By Lawrence Ssentongo
Security personnel on Tuesday morning briefly stopped Katikkiro of Buganda Charles Peter Mayiga from accessing Kooki.
The move briefly caused some tension and fear of the repeat of the 2009 Kayunga riots.
Mr Mayiga, who spent the night at Brovad Hotel in Masaka, woke up only to be told by security officials that he would not go ahead with his planned visit to Kooki.
According to reliable sources, he was told there is a group that wanted to demonstrate over his presence. Sources add that Katikkiro didn’t make a proper communication to Kooki leadership ahead of his visit.
The Katikkiro was scheduled to visit St Bernard SS Manya, and later visit some farmers in the county.
When Mr Mayiga was stopped in Masaka, he met security officials for an intensive private meeting before he was cleared to go ahead.
There are unresolved issues between Buganda Kingdom and Kooki. Kooki has a cultural leader titled Kamuswaaga, who historically became part of Buganda without being appointed but inherited. There was a special relationship between Kabakas and the Kamuswagas of the past, which relationship has deteriorated among today’s leaders. Kamuswaga wants to be recognized as a king, outside Buganda. However Buganda regards Kooki as its territory.