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Unity Call as Busoga Marks 78 Years of Kyabazingaship

Busoga subjects are calling for unity and promotion of cultural values as the institution of Kyabazinga marks 78 years of existence today. The Kyabazinga Day dates back to 1939 when 11 hereditary chiefs from the chiefdoms that make Busoga adopted the title of Isebantu Kyabazinga as the titular head of all the royal chiefs. Ezekiel Tenywa Wako, the chief of Bulamogi, took over as the first Kyabazinga of Busoga.

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Busoga subjects are calling for unity and promotion of cultural values as the institution of Kyabazinga marks 78 years of existence today.

The Kyabazinga Day dates back to 1939 when 11 hereditary chiefs from the chiefdoms that make Busoga adopted the title of Isebantu Kyabazinga as the titular head of all the royal chiefs. Ezekiel Tenywa Wako, the chief of Bulamogi, took over as the first Kyabazinga of Busoga. The eleven chiefs all have their roots in the Biito dynasty in Bunyoro Kitara Empire.

From Tenywa, the Kyabazinga's throne kept changing hands between his son Henry Wako Muloki and the Bugabula Chief, Sir William Wilberforce Kadhumbula Nadiope who also served as Uganda's vice president between 1963 and 1967. This same year, kingdoms were abolished and there was an interregnum of 26 years until their restoration in 1993. Muloki was reinstalled as Kyabazinga until his death in December 2008.

Andrew Kigenyi Wansolo, the state minister for culture in Busoga says that the kingdom remembers this day with admiration of the great works of the Kyabazingas  of Busoga. He notes that the day brings all the Basoga putting their differences aside to celebrate their heritage.

He says that since the death of Kyabazinga Henry Wako Muloki in 2008, the day has been celebrated in low-key ceremonies. It was further affected by the six-year long impasse over who takes over the throne between Muloki's son Columbus Wambuzi and Sir Nadiope's grandson, current Kyabazinga William Nadiope Gabula IV.

Kigenyi also notes that unlike the previous kings who led the kingdom by word based at the Kingdom headquarters in Bugembe Town Council, Jinja district, the reigning king William Nadiope Gabula IV seeks to take the kingship to the people.

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Amina Nabalongo, a resident of Namulesa speaks about the day with passion. She notes that the day is a time for self-reflection about the culture, values and traditions of the Basoga as a people.

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She however notes that the kingdom has a big role in re-orienting the youth about the values and culture as Basoga. She says that the kingdom should come up with campaigns to reduce teenage pregnancies, school dropouts and promote love for their heritage.

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This year's Kyabazinga Day will be held at Namutumba district headquarters in the hereditary chiefdom of Busiki under the theme, “Obusoga Okwisanhia N'amaani” literally meaning Unity is the Strength of Busoga.

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