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Busoga royal council, a body entrusted with the power to elect the Kyabazinga, has declared prince Edward Columbus Wambuzi substantive king of the kingdom. The decision was reached during a meeting held on January 18 brokered by royal chiefs chairman David Kawunhe at the kingdom headquarters Bugembe.

Mr Kawunhe said in a January 31 press statement that the election was in line with a court ruling that dismissed the injunctions against Prince Wambuzi’s kingship.

Prince Fred Kakaire from Bugweri County had challenged Wambuzi’s October 31, 2008 election, saying there was no quorum for his election. Court dismissed the case after prince Kakaire failed follow it up.

Mr Kawunhe said nine of the 11 hereditary royal chiefs at the January 18 meeting, resolved to have prince Wambuzi as Kyabazinga. “The royal council meeting held on January 18, 2012 decided that after the dismissal of the court petition, we have declared Prince Edward Wambuzi as Kyabazinga of Busoga were nine of the hereditary chiefs all confirmed,” the statement reads in part.

However, Mr David Bogere Gabula, the Kyabazingaship caretaker (regent) dismissed the election of Mr Wambuzi, saying it was a hoax, “That is just drama,” he said in a telephone interview yesterday.

The royal chiefs have resolved that prince Wambuzi starts kingdom duties with immediate effect and nobody should block him because he has been approved by the council empowered by the Busoga constitution.

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