Buganda, Buruuli Chiefdom In Fresh Land Row

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Isabaruuli Mwogezi Butamanya has petitioned the Attorney General, Fred Ruhindi protesting the failure of government to implement the memorandum of understanding. The petition is copied to Minister for Lands, Housing and Urban Development, Minister for Presidency and the State House Legal Advisor.

Buganda Kingdom and Buruli chiefdom are embroiled in a fresh feud over land at Nakasongola district headquarters. The conflict stems from a decision by Mengo to construct a permanent toilet near the disputed palace of the Kabaka at Nakasongola district headquarters. 



The contested land measures about eight square miles and hosts Nakasongola district headquarters, Kabaka's Palace and Isabaruuli offices among others.The move has drawn anger and protests from Buruuli chiefdom. Samuel Kaweesi, the Buruuli chiefdom spokesperson, says in the August, 2013 memorandum of understanding between President Yoweri Museveni and Kabaka Ronald Mutebi, it was agreed that the land at former Buganda administrative units in Nakasongola will be left  for Buruuli chiefdom.

 
 
He however, says Buganda Kingdom has defied the memorandum and gone ahead to erect permanent structures at Nakasongola district headquarters despite their protests. Isabaruuli Mwogezi Butamanya has petitioned the Attorney General, Fred Ruhindi protesting the failure of government to implement the memorandum of understanding. 



The petition is copied to Minister for Lands, Housing and Urban Development, Minister for Presidency and the State House Legal Advisor. Butamanya is also bitter over government failure to hand over the land titles of all former administrative units to the chiefdom. In his March 16th letter seen by URN, Isabaruuli warns that should government fail to restrain Mengo to back off land, may lead to insecurity. 



He is also demanding for a meeting with the Attorney General and his team to address their grievances. Gerald Kyanjo Kimbugwe, Buganda's representative in Nakasongola, says that Buruuli is wasting time, saying the construction work will continue as planned since Mengo owns the title for the land in questions. He advises Isabaruuli to sue government for breaching the memorandum of understanding. 



Our reporter couldn't reach Fred Ruhinda, the Attorney General for a comment on the matter. In July last year, Buruuli chiefdom loyalists wrote to the office of the Resident District Commissioner, Apollo Bwebale asking him to compel Mengo to demolish the semi-permanent palace, which was erected to host Kabaka Ronald Mutebi during his earlier visit to the district. 



However, Mengo rejected the calls to demolish the palace saying the land belongs to the Kabaka. The palace was gutted by fire two months later amidst allegations of arson. However, the Kingdom decided to reconstruct the parts that were destroyed by file early this year. 

 

 

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Brian Luwaga
Since Brian Luwaga joined Uganda Radio Network in 2011, he is still amazed how, "URN is a place that gives journalists a chance to enhance their skills . It gives a journalist an opportunity to adopt and master various aspects of journalism that include radio broadcast, social media, photography and television production."

A practicing journalist since 2009, first with Star FM, Luwaga has always been keen to write about the concerns of the "common person." Based for much of his career in Luweero, Luwaga takes it as a compliment if politicians complain that his reporting is too harsh.

In his journalism, Luwaga likes to merge the past with the present. He believes you cannot understand what is happening now, if you do not have a grounding in the past. Brian Luwaga is the Luweero URN bureau chief. Nakasongola, Nakaseke, Mityana, Mubende and Wakiso districts fall under his docket.

Luwaga is interested in humanitarian work and is a keen Rotarian.