By Simon Abaho
Buganda Kingdom has responded to utterances by the Chief Justice Alphonse Owiny Dollo, who told mourners at late Jacob Oulanyah’s vigil that that Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi was last year flown aboard the Presidential jet to Germany where he had gone for medical attention.
Dollo earlier this week blasted a group of National Unity Platform (NUP) supporters who last month besieged the health facility in Seattle, USA, where Oulanyah had been taken for medical attention and staged a protest, demanding that he be flown back to Uganda for treatment.
The protesters who carried placards, described as irony the treatment of the Speaker in America yet he had praised Uganda’s leadership, which they accused of not doing much to improve the country’s health system.
“That this dying man should go back home! That they have spent tax payers’ money to charter a plane to take Oulanyah to America! But your ethnic leader, you, you, you who were demonstrating, your ethnic leader was transported in a presidential jet to Germany using public funds. He was not entitled. You did not demonstrate…only a wicked person can fight a person who is fighting for his life,” Dollo said.
However, his utterances have since attracted a backlash for Dollo, especially from Baganda Kingdom.
In a statement released on Friday, March 25th, 2022, Katikkiro, Charles Peter Mayiga said the Kabaka has never used the presidential jet as alleged by the Chief Justice.
“Death causes shock , grief and anguish and it often makes emotions run high. However, just for the record, when the Kabaka flew to Germany in August, 2021, he didn’t fly by the presidential jet but by KLM,”Mayiga said in his statement.
The Buganda premier however urged members of the public and leaders to preserve the dignity of the deceased Speaker by avoiding unfounded statements which he said could easily cause unwarranted debates, thereby causing more grief to the family, friends ,colleagues and the entire country.
Mayiga Eulogizes Oulanyah
Katikkiro Mayiga also eulogized the deceased former Speaker of Parliament Oulanyah, whom he described as an accomplished lawyer, skilled and often humorous debater.
“The kingdom of Buganda joins all Ugandans in mourning the untimely death of the Rt Hon Jacob Oulanyah, who was a consummate politician and legislator,” Mayiga said.