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.