Housing Finance Bank- Buganda Kingdom agree on low-cost housing

By Edwin Muhumuza

Housing Finance Bank, a leading mortgage bank, has with Buganda Kingdom embarked on a deal that will see the construction of over 400 housing units for low income earners in Sentema, Wakiso District.

This was in an event at Bulange Mengo, the seat of the Kingdom, witnessed by the Kingdom prime Minister Charles Peter Mayiga, Housing Finance Managing Director Michael Mugabi alongside other officials and Chinese construction firm, Guoji Group.

‘As a bank we are coming together with key stakeholders to ensure that we provide financing at very affordable rates’ HFB managing Director, Mugabi said.

He added that the bank will provide up to 95% credit of the price of the property at an annual interest rate of 17% per annum, capped at a repayment period of up to 10 years.

The Sentema estate will comprise of the 1, 2 and 3 bedrooms within a 20 km drive from Kampala city center, and will have a shopping mall, kids’ playing area, clinic, Green Park for wedding and birthday functions for residents according to Ms Windy Shen, the company’s resident managing director.

“A single bedroom house has been priced at UGX 58 million, two bedroom at UGX 95 million and three bedrooms at UGX 130 million” Shen said.

The signing of the memorandum of understanding was a culmination of a relationship that started in 2015, during the launch of the high-end Mirembe Villas- Kigo project when the Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi, tasked kingdom officials to think about his lower-rung subjects by building affordable houses.

Habitat for Humanity Uganda, reports that about 60 per cent of the population do not have adequate housing and about 12 million people have no place to call home while 24 million are living in substandard homes. This is coupled with a housing deficit of 2.4million units in Kampala alone.

In his remarks, Katikiro Peter Mayiga urged the government to extend socio-economic support to the Sentema area.

‘I appeal to the government to play its part as well concerning this project, the government should think about the roads, water, telephony and advising telecom networks to go to Sentema, build repeater stations because 400 houses require communication.’Mayiga noted.

Simon Kabogoza, the chief executive officer at the Buganda Land Board (BLB) revealed that each house sits on a defined plot of land with a ready title from Buganda Kingdom. The lease title is for 99 years with an automatic renewal clause upon expiry.

Katikiro urges NRM leaders to fix Buganda issues

By Phiona Namukasa

The Katikiro of Buganda Charles Peter Mayiga has blamed those who criticizing the Central region for not voting NRM candidates in the elections that were carried saying it was not due to tribal sentimates.

While speaking to the press today after casting his vote in Wakiso district, Katikiro said, this wasn’t promoting tribalism as people say but voters only voted for the candidates that they had confidence and who had promised to deliver the best service.

In the previous years, the Central region mainly Buganda has been voting leaders from different tribes and different parties which means that the change this time could have been because they have seen ability in those of the new prominent opposition party.

He further stated that may be NRM leaders should just address the challenges that the people in the Central region are facing so that they can be voted next time instead of picking on the Baganda.

Katikiro also encouraged voters to be careful as they vote for Local leaders because they are the ones at the front line ,they should ensure that whoever they vote for will be in position to do whatever it takes so that development activities are implemented.

Buganda recieves her monumental Rolls-Royce

By Daudi Zirimala

The Central government has today returned to Buganda Kingdom the Vintage car, A Rolls-Royce Silver cloud that Sir Edward Muteesa II Rode as first President and Kabaka of Buganda.

Speaking at the handover ceremony at Uganda Museum, the State minister for Tourism Godfrey Kiwanda Suubi said that this is in fulfillment of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Central government and Buganda Kingdom.

The Vintage Car was handed over to Prince David Wasajja on behalf of the Buganda Kingdom ending years of mistrust between the two agencies since the central government was claiming ownership of the car.

The vehicle, one of the listed Kingdom properties in government custody, was expected to be returned with the 82 land titles that were handed over to the Kingdom in 2015.

The Rolls Royce has been kept in the Uganda Museum for close to 40 years.

Buganda premier to participate in the 2020 Virtual Rotary Cancer Run

By Deo Wasswa

With just two days left to the 2020 virtual Rotary Cancer Run, Buganda Katikkiro, Owek. Charles Peter Mayiga, has pledged his participation in the upcoming virtual Rotary Cancer Run that is to be held on the 30th of August 2020.

The Cancer run has for the past nine years attracted over 50,000 thousand participants from Uganda and the diaspora, who have joined the effort towards fighting the Cancer scourge through the proceeds from the Rotary Cancer Run marathon and the charity drives.

During a press engagement at Bulange in Mengo, the Prime Minister, Buganda Kingdom, Owek. Charles Peter Mayiga said, “It is reassuring to see the organizers and partners of the Rotary Cancer Run keeping their goal of fighting cancer alive, despite the tides that have come with COVID-19 and I therefore hereby confirm my participation in this year’s virtual run, thanks to their relentlessness and drive exhibited.”

He explained that, “Fighting cancer is not just about buying machines and building bunkers, it embodies a number of aspects including exercising and nutrition, which lifestyles are pivotal in preventing Cancer,” adding that, “this program is beyond what meets the eye, and it is at this point that I call upon fellow Ugandans to participate in the forthcoming virtual Rotary Cancer Run this Sunday.”

