C.J Dollo Retracts Comments About Buganda Kingdom As Nation Demands For Forgiveness

C.J Dollo Retracts Comments About Buganda Kingdom As Nation Demands For Forgiveness

By Simon Abaho

The Chief Justice Alphonse Owiny-Dollo has finally apologised for comments he made at the vigil of the late Jacob Oulanyah, where he denigrated Buganda Kingdom and made falsehoods to the effect that the “leader of an ethnic group” had been flown to Germany for treatment aboard the presidential jet.

Owiny-Dollo, according to Daily Monitor, claimed that he was emotional when he made the statements and apologised to Kabaka Ronald Mutebi.

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“I hereby unequivocally, unreservedly and of my free volition, wholly retract that reference and also hereby tender my apology to His Majesty the Kabaka. I will…communicate to the Katikkiro of Buganda in writing,” Owiny-Dollo said, according to Daily Monitor.

The apology comes amidst the heavy criticism Owiny-Dollo has faced from various groups over his ‘tribal’ comments.

Last week, Katikkiro Charles Peter Mayiga issued a statement calling for calm and cool headedness among leaders, as the country mourned Oulanyah.

Mayiga, in a veiled barb aimed at Owiny-Dollo, confirmed that Kabaka had indeed travelled to Germany for treatment using KLM Airlines.

Robert Kyagulanyi, the leader of National Unity Platform and other opposition leaders had called on Owiny- Dollo to apologise for his comments.

However, despite issuing an apology to the Kingdom, the Chief Justice said he stood by his “castigation of those who mercilessly tormented Jacob Oulanyah at the time he needed compassion most; and, who continue to inexplicably dance on his grave.”

“I reiterate that this contravenes our much cherished African culture and it must be condemned by all people of goodwill. I also reiterate the statement I made about my admiration of, and long-standing association with, the people of Buganda among whom I have lived for the greater part of my life.” He said.

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