The current debate on Mailo land tenure system vis a vis the recommendations by the Commission of Inquiry on Land matters, commonly known as the Justice Bamugemereire’s commission, points to a time bomb on which Uganda is today sitting on. Truths and falsehoods are mingled and what we shall reap will never be sweet for anybody.
The missing link in the land debate is the 1900 Buganda Agreement. It is that Agreement which first mentioned square miles as a measure of land owned or to be owned by individuals, institutions like missionaries, chiefdoms, Buganda Kingdom and Uganda administration.
The Agreement even points out 10,550 square miles that was ceded by Buganda Kingdom to Uganda administration in return for specified sums of money that was to be paid by the central government to Buganda Kingdom.
Now lies are being conjured with truths. Even where people who owned land and later sold it off to either natives or non-natives, we now hear, want what they or their grand parents sold, returned to them. Tell me if that will leave this country in peace!
Even lawyers who know the truth about 1900 Agreement are determined to twist their tongues and blow more oxygenised air into the likely flame. They say Mailo land tenure system protects the sale of land to non-natives yet they know that many owners of Mailo land have already sold it to either non-natives or natives.
Our beloved country is sitting on a time bomb planted by greedy people who eat a loaf with one mouth and demand it back with the other mouth.
I request that you, the general public, accesses and reads the 1900 Agreement between Uganda Administration and Buganda Kingdom for a better understanding of what is at stake. This will help my beloved Ugandan brothers and sisters to see the hidden historical facts and use them to work for peace instead of creating unease.