This will come as good news and gift to Buganda Kingdom that is celebrating the 20th coronation anniversary of His Majesty Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II.
According to Sarah Kagingo, the Special Presidential Assistant on Communications, President Yoweri Museveni on Friday evening signed a Memorandum of Understanding in the presence of emissaries of His Majesty Ssabasajja Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II that marks the return of Buganda’s Properties to the Kingdom, at State House Entebbe. The emissaries included Buganda’s Prime Minister Owekitiibwa Charles Mayega, Prince David Wasajja, Owekitiibwa Apollo Makubuya and Ssabasajja Kabaka’s subject Ndiwalana Herbert.
Before handing over the signed Memorandum of Understanding to Owekitiibwa Charles Mayega, the President said: “We’ve been having a long process of discussions between the Central Government and the Mengo Administration about the properties that used to belong to the Administration of the Buganda Kingdom.
These were official Estates for the Masaza, Amagombolola, properties of chiefs and a number of other properties. These were taken for administration by the provincial Government after the overthrow of the Constitution of 1962. We’ve been involved in long discussions.
“We have now agreed and signed a Memorandum of Understanding that will be availed to the media in due course.” The president said.
He added “I take pleasure in handing in the Memorandum of Understanding to the Prime Minister of Buganda Kingdom Owekitiibwa Charles Mayega.”
The President handed over the Memorandum of Understanding signed by President of the Republic of Uganda, H.E Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, witnessed by Attorney General Hon. Peter Nyombi and Ssabasajja Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II witnessed by the Prime Minister of Buganda, Owekitiibwa Charles Mayega.
This will come as great news to the Baganda community who have for a long time demanded that government returns the Kingdom properties.
It’s timing is also worth noting. It comes at a time the Kingdom is celebrating the 20th coronation anniversary of His Royal Highness The Kabaka of Buganda Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II.
President Museveni has also congratulated the Kabaka on this occasion.
“On behalf of my family, the NRM fraternity and the people of Uganda, I congratulate His Royal Highness The Kabaka of Buganda Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II upon his 20th Coronation Anniversary”- President Yoweri Museveni said Friday afternoon at State House Entebbe.
Adapted From Sarah Kagingo’s Facebook wall.
She is the Special Presidential Assistant on Communications