By Nathan Ngobi
Wilberforce Gabula Nadiope IV is still the ruling Kyabazinga of Busoga, a throne he sits on until death.
This is according to Busoga prime minister Dr. Joseph Muvawala, while responding to reports circulating on several social media platforms purporting that the Isebantu Wilberforce Gabula Nadiope IV was overthrown by 8 of the 11 chief royal council of Obwa Kyabazinga Bwa Busoga and replaced with Edward Columbus Wambuzi Muloki from the Zibondo family in Bulamogi.
Speaking to The Second Opinion publications, however, Dr. Muvawala said that whatever is being circulated on social media about the removal of Isebantu Wilberforce Gabula Nadiope IV are false and misleading the public .
“Wilberforce Gabula Nadiope IV is the legitimately elected Isebantu the Kyabazinga of Busoga and will rule till death according to the Busoga constitution,” Muvawala said.
He said that those dreaming of removing Wilberforce Gabula Nadiope IV from the throne are day-dreamers and called on the public to disregard the wrong information that Columbus Edward Muloki has replaced Gabula Nadiope.
On Friday, the woke up to disturbing ‘news’ on social media purportedly from a group of clan heads from Busoga, alleging the sacking of Nadiope IV.
According to the document written on 03rd Jan 2022 and circulated on social media, declaration states:- where as the chief Royal council in accordance with article 8 clause 2 (f) of the constitution of Obwa Kyabazinga Bwa Busoga unanimously with quorum of eight (8) hereditary royal Saza chiefs moved a VOTE OF NO CONFIDENCE in HRH William Wilberforce Nadiope IV , thereby removing him as the Isebantu Kyabazinga of Busoga.
Where as under article 8 clause 6 of the constitution of Obwa Kyabazinga Bwa Busoga, the chiefs royal council retain the running of the Obwa Kyabazinga bwa Busoga.
Aware that it is in the best interest of the Obwa Kyabazinga Bwa Busoga to all times have a resigning Isebantu Kyabazinga elected by the chiefs royal council in accordance with the constitution of Obwa Kyabazinga Bwa Busoga from among the eleven (11) chiefdoms.
The document further read that, now “therefore the chiefs royal council upon removal of HRH William Wilberforce Gabula Nadiope IV as sitting Isebantu Kyabazinga , unanimously reaffirm and declares HRH Edward Columbus Wambuzi Muloki the Zibondo of Bulamogi as the newly legitimate elected Isebantu Kyabazinga of Busoga as it were on 31st October 2008.”
The premier refuted the above documents and released a dossier calling all members of the public and the people of Busoga to disassociate themselves with such wrong information, disclosing that William Wilberforce Gabula Nadiope IV is still the Isebantu Kyabazinga of Busoga and working normally.
Meanwhile, a source from the ministry of Gender , labour and social development has rubbished the removal of Gabula Nadiope saying that they can not just wake up and throw him out of the throne.
“I know Gabula is still the Kyabazinga of Busoga and as the ministry we just guide them on policy matters but issues to do with removal is done by their cultural norms while as article 16 of the traditional and cultural act , they needed to go on ground to consult with the subjects and have minutes attached from all over Busoga before giving the Gender ministry their position,” said the source.
The source added that since their (usoga) constitution gives the reigning Kyabazinga to rule till death, then the Edward Columbus faction are wasting time in their battles.