Charles Peter Mayiga, the Katikiro of Buganda Kingdom says he will not stop fundraising for Buganda Kingdom despite emerging voices within Buganda calling for the end of the project.
Since last year, Katikiro Mayiga has been carrying out national and international fundraising tours for reconstruction of burnt Kasubi tombs, renovation of Buganda Kingdom seat at Bulange and completion of a commercial building called Muganziwazza.
On February 14th this year, Mayiga collected 350milion shillings from greater Masaka region towards reconstruction of Kasubi tombs.
But on Monday, Mayiga returned to greater Masaka region, for another round of fundraising drive amid calls to end the project.
On Tuesday evening while Mayiga was touring Kitanda sub county in Bukomansimbi over Buganda Reconstruction drive, some residents led by Moses Ntege shouted to Mayiga asking him to end the project immediately.
Ntege, who later ran away after security operatives attempted to arrest him explained that Katikiro had become a chief beggar something that is embarrassing Buganda Kingdom. Ntege is one of the few bold Buganda loyalists who has spoken out publicly against the project.
However, the visibly angry Katikiro responded by accusing Ntege and those with similiar sentiments of being anti-Buganda drunkards. Mayiga however said he would not bow to pressure calling him to end the project saying it was authorized by Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi.
Mayiga explained that in Butenga, some residents also accused him of collecting money from them to take to the Kabaka who is a rich tycoon. He however explained that although Kabaka is rich, they need to give him money to sustain and enhance his wealth.
Mayiga, who was speaking in Luganda said Buganda had many projects that need funding and they expect the funding from Kabaka’s subjects.
Mayiga, who got over 100million shillings from Lwengo and Bukomansimbi district, also said they want to use the money to renovate all the other Kingdom tombs around Buganda and set up other income generating activities for the Kingdom.
Yiga Barilonda, a resident of Bukomansimbi who donated 11million shillings asked the Katikiro to go ahead with the project since it aims at enhancing prosperity of Buganda Kingdom.
MP Susan Namaganda, the Bukomansimbi District Woman MP commended the Katikiro for using the fundraising drive to reach several areas of the Kingdom. She said Mayiga’s tours have rejuvenated the past glory of Katikiro’s status.
MP Namaganda also said they have no problem with Prime Minister Mayiga fundraising for the Kingdom provided the money already has projects to fund.