In relation to the unprecedented times, organizers of the annual Rotary Cancer Run marathon have opted for a virtual run in observation of the Ministry of Health standard operating procedures in curbing the spread of the corona virus.

While giving her remarks, Beatrice Lugalambi, General Manager Corporate Communications and Marketing at Centenary Bank stated that, “As a Bank, we have been part of the Rotary Cancer Run for 9 years now, majorly because the Rotary mission aligns well with our Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives of supporting the communities where we serve,” adding that, “For this reason, we earmarked up to UGX 100 million as our commitment towards the Virtual Rotary Cancer Run 2020.”

All 74 branches of the bank are confirmed to be participating in this year’s Rotary Cancer Run.

“I urge everyone to be part of this cause by donating any amount because every coin counts. I also encourage us all to participate in this year’s run,” Lugalambi concluded.

“The virtual Rotary Cancer Run will be streamed live on Rotary Uganda official Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/RotaryCancerRunUg/), and intention to enable participants to join in from the comfort of their homes or communities,” noted Past District Governor (PDG) Stephen Mwanje, the Chair Uganda Rotary Cancer Programme, adding that, “Participants can use their vests from the previous years, and they can go ahead to post a picture or video on their social media platforms with the hashtag #RotaryCancerRun2020, dedicating it to a friend, or loved one and inviting them”

For runners who wish to receive a participation certificate, a request can be made directly at the Uganda Rotary Cancer Program website (www.urcp.org) on Sunday, August 30th, 2020. Download and share it with your WhatsApp groups and other social media accounts.

Donations for the 2020 Rotary Cancer Run can be made through CenteMobile platform by dialing *211#, select Centenary Bank branches, or CenteAgent by sending the contribution to Account Number 3100023145 (Account Name: Rotary Cancer Run) additionally participants can purchase a Face mask at Ushs 10,000 at Centenary Bank Branches, select Capital Shoppers outlets, Shoprite Lugogo, and Rotary Offices at 9th Floor NIC Building.

Kabaka Mutebi urges his subjects to revive cash crop growing

By Daudi Zirimala

The Kabaka of Buganda Ronald Muwenda Mutebi has highlighted the need to revive cooperatives in order address the problem of poverty and unemployment among his people.

Speaking during his 26th coronation at Nkumba,Kabaka Mutebi said that once cooperatives are revived people would be able to address their own challenges rather depending on handouts from political leaders.

He also implored his subjects to embrace coffee growing and cotton saying it is through these cash crops that people in Buganda managed to increase their house hold incomes and improve their livelihood.

Nagginda urges women to be role models

By Daudi Zirimala
The queen of Buganda Sylvia Nagginda has rallied women in Buganda to embrace personal hygiene and act as role models to their children.

Speaking at the opening of the 6th Buganda Women’s Conference in Kampala, Her Royal Highness Sylvia Nagginda said that most aspects of personal hygiene are common to both sexes, but women also have some special considerations and these are related to the way their bodies are built as well as common lifestyle activities.

She noted this year’s theme for the Conference Holistic women’s health a boost to sustainable development, is an indicator that females must pay special attention to these areas, as well as overall cleanliness, as part of a thorough personal hygiene routine and development.

President Museveni to compensate Buganda for the loss of Muteesa house

By Daudi Zirimala

President Museveni has directed the ministry of Finance to include money in the 2020/21 budget to compensate Buganda kingdom for the loss Muteesa house in London which was sold by government.

According to president during this financial year 2020/21 government will also return other assets that belonged to the kingdom including land compensation on Kampala road where King Fahad building sits.

The president pledged this while visiting the king of Buganda his Majesty Ronald muwenda II at his palace in Banda a Kampala suburb where they discussed so many issues that will foster the relationship between central and Buganda governments respectively.

Museveni has also pledged to give back all land titles that belongs to Buganda Kingdom in the shortest time possible. President was flanked by the attorney General William Byaruhanga however in presence were the kingdoms premier Charles Peter Mayiga among others.

Mayiga encourages all parents to educate their children

By Daudi Zirimala
The Buganda Premier Charles Peter Mayiga has advised parents to pay much attention on education needs of their children than place much emphasis on material things of their children

Mayiga says when children are groomed and well educated they can manage the wealth of their parents and grow it.

Speaking during the 13th Graduation of Buganda Royal Institute of Business and Technical Education Mengo where over 1000 students were awarded diplomas in certificates in different disciplines, Mayiga said that passing on material things to an uneducated child is very disastrous.

“It’s important to prepare children adequately so that they realize the benefits of working hard because well groomed and educated children can generate their own wealth besides that of their guardians”, says Mayiga.

The principal of Buganda Royal Institute Anthony Wamala reiterated the need of hands on skills to students to enable them be innovative to solve problems affecting our people.

A total of 1482 students have graduated of whom 806 are Female students representing 54.3% and male students are 676 representing 45.7%.

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.