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Bafuruki won’t be evicted â€" govt

By Vision Reporter

Added 14th August 2009 03:00 AM

THE Government will not evict the Bafuruki (immigrants) from Bunyoro, information minister Kabakumba Masiko said yesterday. “The Government is working out a formula whereby the indigenous Banyoro and Bafuruki can co-exist,” she told journalists at the

THE Government will not evict the Bafuruki (immigrants) from Bunyoro, information minister Kabakumba Masiko said yesterday. “The Government is working out a formula whereby the indigenous Banyoro and Bafuruki can co-exist,” she told journalists at the

By Catherine Bekunda

THE Government will not evict the Bafuruki (immigrants) from Bunyoro, information minister Kabakumba Masiko said yesterday.

“The Government is working out a formula whereby the indigenous Banyoro and Bafuruki can co-exist,” she told journalists at the Media Centre, Kampala.

Kabakumba said the President’s letter was a guideline to the Beatrice Wabudeya committee on how to resolve the Banyoro-Bafuruki issues.

“It is unfortunate that it was misreported in the press and presented as if it was a final decision.” She explained that the Government would look at other documents, including the Kiyonga, Ruth Mukama and Ruhindi reports, as well as listen to various views on the Bunyoro issue before coming up with proposals to be considered by the Cabinet and Parliament.

“I call upon everybody to be part of the effort that is seeking a solution to the Bunyoro question instead of issuing misleading and reckless statements that incite the public,” she said.

“The Government is looking for better ways to handle land ownership, economic empowerment and self-governance in the region.”

Kabakumba, herself a Munyoro, then started talking as a local leader when she said: “We are not going to the bush to fight. We are simply asking for what belongs to us.”

She lectured journalists that Bunyoro, especially Kibaale district, was colonised twice, first by the British and then the Baganda. “Much as the administration of Kibaale went back to Bunyoro, the land was not returned and these are issues that need to be ironed out.”

Kabakumba expressed concern over what she called “a great influx of immigrants into the region”, attributing it to the fact that many anticipate to benefit from the oil loyalties.

“The Banyoro will demand a share of the oil money because of the side-effects of oil exploitation.”

She denied reports that the Government had received money from the UK as compensation for the injustices Britain inflicted on the Bunyoro kingdom during the colonial days.

“All I know is that the UK has never agreed to compensate Bunyoro.”

She said the kingdom intends to sue Britain and added that, according to lawyers, the kingdom has a good case.

Bafuruki won’t be evicted — govt

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