Museveni’s visit to Banda wasn’t political – Mayiga

Buganda Kingdom Katikkiro (Prime Minister) Charles Peter Mayiga has refuted claims that President Yoweri Museveni’s meeting with the Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II had something to do with the current political developments in the country.

Addressing journalists at Bulange, the seat of Buganda kingdom at Mengo near Kampala, Mayiga said that Museveni’s visit to Banda was a normal visit between two influential leaders in the country but without any political connotations.

“In my opinion, the Kabaka and President Museveni are perhaps the most influential leaders in the country, and it is inevitable that leaders meet and discuss different issues. The Kabaka meets Presidents, not only that Uganda but other presidents; he meets other kings from Uganda and outside Uganda. If leaders don’t meet, small issues can become big issues,” Mayiga said.

Museveni visited the Kabaka on February 5 for talks between the government and the kingdom’s delegations before the two principals held private talks which raised speculation in various circles that Museveni wanted to seek the Kabaka’s consent to for a possible appointment of Mayiga as Vice President.

Mayiga said that his new mandate at Mengo is confirmation that he is not about to leave the Katikkiroship thus any reports that he about to become Vice President are false.
Mayiga called the press conference to unveil the newly constituted lean Buganda cabinet that was announced last Friday.

“The Kabaka feels that the time has come for his ministers to concentrate on the duties assigned to them, ending the time of running the cabinet on the basis of volunteerism. The major reason is for service to the community because when you work as a volunteer, you may not allocate enough time to the work that has been entrusted to you,” Mayiga said.

The volunteers who served in past cabinets made a great contribution to the growth of the kingdom adding that the kingdom had realized that it was time to increase the level of service to improve on the output for each of the ministers.

He said this is the main reason why the Mengo cabinet was downsized from 35 ministers to 14 so that each minister superintends over a specific role with a view of enhancing service delivery.

He refuted claims that the Kabaka made the changes at the advice of President Museveni who two weeks ago visited the Kabaka’s palace at Banda.

“Of course the President does not nominate nor appoint the Kabaka’s cabinet; the Kabaka appoints his cabinet,” Mayiga said.