Members of Parliament from Bunyoro sub-region have threatened to push for a break away in order to create a nation independent of Uganda lest they are granted an outstanding ministerial position.
Buyaga County MP Barbabus Tinkasimiire and Stephen Mukitale from Buliisa district claim that the region feels cheated after President Museveni decided to drop Henry Kajura as first Deputy prime Minister, replacing him with Gen Moses Ali.
The legislators claim that this is unfair to the oil region, which is supporting the country’s drive towards a middle Income status.
The MPs from five districts of Bunyoro including; Masindi, Hoima, Kibaale, Kiryandongo and Buliisa gathered on Saturday at an event organised by Mukitale and Norah Bigirwa Mutiti, the woman MP for Buliisa district held at Bullisa district headquarters.
Bintu Jalia Lukumu, Masindi district woman Member of Parliament who is also vice chairperson for Bunyoro parliamentary caucus told off government that they will not “accept to be taken for a ride as people of Bunyoro”.
She said in the 9th parliament, MPs approved government request to borrow money for construction of a road stretching from Kigumba in Kiryandongo district to Bulima in Masindi district.
She tasked Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) to explain where the money went or else they will camp at the president’s office and at the Office of Prime Minister demanding for the road.
She said Bunyoro’s oil was attracting very many people into the area hence a need for service delivery.
Bintu further demanded that President Yoweri Museveni gives Bunyoro the juicy prime minister office.
Barnabas Tinkasiimire, the chairperson Bunyoro parliamentary forum, tasked the central government to increase budget share for Bunyoro region.
Mukitale, in his turn, demanded that Bunyoro be granted a regional tier status as more two new districts will soon be granted.
Bunyoro’s demand for a republic comes after President Museveni rejected the creation of the Yiira Republic in Kasese.
He said that it is not only impossible to annex any part of Uganda but it is also false and not practical.
“I want to state categorically, that Uganda will not lose even a piece of her land to the creation of the so-called Yiira republic and whoever wants that republic should create it outside Uganda’s territory.”
The president said even opposition leader Kizza Besigye who promised it, if he became President and made that mistake, he would not sleep in State House that day.
He noted that those hatching such an idea are lost people, daydreamers, enemies of peace who don’t love the Rwenzori Region and Uganda as a whole.
Bugoma forest dispute
Meanwhile, Bunyoro Kingdom leaders petitioned parliament to allow the kingdom carry out development projects and activities on Bugoma forest whose ownership they claim.
Bunyoro Kingdom Premier Norman Lukumu says about 41,144 hectares was leased to sugarcane investors because it belongs to the kingdom only to be turned down by National Forest Authority officials which rates it as a central forest reserve.
Michael Mugisa, the NFA Executive Director, says the disputed forest, located in Buhangaizima block in Kyangwali sub-county Hoima District, was gazetted in 1932.