Uganda’s Bunyoro kingdom to demand 10 % of oil revenue

Apr 01, 2007 02:00 AM

Bunyoro should demand for 10 % of the oil revenue, a closed meeting of leaders from the region, including Members of Parliament, resolved. The meeting, held under tight security at Karuziika palace, the residence of Omukama Solomon Iguru, lasted over six hours.
The leaders resolved to pursue Bunyoro's demands for a fair share of the oil proceeds, with renewed vigour. Ministers Kabakumba Matsiko who is a member of Bunyoro's royal clan, Matiya Kasaija and Dr Kasirivu Atwooki attended. Others were kingdom Prime Minister Emmanuel Aliba Kiiza and the speaker, the Rev. Fr. Bonny Kyaligonza. The Second Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Public Service, Henry Muganwa Kajura, were notably absent.

Huge quantities of oil have been discovered in Hoima, which is part of Bunyoro kingdom. A statement issued by the prime minister stated that the meeting was aimed at "drawing strategies on critical issues such as the Commonwealth Summit land, and oil." He added that the Omukama called upon the MPs to advance Bunyoro's interests for the betterment of the kingdom.
Sources said the leaders also resolved that Bunyoro should use the commonwealth Summit to demand for financial aid from the Queen of England to rehabilitate the area, which they said suffered at the hands of the British colonial administrators. But they opposed a suggestion to demonstrate against the Queen, saying it would be undiplomatic.

The meeting followed recent threats by a group of Banyoro to stage a demonstration against the Queen at the summit in Kampala, in protest of the brutal colonial administrators.
Bunyoro leaders reportedly want the Queen to foot the bill for compensating the Baganda absentee landlords in Kibaale district. The Omukama was also displeased about encroachment on his land in Buruuli county, Masindi district.

Source: New Vision
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