By Innocent Atuganyira
MASINDI: Rt. Hon. Andrew Byakutaga the Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom Prime Minister has asked President Yoweri Museveni to intervene into the secession plan of the Bagungu people.
The call was made on Saturday during the meeting with Bunyoro leaders.
Byakutaga told President Museveni that the District LCV Chairperson Fred Lukumu and the Former Bunyoro Kingdom Prime Minister Norman Lukumu are agitating for the Bagungu secession, something he said is creating division among the people of Bunyoro.
‘’Mr. President, there are some people who are initiating the campaign for Bagungu secession, we have got reports from different people including the Bagungu, they are intimidating them, threatening and using harsh statements based on tribal and riddle lies,’’ he said.
He also asserted that the political leaders are using their offices to create divisionism among the people of Bunyoro, adding the secession will disorganize their culture.
‘’Whoever is aggrieved should come and meet us, we are ready to sit at the round table and solve their grievousness. President Museveni we therefore ask for your intervention into this matter,’’ he requested.
In response, Fred Lukumu, the Buliisa district LCV Chairperson insisted that Bagungu differ from the Banyoro adding that according to the 1995 Ugandan Constitution, Bagungu are entitled to have a cultural institution.
‘’We are agitating for the formation of a cultural institution not secession because we don’t have Kingdoms in Uganda but cultural institutions,’’ he further responded.
President Museveni however asked the two parties to have a dialogue meeting and solve their issues.
‘’I don’t want to get involved in the issue of Cultural Institutions because they were restored to unite the people. Sit at a round table and solve the matter,’’ Museveni said.
The president however assured the two parties that he will meet them and harmonize the matter after Independence celebrations.