Minister of Gender, Labour and Social Development Hon. Frank Tumwebaze, has advised the two conflicting factions in the Bugisu Cultural Institution to harmonize and choose one leader who will lead the Institution or none of them will be gazetted.
For close to three years now, two rival factions; one affiliated to the former leader, the late Sir Bob Mushikori and another to the institution Chairperson of Governing Board Stephen Mungoma have been engaged in power struggles over the next leader and third Umukuuka.
The two factions elected leaders of their choices, where Mungoma’s side elected Jude Mike Mudoma in October 2020, while Mushikori’s side elected John Amram Wagabyalile in December 2020.
This bred fresh endless wrangles within the institution on who the rightful leader was.
Although Mudoma was confirmed as the legitimate leader by the government two weeks ago, his gazetting has delayed due to what the ministry termed as continuous petitions.
Tumwebaze in the April 6, letter he addressed to the two elected leader (Mudoma and Wagabyalire), noted that the petitions and counter petitions which his Ministry have been receiving on the matter clearly indicate “that there is no consensus as of to-date on who should be installed or gazzetted as the next Umukuuka III- the Cultural leader of Inzu Ya Masaaba (IYM).”
“In a view of the continued conflict and disagreement on the legitimate Cultural leader of IYM, I will not publish in the National Gazette as required by law any person as the cultural leader of IYM until you provide documentary evidence that both of you have built consensus on who should be the cultural leader,” he said partially in the letter seen by ChimpReports.
Tumwebaze told the two leaders that should they fail and continue to disagree on who should be the cultural leader of IYM, he guides that they exhaust all possible procedures of conflict/dispute resolution as provided for under Section 16 (1) and (2) of the Institution of Traditional or Cultural Leaders Act 2011.
“Any decision on publication in the National Gazette and the Installation of that leader not done in accordance with the law is null and void, and I advise your both factions to note this and comply,” he said.
The Minister’s guidance comes at a time when tension has been building within the institution
A few days after a section of youth matched to the institution headquarters, protesting the government’s confirmation of Mudoma as the Umukuuka, Mudoma’s side also held a press briefing where they threatened to match to State House after ten days if the government failed to gazette him in time.
Tumwebaze asked the leaders to reach out to him in case they need him to mediate between them.
“I finally wish to appeal to both of you to calm down your respective supporters and allow the due process of conflict resolution to take place to its final conclusion,” he said.