The Buganda Kingdom has watered down allegations that Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II, used a Presidential Jet to fly to Germany for treatment.
On Wednesday while at the home of the Late Speaker of Parliament Jacob Oulanyah in Muyenga, the Chief Justice of Uganda Alfonse Owiny Dollo alleged that some people belonging to one ethnic group (Buganda) demonstrated when Oulanyah was flown to Seattle, USA using taxpayers’ money yet they didn’t say a word when their ethnic leader was flown to Germany using a presidential jet.
Oulanyah died last Sunday from Seattle where he had gone to receive specialised treatment.
In a video that made rounds on social media, Owiny Dollo condemned the demonstrations and said that it’s only a wicked person that fights a person fighting for his life.
“Some people demonstrated in Seattle telling a man struggling for his life to go back home (Uganda), Why didn’t they demonstrate when their Ethnic leader was flown to Germany using a presidential jet?”wondered Owiny Dollo.
However, responding to Owiny Dollo’s claims, the Katikkiro (Prime Minister) of Buganda Owek Charles Peter Mayiga said the Kabaka flew to Germany in August, 2021 using KLM Airlines but not Presidential jet as the Chief Justice claimed.
“Death causes shock, grief and anguish and it often makes emotions run high. That is why it is required of all of us to be calm during difficult times like this,” Katikkiro Mayiga said in a statement.
“It will be recalled that his maiden speech as Speaker, in May 2021, the Rt Hon. Jacob Oulanyah urged his fellow legislators to” put their faith in facts and sharpening arguments rather than raising our voices”. It is in that regard that we urge members of the public, including leaders at all levels to preserve the dignity of the deceased by avoiding unfounded statements which can only cause unwarranted debates thereby causing more grief to the deceased’s family, friends, colleagues and the entire country.”
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