Court will be delivering Kabaka’s appeal ruling at 4pm

By Sania Babirye

High court Judge Patricia Wasswa Bassaza has set this eveening to deliver a ruling on whether or not to allow the  Kabaka of  Buganda Ronald Muwenda Mutebi to appeal against  her decision in which she compelled the Kabaka to  disclose particulars  of bank accounts  to one of his  subject  Male Mabirizi Kiwanuka.

This afternoon Justice Basaza concluded hearing the application where Kabaka claimed to be aggrieved by the order.

  Christopher Bwanika representing the Kabaka told court that the order issued on the 5th  of June 2017 forcing the Kabaka to disclose financial statements at Stanbic and Bank of Africa in the names of Buganda Land Board where monies collected from occupants of the kingdom land is banked is unfair.

Justice Bassaza also ordered that Mabirizi be availed with   particulars of all the  occupants before 30th  of June for inspection and internalization  so that he can prepare his case in which he is challening the Kyapa Mungalo.

The Kabaka  is seeking permission from justice Basaza to challenge  her orders before the Court of Appeal since he does not have an automatic right of Appeal unless he is allowed by her.

According to the Kabaka the right to privacy of his other occupants who voluntarily registered and  do not wish their affairs  to go public  will be violated since they are even not parties interested in this case if he is not allowed to appeal.

Bwanika further explains that Mabirizi has neither  brought evidence to show that any tenant  has been coarsed or threatened  in any form to register nor any evidence showing that himself is a tenant who has been given authority to lawful represent others.

Mabirizi says  the Kabaka should not impose  registration  fees ranging from shs100,000  to Shs 600,000 on his occupants settling on the kingdom’s land because it belongs to the public and the Kabaka us just a trustee.

Land minister expresses discomfort on the Buganda’s “Kyapa mungalo” campaign

Lands Minister Betty Amongi has questioned the mass land titling campaign by Buganda Kingdom’s Land Board.

Buganda Land Board (BLB) is running the “Land Title in your Hands”, a campaign aimed at granting mainly 49-year leases for tenants on Buganda Kingdom land. The campaign targets those occupying the land without official documentation.

The Central government seems to be uncomfortable with the new arrangement which some have said may fuel mass land evictions on land owned by the Kabaka of Buganda or the kingdom.

Minister Amongi in a speech at the opening of the Justice Catherine Bamugemereire Commission of Inquiry into Land matters said she was listening to the issues emerging from the mass land titling exercise.

Amongi asked the Commission of Inquiry to also focus on Buganda Land Board campaign as part of the other issues to be addressed. She questioned what would happen to those holding the lease titles when the 49 years expire.

Though Amongi says she was expressing her personal opinion on the campaign dubbed “Ekyapa Mungalo”, sources have indicated that President Museveni is not comfortable with it. The President has reportedly demanded for the protection of the Bibanja settlers who are bonafide occupants under customary tenure.

President Museveni met Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi early last month but the details of the meeting at State House Entebbe were not made public. The Katikkiro of Buganda, Charles Peter Mayiga and Prince David Wasajja were part of it.

President Museveni in April 2014 returned 213 land titles to Buganda Kingdom with a caution to the kingdom against evicting tenants settled on the land. The titles are part of the properties that the government forcefully occupied after the 1966 attack on the Mengo Palace that saw the then Kabaka Edward Mutesa exiled.

Over twenty thousand leasehold certificates have so far been issued to tenants who were settled on the land government returned to Buganda.

Buganda Kingdom’s Land, Agriculture and Environment Minister, Engineer Martin Kasekende in a reaction to the Minister’s statement defended the decision to have tenants on Buganda land issued with lease titles upon paying a fee ranging from 100,000 – 600,000 shillings. He was one of the Cultural leaders’ representatives present at function held at the National Archives and Records Centre.

Engineer Kasekende explained that Buganda Kingdom would not be having any land left itf its predecessors allocated land to individuals for perpetual ownership.

The “Land title in your hands” matter has generated debate within Buganda with some criticising it.  One of Kabaka’s subjects, Male  Mabirizi Kiwanuka towards end of April this year sued the Kabaka challenging his directive on issuance of land titles to tenants on the Kingdom’s land.

Meanwhile, Buganda Land Board (BLB) has been running newspaper advertisements defending the mass titling of the kingdom land. The Board says it acknowledges the fact that there is a special relationship between the kingdom and people of Buganda.

It said the Kabaka under that relationship offers a maximum of 99-year-leasehold term and a minimum of 49 years to all tenants on kingdom land for those who wish to acquire leasehold titles.

Buganda Land Board says the acquisition of leasehold titles is voluntary and that any Kibanja holder not interested in leasehold title will remain a Kibanja holder with full rights.

KABAKA DRAGGED TO COURT BY HIS SUBJECT

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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Katikkiro Mayiga says Nkangi was a pillar for the Buganda Kingdom

Buganda Kingdom Prime Minister (Katikkiro) Charles Peter Mayiga has grieved the death of veteran politician, Jehoash Mayanja Nkangi, who passed away Monday morning. Mayiga described Mayanja Nkangi as a pillar for Buganda Kingdom, a man of unparalleled dignity and a wise speaker.

The deceased served as Buganda Prime Minister before the abolition Kingdoms in 1966. He also oversaw enthronement of the current Kabaka of Buganda Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II at Naggalabi – Buddo in 1993.

“The late Mayanja Nkangi has been an ardent advisor to Kabaka Mutebi and rendered invaluable counsel to me in this office of Katikkiro,” Mayiga said. He cited a number of occasions where the late Nkangi received immense challenges during his tenure as Buganda Kingdom Katikkiro.

