Chief Justice Alphonse Owiny-Dollo has tendered his apology to the Buganda kingdom over his outburst at the vigil of the late Speaker of Parliament, Jacob Oulanyah.
Owiny-Dollo went to Mengo on Thursday morning where he was received by the Katikkiro, Charles Peter Mayiga.
With folded arms, the CJ took slow steps while exchanging greetings with the jovial Katikkiro.
His hands were to stay in the same position until towards the end of the deliberations when he finally sat in more comfort in a laid-back position after his apology had been accepted.
The Chief Justice came with a delegation of leaders from the Inter-Religious Council of Uganda including the Church of Uganda, Archbishop Stephen Kazimba, Bishop Anthony Zziwa of Kiyinda-Mityana, Sheikh Hamid Sserwadda, the Kampala Regional Kadhi, Pastor John Kakembo, the former SDA Archbishop, Dr. Bishop Joshua Lwere, Overseer of the National Fellowship of Born-Again Pentecostal Churches (NFBPC), and former UPC president, Ambassador Olara Otunnu.
While tendering his apology, the Chief Justice hailed the Katikkiro for being mature in his March 25th, 2022 response, which made him realize his mistake and prompted leading to Thursday’s meeting.
He added that through the deliberations he has had with the kingdom officials, he has realized that differences can be resolved amicably with long-lasting results instead of continuing to fight to earn a victory.
Mayiga praised the CJ for his humility and deciding of his free will to visit the seat of the kingdom to rectify his mistake.
He said that Buganda has forgiven Dollo for his remarks and considers him a brother.
The Katikkiro urged Ugandans to put behind the bad blood and comments made by the Chief Justice because the people of Acholi and Buganda share a common ancestry.
He called on the people to focus on preserving the dignity of the fallen Speaker and strive toward deepening the unity of Ugandans.
How it all Started
While addressing mourners at the residence of the deceased’s speaker in Muyenga, Kampala, the Chief Justice blasted the people in the diaspora for protesting against Oulanyah’s treatment in the US yet their ethnic leader was also allegedly transported in a presidential jet to Germany using public funds, “calling them super-evil”.
“But you, who were demonstrating… your ethnic leader was transported in a presidential jet to Germany using public funds he was not entitled to. You did not demonstrate,” Dollo said. The speech attracted a lot of backlash from several Ugandans in the diaspora with many accusing the Chief Justice of making tribal sentiments.
They asked him to retract his statements, which were interpreted as a direct attack against the Katikiro. In a rejoinder, the Katikkiro issued a statement on March 25th, 2022 dismissing the CJ’s remarks against the Kabaka’s treatment in Germany.
“… when the Kabaka flew to Germany in August 2021, he did not fly by the Presidential jet, but by KLM airlines,” read Mayiga’s statement. The CJ issued an apology that was carried by the Daily Monitor on March 29th, 2022.