As Busoga Kingdom commemorated 5 years of Kyabazinga William Wilberforce Kadhumbula Gabula IV on Friday at Butagaya sub-county headquarters in Jinja District, the Kyabazinga, His Majesty William Gabula Nadiope, IV notified his audience of Busoga’s readiness to utilise its yet to be returned assets and properties from the central government.
In his address, the King elaborated on the achievements in the last five years making it inevitable for the Kingdom to be financially stable to sustain the different initiatives embarked on.
“We have started and initiated several programs. We started the bursary scheme supporting needy but bright students, Ekigangu kya Busoga for the youth, Masaza cup, Kyabazinga trail, water distribution to schools, planting of trees and the demand for the service is enormous. However, we need to be stable financially to manage all of them”, the Kyabazinga noted adding that it’s high time government expedited the process of returning Busoga’s assets and properties.
“We appreciate government’s good will to return “ebyaiffe” as this will boost on our economic potential. However, I ask that let the process be expedited to quicken the process as all proceeds from the different properties of the Kingdom will be reimbursed towards the institutions’ development”, the King emphasized to the total amusement of the audience.
Flanked by his special guest of the day, Lt. Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba, the Kyabazinga also appealed to the youth to be exemplary and work hard in the promotion of unity and development. Earlier, the Kyabazinga toured the different stalls and later moved around waving to his enthusiastic guests. He also sounded the different cultural drums as a ritual for all cultural functions in the Kingdom.
On her part, the speaker of parliament, Rt.Hon.Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga noted that Busoga is now stable with a King and focus is now on development of the sub-region.
“We are privileged to have a developmental oriented leader who is determined to take our Kingdom to greater heights”, she said noting that as current leaders, she will ensure that the Ambercoat-Budondo-Mbulamuti road is tarmacked sooner than later and other roads.
The Kingdom’s Premier, Owek. Joseph Muvawala (Ph.D) thanked all the people of Busoga and partners for supporting the institution.
“The 5 years of the Kyabazinga’s reign have been a success and the sky seems to be the limit. We thank the people of Busoga for the support always”, the Premier flanked by his deputies Owek. Muhammad Lubega and Owek. Ahmed Noor Osman and cabinet ministers said revealing that he is under instruction to swear in the new Busoga Lukiiko in two weeks time.
A delegation from all over the World led by Gail McKenzie Alison also prayed for the King and committed to support the King and his Kingdom in community projects like water, health, youth among others.
Several dignitaries attended including the Umukhuka from Mbale, Royal Chiefs, MPs, RDCs, LCV Chairpersons, Clan heads, general public, partners among others.
The event was sponsored by MTN Uganda, Uganda Breweries under the theme; “Preparing a youth based on Busoga cultural norms and Virtues” with several pre-coronation activities like community dialogue on teenage motherhood, the Masaza cup, Gabula day, Health camp, Farmers forum and agricultural exhibition, boat race and the Kyabazinga tour of Bugabula BB Chiefdom.