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Col. Mudoola vies for Kyabazinga seat

By Vision Reporter

Added 11th September 2008 03:00 AM

THE former MP for Kigulu North in Iganga district, Lt. Col. (rtd) Chris Mudoola, has said he is the right chief of Kigulu and, therefore, eligible for the Busoga Kyabazinga (king) seat.

THE former MP for Kigulu North in Iganga district, Lt. Col. (rtd) Chris Mudoola, has said he is the right chief of Kigulu and, therefore, eligible for the Busoga Kyabazinga (king) seat.

By George Bita

THE former MP for Kigulu North in Iganga district, Lt. Col. (rtd) Chris Mudoola, has said he is the right chief of Kigulu and, therefore, eligible for the Busoga Kyabazinga (king) seat.

Mudoola criticised the rituals performed by his clansmate, Prince Patrick Izimba, on Kigulu hill on Tuesday, a day after the burial of Kyabazinga Wako Muloki.
“I am the clan leader of Buwoira in Kigulu North. There is even a High Court order that blocked his (Izimba’s) installation as chief (Ngobi) of Kigulu,” he said.

The colonel represented Kigulu North in parliament from 1996 to 2001 before Francis Mukama replaced him.
“My royal lineage speaks for itself and as a clan leader of the Abaise Ngobi, I’m well placed to lead the chiefdom,” Mudoola said.

On September 29, 2000, Izimba, alias Gologolo, was crowned as the head of Kigulu, although Mudoola had sought a court injunction to stop the ceremony.

Izimba said he descended from chief Izimba Ngobi, the 16th century son of the founding leader, Namutukula Mukama, and he possesses a set of ancient spears, drums, old photographs and the Namulondo of Kigulu.

“The Namulondo of Kigulu is not a public affair and cannot be discussed. It is a black throne in a secret location. If a non-royal looks at it, he leads a doomed life,” he said.

“Mudoola held a meeting at his home on Tuesday. He then planned another meeting at Musembya’s home in Iganga town on Thursday to draft a petition to the Katuukiro (primier) over my leadership.”

Izimba said the late Muloki organised a reconciliatory meeting between them in Nambaale sub-county after Mudoola went to court.

“Muloki sent a letter to Mudoola showing that I’m the rightful chief. Mudoola cannot dispute this,” he said.
Five royal families are eligible to field a candidate for the throne.

Meanwhile, Busoga information minister Michael Kifubangabo has blasted two clan chiefs who on Wednesday declared their support for one of the possible successors of Muloki.

Badru Ntembe of Butembe and Fred Menhya of Bugweri expressed their support for Prince Gabula Nadiope.

Kifubangabo said the Busoga constitution gave the Issabalangira (chief prince) powers to act as the king and organise the 11 chiefs to elect a new king in 90 days.

“It is an insult to the icon of Busoga, the late Wako Muloki, to begin discussing his succession in the press since this forum undermines the power of the Lukiiko that elects the Kyabazinga.”

Col. Mudoola vies for Kyabazinga seat

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