The Omukama of Bunyoro Solomon Gafabusa Iguru has distanced himself from a cabinet reshuffle that was announced in a letter purportedly signed by him early this week.
A letter containing a full list of the new cabinet was circulated in the local media and on social media on Monday, claiming that the Omukama had sacked eight ministers including Xavier Kiiza, the first deputy prime minister.
The same list had indicated that the Omukama appointed veteran politician and former second deputy prime minister of Uganda, Henry Muganwa Kajura, as advisor on palace affairs. The list also had former minister Kasirivu Atwooki as advisor on land matters and former Permanent secretary in the ministry of energy and mineral development Fred Kabagambe Kalisa as advisor on Oil and Gas.
On Wednesday, two days after the list had come out, there were rumours that the Omukama had fired his prime minister Norman Lukumu, whom the first document had maintained in the position. This had caused tensions around the kingdom prompting the Omukama and the prime minister to address the press on Thursday evening.
Omukama Iguru told the media that Norman Lukumu remains the prime minister and asked the subjects to work and support him in building the kingdom.
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In the purported reshuffle, it was claimed that the Omukama had appointed Harriet Businge Mugenyi as first deputy prime minister replacing Xavier Kiiza. But Iguru said it is against Bunyoro tradition for him to do that.
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He has since fired Jonan Atuhura, his principal private secretary who is alleged to have issued the cabinet reshuffle list and replaced him with Prince Richard Kitehimbwa.
Norman Lukumu, the Prime minister said that there has not been any cabinet reshuffle but there is a plan to reduce the cabinet to a manageable but efficient number. The Bunyoro cabinet has about 30 ministers.
Lukumu said that there is already a team investigating forgeries in the kingdom.
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Lukumu has ordered for more security around the palace in Hoima town in order to secure the life of the king adding that an intruder in Masindi palace is already in custody.
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Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom palace is being guarded by the Uganda People's Defense Forces with presence of few traditional royal guards locally known as Abarusura.