President Yoweri kaguta Museveni presided over the 78th Anniversary of the Kyabazinga Day. The occasion commemorates the day when the 11 Chiefdoms of Busoga agreed to unite and form one Kingdom of Busoga under the single leadership of the Kyabazinga.
The function took place yesterday at Namutumba district headquarters in Namutumba Town Council in Busoga Sub-Region.
Tthe Busoga subjects called for unity and promotion of cultural values as the institution of Kyabazinga marked 78 years of existence.
While addressing the gathering, the president, to silence those criticising his appointment of the Kyabazinga as Ambassador, Museveni explained how Russia became a super power after King Peter the Great together with his 2,500 chiefs went to Holland to work in ship manufacturing factories.
“The problem of Russia was lack of modern warships. Western Europe was more developed so the king himself, Peter the Great, took his 2,500 royals from Russia to Holland to work in a ship-building factory,” Mr Museveni said.
The president said that cultural leaders should get employment and work for the development of their kingdoms. He hit back at the critics saying that he appointed the Kyabazinga on grounds that he has the skills and therefore needs to put it to use by serving his country.
He also dismissed allegations that it’s the Kyabazinga who approached him seeking for a job.
“I invested in the education of the Kyabazinga. He now has a Masters degree and when he came to visit me recently, I proposed to him to serve his country,” he said.
Mr Museveni also faulted the media for making Kyabazinga appointment a huge issue misleading the subjects.
The Kyabazinga Day dates back to 1939 when 11 hereditary chiefs from the chiefdoms that make Busoga adopted the title of Isebantu Kyabazinga as the titular head of all the royal chiefs. Ezekiel Tenywa Wako, the chief of Bulamogi, took over as the first Kyabazinga of Busoga.