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Minister Kitutu, Bugisu Cultural Leaders Disagree On Umkhuka

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By Denis Wetondo

 

MBALE

 

 

Inzu YaBamasaaba delegates from Mwambu clan have unanimously opposed Minister Mary Goretti Kitutu’s proposal of having fresh elections for Umkhuka III.

 

Kitutu who is the Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources and Woman MP Manafwa district suggested on Sunday 4th April, 2021 that Masaba cultural institution should conduct fresh elections to get a legitimate Umukuka.

 

She was speaking at the burial of the daughter of Simon Mulongo, former MP for Bubulo East Constituency at Bumbo Sub County.

 

Kitutu’s suggestion follows the continuous struggle for the Cultural seat between the two factions of Mike Jude Mudoma and John Amuram Wagabyalile.

 

She argued that fresh elections will be the best solution to the current conflict which has led to delay of gazzetting a new Umukuka.

 

However, while speaking to the Media yesterday in a press conference at Mutufu Town Council offices, Steven Gidudu, the chairperson of Mwambu clan said they are not ready to repeat the elections.

 

He added that delegates from the three clans of Mwambu, Mubuya and Wanale elected Mike Mudoma as the third Umukuka in December last year.

 

“Mudoma was elected to succeed the late Bob Mushikori whose five year term had ended in that very month so we have no reason to conduct fresh elections,” Gidudu said.

 

Ambrose Nagimesi, also a delegate added that they have tried severally to write to the Ministry of Gender Labour and Social Development, informing them that Mudoma is the truly elected legal cultural leader but up to now the ministry has delayed to gazette him over unknown reasons.

 

He also warned that if government does not gazette Mudoma in the next 10 days, they are going to match up to State House to demand an explanation.

 

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