The Katikkiro of Buganda, Charles Peter Mayiga, has advised Opposition presidential candidates who were defeated in the just concluded general elections and in the subsequent Supreme Court ruling that upheld President Museveni’s victory to stop grieving over their loss and move on.
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Mr Mayiga the Katikkiro while addressing the Buganda Kingdom Lukiiko yesterday said “whoever was defeated should know that there is always a loser in every race.”
“For instance, last week’s Supreme Court ruling left some people excited, but there are those who are still aggrieved up to this time. The truth is that; following the rule of law is the right path and we ought to respect whatever the courts of law have decided so that the country can move on peacefully, “Mr Mayiga told members of the Lukiiko.
The Katikkiro, however, applauded the Opposition for having sought justice through courts of law and not through violent means when they did not agree with the February 2016 election results.
He asked the government and the rest of the politicians who won the elections to serve all people equally regardless of their political affiliations.
“Government has to serve everyone the same way that MPs have to do even in those places where they did not get votes, ”Mr Mayiga added.
The nine Justices of the Supreme Court, by a unanimous decision, on Thursday dismissed a petition by former Independent candidate Amama Mbabazi, seeking to nullify President Museveni’s re-election.
However, shortly after the ruling, Mr Mbabazi vowed to fight on in the struggle for democracy in Uganda, despite the latest setback.
Retired Justice George Kanyeihamba also criticised the ruling, arguing that court ought to have inquired into the petition by digging deeper into observer reports and evidence outside court instead of solely relying on what the petition had put before them “as if they were conducting a normal trial”
The Lukiiko presided over by the Speaker Nelson Kawalya was convened to give an update on the progress of the developments in the kingdom and the activities ahead of the upcoming 61st Kabaka’s birthday celebrations to take place at Kings College Buddo S.S.S.
Among the activities to mark the day is the annual birthday run that will take place on Sunday at the Lubiri Palace, Mengo under the theme; “Fighting against fistula” like it has been for the past two years.
Next year, the birthday run theme will be on the fight against sickle cell, according to the Kingdom.
Meanwhile, Mr Emmanuel Sendawula, the Buganda minister in charge of Buganda affairs abroad, also presented a report on the mistreatment of the kingdom subjects who go to Arab countries for casual labour, recommending a committee to investigate the issue.
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