NUP Spokesperson Mufumbiro: We can do away with Cultural Institutions

The opposition National Unity Platform (NUP) has indicated that it can do away with traditional kingdoms for not “standing on the side of the people.”

While appearing on an evening political talk show on Pearl FM radio, NUP deputy spokesman, Waiswa Mufumbiro, warned that the party will not hesitate to fight any kingdom that they feel is not well aligned to the NUP agenda. He is hosted weekly on Pearl FM, a Muslim focused radio station broadcasting from Old Kampala.

“It will not be the first time that a kingdom is being abolished or collapsed, it has happened before,” Mufumbiro said in reference to the events of 1966 when the then government forces invaded the Kabaka’s palace at Mengo, and forced the King, Sir Edward Muteesa II to flee into exile in the UK where he died three years later.

His comments came in the midst of growing attacks on the Buganda Kingdom officials by bloggers associated with the NUP. The party’s leadership has failed to boldly denounce or disassociate itself from the bloggers activities.

Much as Mufumbiro tried to speak generally, and making a direct mention of only the Kyabazinga of Busoga, his salvo was largely perceived to be directed at the Kingdom of Buganda.

Known NUP activists who closely work the party’s topmost leaders have in the recent weeks led a hate campaign against the kingdom’s prime minister, Katikkiro Charles Peter Mayiga, as well as the kingdom’s media outlets – CBS FM radio and BBS TV.

“Stronger kingdoms have existed before before but they are no more. The [Bourbon monarchy in France] collapsed after a popular uprising by the people; it collapsed because of people power,” he said in reference to the 1789 French revolution.

He said that like King Louis XVI, the last of the Bourbon kings, was executed in 1792, NUP is capable of leading an uprising of the people against some of the perceived powerful kingdoms in Uganda.

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