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Umukhukha saga: Bugisu has no Umukhukha, says Gender Minister Amongi

Betty Amongi Ongom  the minister of  Gender, Labour and Social Development  says that Government does not recognize both Wagabyalire John Amran and Jude Mike Mudoma as Umukhukha for Inzu Yabamasaba cultural institution.

According to  Betty Amongi, Bugisu has no cultural leader or Umukhukha for Inzu Yabamasaba  and anyone performing  cultural functions does it on his own but not as Government legitimate cultural leaders (Umukhukha).

Speaking to The Second Opinion minister Amongi disclosed that the two Bugisu cultural leaders Wagabyalire and Mudoma  were both elected wrongly and that it is why Government tasked Mbale RCC Ahamed Washaki to reach out to stakeholders in the mediation process to try to come up  with better solution for the long time cultural leadership conflict.


“Government does not recognize any of the factions claiming the leadership  of Inzu Ya Bamasaba and has NOT Gazzetted any of them, while the two parties are advised to follow the legal opinion of the Solicitor General and Attorney General in resolving their disputes before  my ministry gazettes the legitimate cultural leader,” Minister Betty Amongi Ongom told the Second Opinion.

She added that if the community of Bamasaba cultural institution through the clan leaders or council of Elders is not able to resolve the dispute under their norms and traditions of Bamasaba culture, then the parties can seek court redress.

According to minister Betty Amongi, the two leaders’ elections were illegal as interpreted by the Solicitor General’s letter.


Wagabyalire Amran John’s election was conducted in December 2020 when the term of office of the organs of the Inzu Ya  Bamasaba had lapsed on 15th October 2020. This  makes his election invalid, while as Mudoma Jude Mike  who was elected in the right time. He is however troubled because there was a court order stopping any Inzu election during that time.

RCC Washaki asks for more time

Mbale RCC Ahamed Washaki has asked the minister of Geneder, labour and Social Development betty Amongi Ongom  to give more time for him to reach out to all people from both parties involved in the Bugisu’s Inzu cultural fight.

Minister Betty Among Ongom in her Dec 02nd 2021 letter to Mbale RCC asked him to mediate the Inzu factions leadership battles, giving a deadline of 15th Jan 2022 for him (RCC) to give the ministry a report of his findings.

However Washaki last week requested the minister to give him more time claiming that some members from one rival group have been slow in turning up  to attend the ongoing  mediation process.

He also noted that some people who turned up at the mediation Centre (Elgon Parace Hotel, Mbale)  for a meeting were not the right persons, not invited, illegal whom the ministry  did not specify to reach out. He says this disorganized time and  delayed the process somehow.

“Some purported clan heads were not invited but tried to sneak in the meeting to disorganize  us. That is how we threw them out,” Said Washaki.

Wepondi reacts:

According to Wepondi,   he gave  RCC Washaki the list of clan chairpersons but to his shock,  the list was rejected .

However his Wagabyalire side are eager to see outcome of the Washaki report.

Efforts to reach out on both Mudoma and Wagabyalire  by press time failed as they were not picking calls.

Wagabyalire is said to be on a tour in Canada.

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