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Kabaka to visit Bugerere in January

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By MERCY NALUGO

Posted  Friday, December 27  2013 at  02:00

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Demands. Buganda premier says they are determined to achieve their objectives and they will not be intimidated.

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Kampala.

The Katikkiro of Buganda, Mr Peter Mayiga, has announced that Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi will pay a visit to the people of Bugerere County next month.
Addressing hundreds that turned up at Rubaga Cathedral to celebrate Christmas, the Katikkiro also reminded government to come clear on its promises endorsed in the August agreement with the kingdom.
“We are happy to announce that the Kabaka will be visiting the people of Bugerere next month. We will announce a detailed programme later,” he said.
Quoting the Luganda adage that “okumyuka amaaso si buzira,” (having red eyes does not make one a genius), the Katikkiro said the kingdom is determined to achieve its objectives and shall not be deterred nor intimidated.

In September 2009, former Buganda premier J.B. Walusimbi was stopped by police, led by deputy director of operations Grace Turyagumanawe, from proceeding beyond Ssezibwa Bridge, the spot which marks the border between Kayunga and Mukono districts, over what they called “security concerns”.
The team was travelling to prepare for a visit by Kabaka Mutebi to Bugerere Town where the kingdom’s annual youth day celebrations were slated to take place.
But the kingdom has apparently mended fences with the central government following the signing of an agreement that saw government donate Shs2 billion as contribution towards the reconstruction of Kasubi Tombs.

The Katikkiro, however, urged government to implement what was agreed upon in the signed agreement.
“I am glad the vice president is here, through you, I request that you remind the President to implement what was endorsed in the agreement we signed,” he said.
According to the Memorandum of Understanding signed by President Museveni and the Kabaka in August, the government agreed to return the kingdom property that include all counties’ and sub-counties’ administrative buildings and land, Jesa Farm on Mityana Road, Mutesa House in London, which was sold by the Milton Obote government, Plot 52 on Kampala Road which houses King Fahd Plaza, and all land belonging to the kingdom.

Also, all markets belonging to the kingdom are to be retuned, but those under construction or already built would be subject for further discussion between Mengo and the central government.
Apparently, a government joint committee was set up to evaluate and verify properties that initially belonged to Buganda with a view of reverting them back to the kingdom.

mnalugo@ug.nationmedia.com