By Adam Bukenya updated on 1223 EAT
Buganda Kingdom says it hasn’t received appology from the Chief Justice of Uganda Alphonse Owiny-Dollo .
On Tuesday a local daily published an apology for references he made to the Buganda monarch, Ronald Muwenda Mutebi ii, which were laced with tribal undertones.
Dollo in a statement on Monday, described his comments from last week as “wrong and inappropriate.”
“I hereby unequivocally, unreservedly, and of my free volition, wholly retract that reference; and also hereby tender my apology to His Majesty, the Kabaka,” he said in the statement.
“I will immediately hereafter communicate to the Katikkiro of Buganda in writing, registering this apology”
Dollo, while speaking last week at the vigil held at the home of the fallen Speaker of Parliament, Rt Hon Jacob Oulanyah, assailed the people of Buganda for allegedly organizing a protest against Oulanyah in the United States where he had been flown for treatment.
He went on to wonder why the same people did not hold similar demonstrations when the Kabaka of Buganda Ronald Muwenda Mutebi was flown to Germany for treatment following a severe allergic reaction in August last year.
“But you, who were demonstrating… your ethnic leader was transported in a presidential jet to Germany using private funds he was not entitled. You did not demonstrate,” he said.
“Is it because Oulanyah is an Acholi? Is it because Oulanyah doesn’t speak your language? Only a wicked person can fight a person who is fighting for his life.”
He’s remarks were widely condemned by the public, with some calling for his resignation.
The Kingdom of Buganda was later to respond in a statement, terming Dollo’s comments as baseless.
“That is why we beseech all people including leaders at all levels to respect and honour the deceased by avoiding making baseless remarks which create rivalry that in turn saddens the house, friends and the entire country even more.” Wrote Charles Peter Mayiga, the Prime Minister of Buganda.
But in his apology yesterday, the Chief Justice said he stood by his “castigation of those who mercilessly tormented Jacob Oulanyah at the time he needed compassion most; and, who continue to inexplicably dance on his grave.”
“I reiterate that this contravenes our much- cherished African culture and it must be condemned by all people of good will. I also reiterate the statement I made about my admiration of, and long-standing association with, the people of Buganda among whom I have lived for the greater part of my life.” He said.
Dollo also thanks the “which has demonstrated maturity, magnanimity, soberness, and a conciliatory tone.”
“That reflects and displays the true nature of the Buganda I have always proudly associated myself with given the tone of communication by the Rt Hon Katikloro, we can now all in harmony accord the Rt Hon Jacob Oulanyah a dignified funeral, concluding with his burial to which everyone is most welcome to attend.”