Loyal to royal

Uganda: Who makes up the Kabaka of Buganda’s inner circle?

By Musinguzi Blanshe

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Posted on January 10, 2023 11:12

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The Kabaka is Uganda’s most powerful traditional leader, and is deeply intertwined in the country’s politics and history.

Many of Kabaka’s close associates are people who played a crucial role in the restoration of kingdom in 1993 and have assisted the institution in strategising to recover its properties from the central government. Others are drawn from families who have associated with the royal family for as many as seven decades. One attribute that cuts across Kabaka’s inner circle: most of his close associates are highly-educated lawyers.

With Kabaka’s health deteriorating in 2020, his inner circle has become a critical player in day to day running of the kingdom. The Kabaka has been in and out of hospitals in Europe in the past three years and has made few public appearances compared to the years before 2020. The Africa Report examines Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi’s inner circle made up of staunch loyalists, lawyers and royals.

Mayiga, 60, is the prime minister of Buganda Kingdom charged with the

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