The Chief Justice of Uganda Alphonse Owiny-Dollo has written an apology to the Kabaka of Buganda, Ronald Muwenda Mutebi, for statements he said earlier about his travel to Germany where he flown last year for treatment.
Owiny-Dollo claimed that Kabaka had been flown in a Presidential jet, and that no one had complained yet when it came to Jacob Oulanyah, some people he called, Baganda, protested in America where Oulanyah had been flown to receive treatment. According to the Katikiro of Buganda, Owek. Peter Mayiga, the Kabaka had been flown out about KLM, and not the Presidential jet as claimed.
Dollo’s statements have been heavily criticized and described as being tribalistic. He says he is sorry for the words he said.
“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.”
The Chief Justice, however, says he stands 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.”