated the return of about 217 land titles of the Kingdom’s land that was held by the central government.

This followed the signing of the July 2013 agreement between Museveni on behalf of government, and the Kabaka on behalf of the kingdom.