Yes indeed, I refer to the opium of the dispossessed.  It is good that you put that opium in figures: 9,000 sq miles, that you always claim was stolen by government.  So, about 8,000 sq miles given to 1,000 notables with the massive displacement of many bataka was no theft!
So, to more-or-less sing “sirikawo baby” to the Bakopi Bazukulu who had to unearth the bones of their dear ones to give way to the new lords, Mmengo pushes a pacifier into the mouths of the expropriated.  The pacifier, the dummy is the Akenda: the government has it!
1.  The 9,000 sq miles alloted to government for public use was on the assumption that Buganda had land to the tune of 19,600 sq miles.  Buganda was surveyed and found to be 16,138 sq miles (9.689 in Mmengo; 3,781 in Masaka and 2,668 in Mubende).  The 1900 agreement stated that, any shortfall upon survey of Buganda would be deducted from the public 9,000 sq miles.  Therefore, right from go, that land was actually 5,538 Sq miles.  Any talk of 9,000 sq miles is, to use your word, idiotic.
2. As you know, 667 sq miles of the 5,538 sq miles (NOT 9,000) was in Buyaga and Bugangaizi.  The 1964 referendum returned that land to Bunyoro control.    It is, to use your word, idiotic for any body to hope that land was stolen by government from Buganda.  Completely idiotic.  Do we want to reverse the results of the referendum?  Anyhow, what was left then was 4,871 sq miles.
3.  Of the 4,871 sq miles, 644 sq miles went into the Buruli, Masaka, Singo ranching Scheme leaving 4,227 Square miles.
4.  That land remains under the control of the public political authority which, up to 1962 was the colonial government, hence the reference to Crown Land.  In 1962, the public political authority in Buganda was the federal state of Buganda, so it controlled that land.  In 1966 Uganda ceased to be semi-federal so all public land was reverted to central authorities.  How does a change in constitution amount to theft of 9,000 sq miles of land, which in fact did not even exist in the first place?  If you want Buganda to control the land, why don’t you secede and become an independnet state or launch a campaign for reinstating your federal status?
Anyhow, isn’t it idiotic to insistently refer to 9,000 sq miles when what existed in the first place was 5,538 sq miles?  Isn’t it even more idiotic to refer to the same 9,000 when what is actually at stake is 4,227 sq miles?

Lance Corporal (Rtd) Otto Patrick


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  1. Otto, there is no idiocy or idiosyncraticism for that matter in belonging to the potato shapped geographical enclosure called Buganda. Political pingpong and legal expediency not withstanding, all the land in this potato shaped enclosure… not just the 9000 boogey boomerang square miles … makes us not only proud to belong but entitled to be considered first in accessing its use for our personal wellbeing as Baganda.
    I do not care for your skirt-shaped geographical turf, or the Karamajong’s bum shaped expanse. Just look at the prick-shaped Busoga area and see what people are ready to live and die for in the name of belonging. Not only the 9000 square miles exist and belong to the Baganda, but so do the 11 million squatters that have acquired a temporary tenure on this land been instantly converted into the unwilling subjects of Ssaabasajja Kabaka Mufumbisagganda Nnantabalirabatyabi.
    I am just curious, except for the really really poor, how many of the so called landed gentry (squatters if you ask me, Sserwajja Okwota if you ask NJ) ever get burried in their vast estates???? You guessed right, we ride with them all the way and dump them off rightly where they belong… in the lands of their fathers and fore fathers, living the fertile land of the Baganda untainted by (for want of a better word) these shameless land grabbers. Just wait to see what they are going to do to the land in Bunyoro… they will take it away by the truck loads, the spoon loads until all there is to show is a yawning hole in the ground.

  2. u de writer yo so idiotic in yo thinking.but take it from me whether 1000 yrs time that land will still belong to buganda as stated by all documents. i don’t think u will carry it to ankole. we shall take over all developments on it, its just a matter of time.

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