How Much has been done on the 350 sq miles of Buganda land so far?

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The Kabaka holds the land in trust
Publication date: Monday, 9th June, 2008
Letter of the day

EDITOR—I wish to add some value to Pereza Ahabwe’s article published on May 29. In the article, Ahabwe stated that the land Bill attempts to protect the ordinary people. I fully support his view.

However, I wish to correct one mistake which many people make believing that the 350 sq miles of Buganda land was given to the Kabaka as his personal property.

The fact is when the 1900 Buganda Agreement was made, several parcels of land were allotted to the kabaka, katikiro Omulamuzi saza and gombolola chiefs as official mailo estates.

The kabaka was to hold the land in trust for the baganda with a restriction not to transfer or sell the land under his trust but to collect busulu and envujjo for his welfare.

This explains why all the sekabakas, including Sir Edward Mutesa never sold, transferred or converted official mailo estates into their own names as personal property.

If this had been allowed to do so, the current Kabaka, Ronald Muwenda Mutebi would have found nothing left! Article 246(3)(a) of the Constitution of Uganda 1995, imposed on a traditional leader a duty to hold assets or property like official mailo estates in trust for the baganda so that the Kabaka became a mere trustee while the Baganda are the beneficiaries of the 350 sq miles. It is also quite clear that when the Government decided to give 350 sq miles to the kabaka under Article 118(4) of the Constitution (Amendment) Statute, 1993(Statute No 7 of 1993) the kabaka was to hold the 350 square miles as a trustee for the baganda, the beneficiaries not in his personal capacity as private property.

It appears kabaka Mutebi considers himself as the last Kabaka and is busy winding up the kabakaship! This is a very serious matter which Mengo has created as it goes down to the root of the kingdom. I strongly contend that the formation of a private company, Rexba Ltd, whose shareholders/members are a selected few individuals from the Mengo establishment to which company the Kabaka as a trustee transferred the kabakas’ official mailo estates without the consent of baganda through an elected Lukiiko, will soon or later cause a constitutional crisis. Baganda like dan Mulika will challenge the Kabaka the transfer of this land to Rexba where Mutebi holds 99% shares and his son Jjunju hold 1% in a Constitutional Court. The Kabaka as a trustee has no legal power to transfer trust property to himself as an individual. The law of tracing will in future catch up with him.

Kulumba Kiingi
Kampala
This article can be found on-line at: http://www.newvision.co.ug/D/8/21/632490

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Ba Ssebo ne ba Nyabo, Twebaza Abaganda bonna abulumulirwa Obuganda . Era twebaza ne mikwano gya Buganda gyonna wonna wegiri munsi yonna. Omukutu guno gwatandikibwawo nga e’kigendererwa kwe kuyigiriza abantu ebintu ebikwatagana no’Buganda era nokuwanyisiganya ebilowozo nebanaffe abatali Baganda. Abaganda ne mikwano gya Buganda mukozese omukisa guno muwereze ebirowozo byamwe no’bubaka bwona obunaagasa Abaganda na’baana Buganda berizala mu maaso eyo. Obumu ku bubaka obuwerezebwa ku mukutu guno bugyibwa mukuwanyisiganya ebirowozo okubera kumukutu gwa Ugandan’s at Heart (UAH) Forum ogwatandikibwawo Mwami Abbey Kibirige Semuwemba. Era twebaza muzukulu wa Kintu ne Nnambi ono olw’omulimu gwakoledde bana Uganda bonna abali e’bunayira mungeri yo kubagatta mu byempuliziganya no’kutumbula okukolaganira awamu.

4 responses »

  1. The Bagandaphobs who sprung from the greed of those that detested justice and truth continues: so for anyone to talk about the darside of Buganda; they fail to recognise transparency in everything Buganda…no other Nation is under such a spot-light in the Federation of Uganda that those very Bugandaphobic people do no not wish to recognise

    Dr. I N Kaggwa

  2. As a muganda a friend of mine asked me if I will ever get a share of the 9,000 square mile land (or whatever figure it is ) that Buganda ifs fighting for, and my answer was a clear no. He also asked me if I will benefit from the taxes collected from this land, my answer was no. Who then will benefit? That is the question.
    As a caveat those who know the history of the Buganda kingdom know it very well that it was brutal to its people to put it lightly in comparison to the present days. Many lost their land, wives and lives. The word of the king was the Law, his regime was a dictatorial regime and no one outside his linage could rise to be king. You could not be richer than the king or have a wife who was more beautiful than his every thing belonged to him he was God. We tend to forget all this as we fancy with the present day kingdom, howbeit those in control would prefer to return to the times when they could rule the land.
    Poor peasant who knows their names? No one.
    If they don’t pay their dues, they will surely lose their land, if the king had his way they will surely lose it too that’s if it was fertile land, and it will be given to one of the present day lawyers or his confidants.
    Nobody wants to celebrate the darker side of the moon although it doesn’t mean its not there. Well all hope to see the full and bright light of our Kingdom, but the ghosts of the past will fight for there place in the sky.

    For God and My Country,

    Dr.Eddie. MD

  3. Dr. Kayondo,

    Which countries do you know of whose past is pristine? Every culture/people/group has a past they’d rather not have had, if they had a choice.

    Remember, too, that the taxes collected from the land would help maintain Buganda’s culture, history, education institutions, hospitals, etc. There’s nothing to be ashamed of in having this land, nor is there for having a culture as rich, old and solid as Buganda’s . I say this because you sound like an apologist for all those non-Baganda who don’t take the time to learn about theirs, but, instead, put a great deal of effort in disparaging Buganda’s culture. Certainly don’t be apologetic on my behalf.

    JB

  4. Guys,

    Try as much as you can to turnish the name of the kabaka.We all know who you represent.Rexba is in charge of royal fund called Enkuluze.This is supposed to maintain the royals and the kabaka.It revenues comes mainly from the 350 miles kabaka `s land. If you dont understand these things ,dont pretend to be an expert.Slowly ww are getting to know your motives.By the way tell us What mr. Museveni and his family own for a change.WE would be interested in that too!

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