By Edwin Muhumuza
The Kabaka of Buganda Ronald Muwenda Mutebi 11 has been dragged to the Highcourt -Civil division by his subject over his newly launched scheme of “Ekyapa mu ngalo” which is translated as Tittle in the Hand for any occupant on the Buganda land who purchases a 49 year old lease.
City lawyer Male Mabirizi Kiwanuka who has other land scheme related pending cases against Kabaka is seeking an injunction against the implementation of the “Ekyapa mu ngalo” scheme saying him and many other Baganda whose interests he represents will suffer irreparable damage and loss since they are required to pay a certain amount of fee to obtain these releases.
Mabirizi alleges that since the Kabaka is just a mere trust of the said land it is unlawful for the Kabaka to collect ground rent (Busuulu) from all settlers of the official mailo land under the guise that he is the Land lord.
Mabirizi is seeking court to block the kingdom from collecting Busuulu and leasing out the land until his main case challenging the process is heard and disposed of.
This comes after the Kabaka through his Katikiro Charles Peter Mayiga announced yesterday that every person who is settling on the Kabaka land should process a 49 year old lease and secures a tittle from the kingdom.
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