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PHOTOS: Chief Justice Owiny-Dollo in Mengo for meeting with Katikkiro over ‘lies’ against the Kabaka

Chief Justice Owiny-Dollo arrived in Mengo for a meeting with Buganda Kingdom Prime Minister Charles Peter Mayiga (PHOTO /Courtesy)

MENGO — The Chief Justice Alphonse Owiny-Dollo has on Thursday morning arrived at Mengo, the headquarter and administrative seat of Buganda Kingdom.

Owiny Dollo is expected to meet with the kingdom Prime Minister Charles Peter Mayiga in a closed door meeting that is also expected to be attended by the Archbishop of Church of Uganda, Stephen Kaziimba Mugalu.

Early this week, CJ Owiny-Dollo “unequivocally [and] unreservedly” apologised to the Kabaka of Buganda, Ronald Muwenda Mutebi, over his remarks that the king was airlifted for treatment in Germany in a presidential jet.

In comments at a vigil for Jacob Oulanyah, the deceased speaker of the 11th Parliament, Mr Owiny-Dollo, in rebuke of what he called “lumpens…wicked” Baganda elements who demonstrated over Oulanyah’s travel abroad for specialised care, said:

“But your ethnic leader, you, you, you who were demonstrating, your ethnic leader was transported in a presidential jet to Germany using public funds. He was not entitled. You did not demonstrate…only a wicked person can fight a person who is fighting for his life, only a super wicked person can fight the dead. For us, it is an abomination which has no name.”

The claims, which remained unsubstantiated, sparked a deluge of criticism against the head of Judiciary, with some commentators, among them Mukono Municipality Member of Parliament Betty Nambooze, asking him to resign.

In a March 25 rejoinder, the Katikkiro of Buganda, Mr. Mayiga, had in a veiled already cautioned “leaders at all levels” to avoid making “unfounded statements, which can cause unwarranted debates” and more grief to a deceased’s family.

“Death cause[s] shock, grief and anguish and it often makes emotions run high. This is why it is required of all of us to be calm during difficult times like this,” Mr Mayiga wrote, recollecting a strong historical bond between the Baganda and Acholi, the latter being the tribe of both Mr Owiny-Dollo and Oulanyah.

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