By Yosam Gucwaki
The Omukama of Bunyoro-Kitara kingdom Dr. Solomon Iguru, has disowned a Royal Declaration that reinstated Norman Lukumu as the kingdom Omuhikirwa less than three months after his sacking.
The declaration signed by Omukama Iguru dated 3 this month and witnessed by the Omutalindwa Jos Wamara and the principal judge, Justice Dr Yorokamu Bamwiine, directed Andrew Kirungi Byakutaaga to cease forthwith from executing any duties or functions of the omuhikirwa.
It added that Lukumu, whose service was terminated, is the Omuhikirwa of the kingdom and has to serve his five-year-term.
But according to a disclaimer dated today 6 signed by Omukama Iguru, he claims that he signed the Royal Declaration after he was misinformed that the document was meant for release of money from the government of Uganda towards the kingdom support.
The Royal Highness also said that his seal and stamp were not necessary to authenticate the declaration.
Iguru adds that Byakutaaga is the rightful Omuhikirwa and the Omukama’s Principal Private Secretary, Prince Richard Kitehimbwa remains in the position.
Mid-January, Iguru dissolved the cabinet that had been plagued by a string of scandals and appointed Byakutaaga as the new Omuhikirwa replacing Lukumu who had served in the same portfolio since March 2015.
Meanwhile, security has been beefed up in Hoima town after different rival groups in the kingdom vowed to organize several gatherings tomorrow.
The Hoima District Police Commander, Bernard Akankwasa, yesterday said police would not allow any gathering unless approved by the Inspector General of Police as stipulated in the Public Order Management Act (POMA).
Lukumu is said to have organized a meeting at Crown Hotel in Hoima town, and another at the kingdom chambers premises.
Source: www.mknewslink.com; a western Uganda news website.