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Ebyaffe | President Museveni returns Mengo Land titles

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Posted April 15, 2014 by Ugandan Diaspora News Team in Buganda Kingdom ~ 3,049 views

     

President Museveni handing over titles to Buganda’s first Deputy Katikkiro Ambassador Emmanuel Ssendaula

President Museveni handing over titles to Buganda’s first Deputy Katikkiro Ambassador Emmanuel Ssendaula

At State House Entebbe today, President Museveni officially returned 213 land titles of Buganda kingdom’s ancestral properties. Museveni handed over the titles to Buganda’s first Deputy Katikkiro Ambassador Emmanuel Ssendaula.

Transfer agreements were signed by Attorney General Peter Nyombi and Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development Daudi Migereko, on behalf of the central government.

Ssendaula and Buganda’s Constitutional Affairs minister Apolo Nelson Makubuya signed on behalf of Buganda. However, Makubuya said what was given back is a fraction of the 90 square miles Buganda is demanding from Museveni’s government.

“Only a small portion has been returned and we hope that the rest will be returned. This is a good start and even if it has been long since we owned this property, we will develop it.

Those occupying the land unlawfully and those who have leases or titles should come to us and we negotiate with them to continue staying on that land. We will not chase anyone,” Makubuya said.

Uganda's Attorney General Mr. Peter Nyombi and Buganda Government Constitutional Affairs Minister Apolo Makubuya exchange Land titles looking on is Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development Daudi Migereko

Uganda’s Attorney General Mr. Peter Nyombi and Buganda Government Constitutional Affairs Minister Apolo Makubuya exchange Land titles looking on is Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development Daudi Migereko

The returned properties include Masaza offices as well as land in Kampala and Ssabagabo areas. The Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi and Katikkiro Charles Peter Mayiga, who were initially invited, skipped the historical meeting for unknown reasons. Mayiga sent a written apology.

Other Buganda delegates present included Prince David Wasajja, Dennis Walusimbi (information) and William Matovu (Nkuluze). Nyombi disclosed that a team comprising minister Migereko, the chairman of Buganda Land Commission Mayanja Nkangi, the chairman of Uganda Land Commission Baguma Isoke, and State House’s Florence Kiconco, had verified the returned properties.

More Buganda properties are yet to be verified, it was revealed. In addition, the team is also verifying properties belonging to Bunyoro and Tooro kingdoms.

The issue of Buganda’s properties dates back to 1966 when they were seized by then Prime Minister Milton Obote. Museveni said that because the 1995 Constitution and the 1993 Traditional Rulers (Restitution of Assets and Properties) Act restricted cultural institutions from administrative or political issues, properties were initially not returned because they were administrative buildings.

“We did not return the properties because when a cultural institution mixes with politics, that is a sign associated with its death. We don’t want cultural institutions to engage in partisan politics and administrations. Therefore, the contentious issue was that Gombolola and Ssazas were administrative centres.

The issue was how we return administrative properties which are not cultural. I told the lawyers that it doesn’t matter, the properties are with the central government since 1966 and therefore the central government can give them to anybody and we can give them to the kingdom to use them for development purposes,” Museveni said.

Source — Weekly Observer


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