Thursday June 26 2014

Four arrested over sale of Kabaka’s land


Police have arrested four Buganda Land Board officials for allegedly selling part of the 87 acres of Kabaka’s land located in Buddo, Wakiso District.

The 87 acres of land house King’s College Buddo and Buddo Primary School. The suspects were arrested following a tip off from the management of the two institutions. The two schools were leased the land for 44 years in the early 1980s and the lease is yet to expire.

Addressing journalist yesterday in Kampala, Mr Emilian Kayima, the public relations officer, police land protection unit, said the suspects were arrested on the scene as they surveyed the land which is under a running lease.

“We want to put a stop to any ongoing deal, threatening of occupants and trespassing on the land as investigations proceed,” Mr Kayima said in a press briefing.

Mr Kayima further said, “We shall prefer cases of trace pace, threatening of the public and malicious damage of properties against the suspects.”
However, when paraded before journalists, on Wednesday all the suspects denied being employees of the Buganda Land Board (BLB) but admitted being private real estate dealers.

Mr Abbey Ntambi, the BLB corporate communications manager told journalists that the main suspect is a former employee of the institution, but was dismissed on similar accounts of selling Buganda properties fraudulently.

“We want to warn the public that whoever wants to buy or lease the Kabaka’s land must acquire such authorities from the BLB as the rightful custodians of the Buganda properties,” Mr Ntambi said.

On May 19, 2014, the Buganda premier, Peter Mayiga, while addressing a Lukiiko, said many caretakers of the Buganda land had abused their trust and proceeded to parcel out chunks of Buganda land.

He warned that every encroacher on Buganda properties will be evicted so that the kingdoms properties are well protected.