Mayiga was one of the high-ranking Buganda Kingdom officials that visited the late Nkangi at Nakasero Hospital during his last days on earth.

Mayanja Nkangi became Katikkiro of Buganda in 1964 until the 1966 crisis when the Obote I government attacked Mengo palace and exiled Kabaka Edward Mutesa. Nkangi also fled to exile in England meeting Kabaka Mutesa there.

When Mutesa died in exile in November 1969, Nkangi together with the then Crown Prince, now Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II, performed the succession rituals which are expected of a crown prince within the norms of Buganda Kingdom.

Nkangi later returned in 1971 upon the fall of the Obote regime and participated in the return of Mutesa’s remains in March of that year. He again finalised the rituals that were supposed to be performed by the Crown Prince Mutebi.

According to Katikkiro Mayiga, a number of these rituals were performed at Bamunanika Palace, in Luweero district. Mayiga also recounted that Nkangi kept in his custody Buganda’s ceremonial mace –the Ddamula — a symbol of authority of the office of Katikkiro from 1966 until 1993 when kingdoms were restored.

Meanwhile, Buganda Kingdom has set up a special committee to take charge of Mayanja Nkangi’s burial arrangements. The committee is headed by the 1st Deputy Katikkiro Emmanuel Ssendawula.

Other members of the committee include Apollo Makubuya, Christine Mugerwa Kasule, William Matovu, Walusimbi Ssengendo, Noah Kiyimba and William Naganga, the Permanent Secretary in Katikkiro’s office.

Earlier, the family issued a burial programme indicating that the late Jehoash Mayanja-Nkangi will lie in State at Buganda Kingdom administrative headquarters in Bulange – Mengo on Wednesday March 8, before a vigil at his home in Ntinda, Nakawa division.

There will also be a funeral service on Thursday March 9, at St. Luke’s Church, Ntinda from where the body will be taken to Parliament for a special session.  The deceased will be buried on Friday at his ancestral home in Kanyogoga, Kalungu West in Kalungu district.

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Nakasongola Buganda subjects have started rebuilding the burnt Kabaka palace

Buganda Kingdom loyalists in Nakasongola district have embarked on a campaign to rebuild the palace of Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi that was burnt on Sunday.

Unidentified people set ablaze the palace, which is located at Nakasongola district headquarters at around 3am on Sunday.  Part of the same palace was gutted by fire in August 2016.

Buganda chiefs have pointed accusing fingers at Buruuli chiefdom officials in both incidents- a charge they have vehemently denied.

On Tuesday, a group of Buganda loyalists led by Gerald Kyanjo, the Kabaka’s representative in Buruuli County alias Kimbugwe started fencing off the land on which, the burnt palace was built.

Kyanjo told URN that they are currently fundraising and mobilizing well-wishers to build a better palace for the Kabaka. He disclosed that they intend to raise more than Shillings 300 million to erect permanent structures.

Abbas Luninze, the Speaker Buruuli County council has asked the Central government to restrain Buruuli Chiefdom loyalists from acts of provocation, saying it may lead to violence.

But Samuel Kaweesi, the spokesperson of Buruuli Chiefdom, says they agreed with Mengo officials and Police to erect temporally structures to accommodate Kabaka Mutebi during his visit in 2015, which wasn’t done.

He says the land where the palace is being built belongs to Buruuli chiefdom.

Nakasongola authorities have declined to comment on the renewed protests. Sam Kiguli, the Nakasongola LC V chairman, told URN they were still consulting on the matter.

URN has also learnt that Security Minister, Lieutenant General Henry Tumukunde has reached to both parties and asked them to remain calm as he prepares to meet them for dialogue.

 

 

 

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Buruuli Chiefdom denies hand in Kabaka’s palace fire

By Charles Kizindo Lule
Buruuli Chiefdom has denied allegations of conniving with arsonists who set fire  on Buganda Kabaka’s palace in Nakasongola.
Unknown people set the palace adjacent to the Nakasongola district headquarters ablaze on Sunday but fire fighters and residents were quick to put out the inferno. Care takers of the palace accused some  Baruuli people of burning the palace because of their hatred for the kingdom.
Information minister in Buruuli Chiefdom Samuel Kaweesi says this is a baseless allegations.

Kabaka urges Baganda in diaspora to get documents for their land

By Moses Kidandi
The Kabaka of Buganda His Majesty Ronald Mutebi II has argued people in the diaspora to invest in profitable projects for the development of their kingdom.
Speaking to Baganda in the diaspora on Wednesday night at Lubiri Mengo ,The Kabaka implored his subjects in the diaspora to embrace their culture rather than promoting foreign culture.
He further advised them to get proper documents for their land when they come here to avoid land grabbing.
The chairman of the Ugandans in the diaspora Abbey walusimbi says the Kabaka’s advise in attracting more investments to Uganda is timely.

ARRESTED: Mabirizi sued the Kabaka over land

By Sania Babirye

Police has arrested a man who sued the Kabaka of Buganda over the 600000 fee of registration for all tenants on Buganda land.

Mabirzi Male was arrested by police in civilian clothes after a one Senyonga Kyeyune dragged him to court accusing him of fraudulently selling him land at 16 million Uganda shillings in Namugongo yet he had already sold it.

He is now being held at the Kira police station. He had turned up   at court for the hearing of the case against the Kakaba when he was nabbed.

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Kabaka is concerned

By Daudi Zirimala

The King of Buganda Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II is concerned about the increasing cases of Child sacrifices in the country.

Kabaka is also worried   about the delay to release reports about cases of child sacrifices by the police and urged parents to remain extremely vigilant about the movements of their children in a bid to reduce cases of child kidnap.

He made the remarks while opening the 24thBuganda Lukiiko at Bulange Mengo.