President directs finance to pay 23.5 billion in arrears to Buganda Kingdom

By Gloria Nakiyimba

President Museveni has directed the ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development, to return all land titles belonging to Buganda to the Kingdom. The president issued the directive during his visit to the Kabaka of Buganda Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II at his palace in Banda an outskirt of Kampala.

“We discussed a number of pending issues particularly those concerned with land and arrears that the central government owes the Kingdom of Buganda And today the President directed the ministry of lands to ensure that all verified land titles that were returned to the Kingdom of Buganda be transferred into the names of the Kabaka of Buganda as by law established” said the Katikiro of Buganda Charles Peter Mayiga who attended the Banda meeting.
President Museveni arrived at the palace at 11.00 a.m. and was received by the Kabaka, Prince Daudi Kintu Wasajja. and other Buganda Kingdom officials.

Before the two Principals went into a private meeting, they held a discussion with Kingdom and government officials where, President Museveni also directed that outstanding monetary arrears to the Kingdom be paid in the next three financial years.

“The money is in three categories; there are rental arrears amounting to six billion shillings, in respect of Kigo, and Makindye barrack, and other places. So the president directed the ministry of finance to immediately pay three billion out of that” Mayiga explains.

According to Buganda Premier Mayiga, most of the titles of land that was confiscated from the monarchy by the central government during the 1966/7 were not transferred in the names of the Kabaka. “Following the 2013 agreement between the government of Uganda and the Kingdom of Buganda, the government undertook to return to the Kingdom all that land that was confiscated in 1966/7. The challenge we have experienced is that the titles have not been transferred to the names of the Kabaka of Buganda” said the Katikiro.

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Buganda Kingdom has been pushing for recovery of its land that was confiscated by the central government during the 1966 crisis which led to the exile of Sir Edward Muteesa the Kabaka of Buganda to Britain where he later died of poisoning. This happened after Kabaka Mutesa clashed with President Milton Obote.

Some of the financial compensation accrued from properties, like Mutesa House in London which was sold by the government of Uganda valued at 30 billion shillings and Plot 52 along Kampala Road which houses King Fahad Plaza valued at .14.1 billion?

“So the president directed that 23.5 billion be included in the national budget 2019/2020, and then the balance of 23.5 billion be included in the national budget 2020/2021” said the Katikiro of Buganda. The meeting was attended by Attorney General, William Byaruhanga and State Minister for Privatization and Investment, Evelyn Anite from the Central government.