By Geoffrey Namukoye
The people in Kamuli district are envisaging a reign of tangible results and unity among Basoga after three goats at Budhumbula palace delivered ten kids on New Year’s Day.
One of them, named after Kyabazinga William Gabula Nadiope’s grandmother (Nansikombi), delivered an amazing five kids.
Catherine Nairuba, 87, who doubles as the eldest aunt to Gabula, was surprised by the births, saying it is something she had not witnessed in her life.
“This is a year of harvest for Busoga Kingdom,” she smiled as she cuddled the newly-born animals.
“Having ten kids on the first day of the year is an omen that does not need the interpretation of a fortune teller.”
Patrick Kabale, the care taker of the goats which have now increased to 34, said Nansikombi (the ‘miracle’ goat’) was given to Gabula as a gift after attending a funeral of a relative in Bugembe.
“From the time this goat arrived here, it has been delivering between two and three [kids], but today it has produced five,” he was visibly delighted.
The elderly Catherine Nairuba attends to Nansikombi and the kids
Meanwhile, people have been streaming to Budhumbula palace to have a glimpse of the goats after the news was broadcast on local radio stations.
The head of royal clans in Bugabula and Budiope County, Henry Woira Kitimbo, associated the occurrence to the need for unity.
“Ten kids on one day relate to the unity among the ten hereditary chiefs who elected William Gabula Nadiope IV as the Kyabazinga of Busoga,” he said.
“We now invite Columbus Wambuzi [who did not participate in the election last year] to join the ten chiefs so that Busoga can move as one.”
Meanwhile, William Gabula Nadiope IV who is in the United Kingdom for studies has advised that an alternative source of milk be provided to the kids if chances of undernourishment are to be eliminated.
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Kyabazinga ‘miracle’ goat delivers five