Government to offer Buganda Kingdom diplomacy training

By Moses Kidandi

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation on Training in Diplomatic, Etiquette, Protocol and Related matters with Buganda Kingdom at Ministry of Foreign Affairs Headquarters Kampala.

The Memorandum of Understanding formalized and strengthened the relationship that has existed between the Ministry and Kingdom for a long time.

The Permanent Secretary Ministry of Affairs, Amb Patrick Mugoya in his remarks intimated that the MOU was the beginning of a new level of Cooperation with the Kingdom of Buganda. He noted that the Ministry would identify other areas of cooperation with the Kingdom, and assured them of the Ministry‘s continuous support and willingness to build on the existing co-operation.

Oweek. Amb Emmanuel Ssendaula , 1st Deputy Katikikiro of Buganda expressed his gratitude to the Ministry for formalizing relations with the Kingdom and informed the meeting that the Kingdom of Buganda was appreciative of the various times the Ministry has worked with the kingdom on strengthening its Institutional capacity and that of its staff in proper protocol and diplomatic etiquette.

He further thanked the Ministry for facilitating the Kingdoms Jubilee (Jubileo) celebrations with Protocol services in regard to hosting the Asantehene, Otumfuo NanaOsei Tutu II, the 16th King of the Ashanti Kingdom in Ghana, who was the guest of honor at the Buganda Kingdom Jubilee celebrations.

Under the Memorandum of Understanding, both sides agreed to jointly to Provide a Framework through which the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will provide training to the officials and staff of the Kingdom of Buganda, to Build capacity of the Buganda Kingdom’s institutions engaged in managing public affairs,to Provide Diplomatic support to the official Missions executed by His Majesty the Kabaka, the Katikikiro of Buganda and other high-ranking Kingdom officials and personalities and to Provide protocol support to the Kingdom’s activities involving His Excellency the President, other high-ranking government officials, diplomats and foreign dignitaries.

The MOU was signed by Amb Patrick Mugoya, Permanent Secretary on behalf of Foreign Affairs and by Oweek Noah Kiyimba, Minister of information and Protocol on behalf of Buganda Kingdom.

Mayiga applauds UBOS for updating Buganda kingdom statistics

By Daudi Zirimala

The kingdom of Buganda has applauded the Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS) for gathering information regarding to the population in the Kingdom.

The Buganda Premier Charles Peter Mayiga said that, the statistics regarding the population in the kingdom will enable the king to plan effectively in social-economic welfare of his subjects.

Mayiga says statistics given to kingdom show how Buganda is doing in terms of contraceptives, hand washing, child mortality rate among others.


Buganda caucus to oppose land amendment bill

By Daudi Zirimala

The Makindye Municipality legislator, Ssempala Kigozi says they foiled the planned deal by government to bribe members of parliament to pass the proposed forceful acquisition of land in land amendment bill.

Speaking to the Baganda of Buganda Bulange ,Kigozi said that the proposed land amendment bill will be soon back in parliament but as the Buganda caucus they have vowed to oppose the bill.
He has rallied the masses to support their Members of Parliament to oppose this bill on land because it’s a sinister move to forcefully make Ugandans landless.

Bishop Gasatura applauds Baganda for their religious legacy

By Annah Nafula

As the martyrs’ day celebrations in Namugongo proceed smoothly ,  guest preacher  at the Anglican shrine Bishop Nathan Gasatura of Butare Diocese, Rwanda has called upon Christians to desist from tribalism.

In his sermon Bishop Gasatura complimented the Baganda for accepting and spreading Christianity in many part of East Africa including Rwanda.  He observed that the largest percentage of christian martyrs were Baganda. He therefore asked that the Baganda distance themselves from land wrangles and focus on keeping the legacy of the Uganda martyrs.

The self confessed descendant of the East African revival  said it is high time Uganda stands and defend its legacy as a whole because of the blood the Uganda martyrs shed.

He urged Christians to take responsibility rather than blame their leaders . He said, “If our leaders fail they should not be blamed but blame yourself because as a christian you have not carried your legacy forward.”



Fare thee Well Mayanja Nkangi

By Edwin Muhumuza
Parliament has paid tribute to former Buganda Premier and former minister of Justice and Constitutional affairs as his body lay in state.
He served Uganda and Buganda with dignity” said one of Uganda’s longest serving minister and Member of Parliament Hon. John Nasasira.
Former Inspector General of Government Jotham Tumwesigye has hailed the late Mayanja-Nkangi as a man so dedicated to national service.
“He lived a life of integrity and honesty. I had a chance to interact with him when he was minister of finance and i was inspector general of government. He helped me greatly when we worked together” he said.
At exactly 12 O’clock, the Speaker Rt.Hon,Rebecca Kadaga and deputy speaker Jacob Oulanya led government officials, retired civil servants, family and friends in showing last respects to the man who is widely revered as a nationalist.
Jehoash Mayanja Nkangi served as minister in three different governments. He was minister without portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Affairs in 1963 under the Obote 1 government,
commerce and industry minister then labour minister under the Okello Lutwa government between August 1985 and January 1986. Under Museveni’s regime he was education minister, planning and economic development minister, finance minister and justice and constitutional affairs minister.
He will be buried at his ancestral home in   Kanyogoga in Kalungu district.

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.



