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.
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.