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Two Kyabazinga boys bury hatchets, pledge to work together

(Last Updated On: 15 August 2022)

Osman told the duo that the Kyabazinga HRH William Wilberforce .K. Nadiope Gabula IV wants a united and peaceful people who can actively participate in anti-poverty activities.


By Nelly Otto

Jinja – August 15, 2022: The call by the Kyabazinga of Busoga HRH William Wilberforce K Nadiope Gabula continues to yield fruits as many of the subjects in leadership positions continue to mend fences.

Since assuming office in 2014, the Kyabazinga has consistently preached unity, reconciliation, poverty alleviation, and hard work as virtues that will stimulate growth and development.

Just like they say in politics there are no permanent friends or enemies but permanent interests, so Jinja Mayor Peter Alton Kasolo Okocha has reconciled with councilor Richard Mbazira putting to rest a one-year conflict that has stalled service delivery.

The conciliatory meeting, held in Magwa Ward, Jinja City was initiated and mediated by the Busoga kingdom Deputy Prime Minister (Katukiro) Ahmed Noor Osman over the weekend.

It was witnessed by the City Speaker Bernard Mbayo and councilor Twahil Ddamulira, a close friend of Kasolo right from Baba FM,(owned by former Jinja East MP Moses Grace Balyeku) where they worked together as presenters.

“…for the sake of peace and harmony, we have resolved to forget the past and work together because our mandate is to enhance service delivery to the residents who voted us into these officers…” Mbazira who represents Jinja Southern East commented.


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On his part, Kasolo hailed Osman for the initiative saying their reconciliation was premised on the common understanding of a bigger goal of ensuring that the residents get services.

Osman told the duo that the Kyabazinga HRH William Wilberforce .K. Nadiope Gabula IV wants a united and peaceful people who can actively participate in anti-poverty activities.

Using the kingdom motto which says, “…Busoga Okwisania na Amani,” loosely translated to mean “Unity Is Strength”, Osman challenged Kasolo to lead by example to bring on board every stakeholder.

This comes a few weeks after some of the warring politicians like the former Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga, Eastern FDC Vice President Proscovia Salaam Musumba, and former Secretary General Justine Kasule Lumumba resolved their differences in a ceremony held in Iganga.

A bitter disagreement erupted between the two politicians shortly after assuming office which spilled over to other councilors leading to clique formation and camps in the recently elevated City.

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The issue of contention between Kasolo (NUP) and Mbazira (NRM) stemmed from the constitution of the pioneer Jinja City Land Commission which was aborted multiple times.

Names nominated and submitted to the council by Kasolo included lawyer Alex Luganda (chairperson), Barbra Nyamuguru, Philip Bogere, former district councilor Mohammed Katuntubiru, and radio personality Innocent Anyole, businesswoman Harriet Mirembe and Zaituni Malole. 

However, hell broke loose when Mbazira rushed to the IGG claiming the nomination did not follow the right procedures, prompting the Ombudsman to halt the process.

Even after the IGG guided Kasolo to carry out another nomination exercise, the Jinja Council speaker Bernard Mbayo wrote a letter saying he had received a petition from Mbazira over the same matter.

Mbayo, in his letter, raised several issues that required the Inspectorate to intervene before the approval of the nominees could take place.

Consequently, Deputy IGG Dr. Patricia Achan Okiria while quoting section 57(2) of the Land Act, Cap 227 once again halted the process asking Kasolo to provide evidence of the qualifications of the nominees.

“…in the interest of justice and fairness, the Inspectorate of Government has commenced investigations into the issues raised in your letter, and therefore, we advise that the approval of the Jinja City Land Board members by Jinja City councilors is halted until the conclusion of our investigations…” reads in part Achan’s letter.

In what was seen as a retaliatory approach, Kasolo also wrote to the IGG Beti Olive Namisango Kamya questioning the action of the deputy IGG over the matter which is beyond the scope of her mandate.

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