FC Villa affected by Nakivubo takeover, relocates home ground to Masaka

Sports Club Villa has relocated its home-ground to Masaka following the takeover of Nakivubo stadium by businessman Hamis Kiggundu. Nakivubo was home to SC Villa and Police FC.

Kiggundu, through his company Ham enterprises, has reportedly signed an agreement to transform Nakivubo stadium into a modern  multipurpose stadium with a sitting capacity of 25000 people. The current stadium hosts 3000 people.

Villa President Ben Misagga says that following the takeover, the team has finalized negotiations with Masaka municipality to use Masaka Recreation ground as its home base.

Misagga, who led a team of officials to unveil the new home for the club today, said that Villa has a strong fan base in Masaka, which was its home ground until the 90’s.

Misagga added that SC Villa intends to construct its own stadium in Masaka in memory of late Patrick Kawooya, the former club president.

SC Villa Finance Secretary Moses Musasizi the hopes the relocation of the home ground to Masaka will help the club get secure more funds.

SC Villa Chairman in Charge of Buganda region Henry Mulinde expresses excitement that ‘Villa is returning home’.  Mulinde notes that the relocation of Villa to Kampala affected many of its supporters in Masaka who could not travel to Kampala to boost the team.

Villa’s first game at Masaka Recreation Ground will be against Arua side Onduparaka on March 7. However, the move is awaiting the approval of the Federation of Uganda Football Associations-FUFA.



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.

Airtel Uganda injects 1.2 Bn UGX in Masaza football competition

Airtel Uganda Limited has on Thursday announced a Shs1.2 Billion sponsorship to the Buganda Kingdom Masaza Football competition for the next three years.

The announcement was nade at the Kingdom headquarters in Bulange, Mengo.

Airtel Uganda, the official sponsor of the Uganda Cranes has cemented their position as the biggest supporter of football in Uganda by announcing their latest partnership with the Kingdom of Buganda.

Katikkiro of Buganda Owek. Charles Peter Mayiga, Kingdom Sports minister Henry Ssekabembe Kiberu and the Airtel Uganda officials led by the Managing Director Anwar Soussa attended the briefing.

The sponsorship will see Airtel Uganda provide the necessary funds to enable the tournament organizers facilitate team players, coaches and referees as well as bring on board more capable service providers.

Addressing the media at the press conference, the Katikkiro thanked Airtel Uganda for their unwavering support for the kingdom and its activities.

“We are very fortunate that the partner we are announcing today is one we have worked with for a couple of years – we trust them and have a very successful working relationship.

We hold this tournament every year for mainly boosting the talent amongst the young people from Buganda Region and also to mobilize people living in Buganda in development programmes and activities that boost their income levels”

At Airtel Uganda, football is one of our passion points right from Airtel Rising Stars, our youth football tournament all the way up to the Uganda Cranes, our national football team.

It is an honor to add the Masaza Cup – a Kingdom of Buganda legacy tournament that was started very many years ago and has raised some of the greatest talent in the country.

I commend the Kabaka of Buganda and all the kingdom officials for your ability to keep alive this tournament and your noble desire to unify the kingdom subjects.

Soussa also used the opportunity to congratulate Buddu County on winning the 2016 Masaza Cup.

This will not be the first time Airtel Uganda has come out to sponsor Kingdom of Buganda activities.

Last year, the telecommunications company renewed their partnership with the Buganda Kingdom for the next three years to cater to four of the most important Buganda Kingdom activities including the Kabaka Run.

Masaza Products:

Over the years, a number of Uganda Cranes players have played the Buganda Masaza football tournament.

Farouk Miya, Emmanuel Okwi, Godfrey ‘Jaja Walu’ Walusimbi of Gor Mahia, Yunus Sentamu (F.C Ilves in Finland), Tony Mawejje of Knattspyrnufélagið Þróttur, Robert Odongkara, Yassar Mugerwa (St. George), Hamis ‘Diego’ Kiiza (Free State Stars) among others have all played in the Masaza Cup.

Others are; Joseph Owino, Meddie Mukiri, Alex Kakuba, Alex Ikanga, Ivan Bukenya, Sula ‘Malouda’ Matovu, Yassar Mugerwa, Ivan Anguyo, Mike Sserumaga, Fred Kyambadde, Lawrence Ssonko, Brian Omony, Baker Lukooya, Nelson Ssenkatuuka, Andrew Kyekulidde, Ivan Anguyo, Hussein Bukenya, Edisa Lubega, Kenneth Tumusiime, Pius Wanji, Kezironi Kizito and a host of others.

Masaza Cup  All Winners:

2016 – Buddu

2015 – Singo

2014 – Gomba

2013 – Mawokota

2012– Bulemeezi

2011– Buluri

2010– Not Held

2009– Gomba

2008– Kyadondo

2007– Mawokota

2006– Kooki

2005- Mawokota

2004- Gomba


Establish an authority responsible- Kyewalabye

By Moses Kidandi

Buganda Land Board Chief Executive Officer Kyewalabye Male wants government to establish an authority responsible for issuing land titles and handling land related issues to avoid fraudsters.

Male believes that once the Land Authority is established and work as a one stop center, fraudsters will be easily controlled in the country.

Early this year, BLD launched its “Wetuukire” campaign aimed at registering all Title-holders on Kabaka’s land in a bid to regularize their tenancy.

However, Male admits that the board failed to fight out fraudsters but let police to handle the matter that is still a challenge in the country.

Photo: The Investigator