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The Mengo establishment is trapped in an embarrassing situation following a shaky but strongly opposed Buganda Kingdom attempt to evict at least 500 homesteads from Kabaka Muwenda Mutebi’s land in Buziga, a Kampala suburb, while at the same time fighting a new land law which government says is meant to protect tenants.

To compound the situation, the affected families are threatening to organise street demonstrations, the first against the kingdom, in protest against the planned eviction.

In opposing the Land Amendment Bill 2007, Buganda argues that the law, which government claims is meant to protect tenants, is not necessary because the existing legislation adequately regulates the relationship between tenants and landlords. Now the kingdom finds itself in an awkward situation fighting to evict people settled on the 91-acre piece of land in Konge, Buziga. Last week, enraged residents pelted tractors deployed to grade the area with stones and threatened violence against the investor whom Buganda Land Board (BLB) recently leased the land to.

The residents are now seeking Police permission to take to the streets to demonstrate against BLB’s land giveaway to the investor. The investor had ferried tractors and other equipment to the site to start clearing the land, but was repulsed by the angry residents.The Police’s Criminal Investigations Department (CID) is investigating the incident. On Friday last week, leaders of the affected residents for the second time handed an ultimatum to former Buganda Katikkiro, Dan Muliika, who is currently an advisor to Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II, to prevail over BLB or else they take the protest to the streets.BLB administers Kabaka’s official 350sq miles of land to which 91 acres in Konge are part.

GENESIS
Buganda Land Board Executive Secretary, Kyewalabye Male, has told The Observer that an investor, one Voeller, through his company, Sevo Property Group, was leased this land in 1995 to develop it into a modern commercial and residential area. At that time (1995), according to Kyewalabye, there were only 10 homes occupying 40 acres of the surveyed 141.2 acres of Kabaka’s land. But the developer failed to fund the project and the owner, the Kabaka, through his agents, repossessed the land in November 2006.

According to Mengo sources, the Kabaka tasked the area LC-I Chairman, Lukyamuzi Hussein Kakooza, to protect the land against encroachers. Instead, Mengo sources allege that Kabaka’s sub-county chief, one Namayirira, together with Lukyamuzi, allegedly sold some of the land to new developers. As a result, BLB secured another investor, Equatorial Real Estate Company, who according to Kyewalabye found 240 homes on the land, most of them illegal occupants. Equatorial Real Estate Company is owned by Lucas Krank (Finland), Richard Mugera (son of Bbale Mugera, the former chairman of Express Football Club), and Craig Campbell. The company paid BLB Shs1.3 billion for a 75-year lease.

Kyewalabye said that people who are legally on this land have actually commenced negotiations with the investors but the encroachers want to sabotage the process by invoking the Kabaka’s name.
BLB contributes at least Shs7 billion to Mengo every year through collection of rent and granting of leases.

MULIIKA WARNS
The residents of the area who say they number about 1,500 have formed an umbrella grouping called Buziga, Konge and Kyamula Residents Association. The leaders of the Association are; Prince Peter Kimbugwe and Mohles Kalule Segululigamba. The two led their executive committee to Kamwokya on Friday to hand over documents relating to their occupancy to Muliika. They complained that BLB and the Katikkiro, J.B Walusimbi, have not helped them and were now issuing a final warning to Mengo.
The residents have also petitioned State House and are seeking Police permission to demonstrate against BLB.

Muliika told The Observer that after receiving their documents at his Kamwokya offices, he forwarded the complaints to the Katikkiro and the office of the Kabaka.
“I am surprised no action has been taken,” he said. Muliika warned Mengo against divisive agents who want to cause a rift between Kabaka and his subjects. He warned that instead of evicting people, they should be involved in developmental projects. Residents are holding vigil every Sunday at which names of affected people are registered. They have also opened an online registration form for Ugandans in the Diaspora with homes in the area to register.

The handling of this land dispute has boxed Mengo in a tight corner. Mengo is opposed to the proposed Land Amendment Bill which Museveni says is aimed at protecting tenants. Legal and illegal occupants have taken advantage of Mengo’s opposition to the Bill and refused to vacate Kabaka’s land even when it is needed for genuine development projects. The victims instead accuse BLB of corruption.

The Konge project has drawn in area MP, Hussein Kyanjo. While he is very loyal to Buganda, his voters want him to champion their cause. The residents include MPs Geoffrey Ekanya (Tororo County) and Isaac Ssejoba (Bukoto Mid-West).

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List of affected people

Aguti Gertrude
Ameru Okello
Arifiore Fred
Arthur Franco
Asea Apollo
Ayebare Lawrence
Babiita Tracy
Babirye Rose
Baligasima Herbert
Balungu Hanifa
Bamutenda JB
Banya Alice
Basalide Joseph
Bbosa David Alex
Bbosa Kulumba Sheff
Bossa David
Brusa David
Bukenya Grace
Bukware A
Buni Bosco
Busulwa Herbert
Bwanika Lukoma
Bwebuga Erisa
Byabagambi Rehema
Byabagambi Simon
Byamugisha Robert
Byarugaba JN
Byekwaso K Bright
Capatini J
Ddamulira David
Ddamulira Tom
Ddungu Peter
Edi Semusu
Feeti Nelson
Fuluwero Joseph
Gamba Muhammad 
Ganyana Grace
Godfrey Bahingwa (Dr)
Goloba Francis
Gombya Eddie
Guelere Cornnelius
Gulere Grace
Gumonye Issa
Hadija Naava
Hannington Nsubuga
Haspher Nalyowa Kaddu
Ibrahim Nsamba (Haj)
Iddi Ramadhan
Iga Abdu (Haj)
Iga Ali
Iga Hassan
Isabirye Paul Esau
Jaggwe Haroon Sheikh
Jamba Peter
Jemba Peter
Jjemba R
Jumba Masagazi (Haj)
Jumba Ronne
Kabanda M
Kabenge Isaac
Kaboggoza George
Kaboggoza Hussein
Kabogoza Stephen
Kabugo Godfrey
Kabuye Samson Kironde
Kafeero Sarah
Kaggwa S.
Kagimu Stanley
Kaitesi Sylvia
Kakande Alex
Kakembo Muhammed
Kakembo Zam
Kakola Teddy
Kakomo Jimmy
Kakonge Fred
Kalanzi B
Kalanzi Ester
Kalanzi Godfrey
Kalema Frank
Kalule Fauzu
Kalule Godfrey Jjingo
Kalule Joseph
Kalule Mohles Segululigamba
Kalungi James
Kalungi Twaha
Kamanzi Barnerd
Kamasu Edith
Kamoga Leonard
Kamugisha R F
Kamuli Emma
Kanyiga Mawejje
Kasiita
Kasiita Keneth
Kasiko Margaret
Kasirivu Ponsiano
Kasozi P
Kasujja Wilson
Kasule Denis
Kasumba Abbey
Katamba Godfrey
Katamba Henry
Katende Patrcik
Kateregga Richard
Kateregga Vincent
Kato Wumalu
Katumba Hamid
Katungi Norma
Kavuma Fred
Kaweesa Simon
Kawere Juma
Kawonawo
Kawooya
Kawooya Peter
Kayondo John
Kayondo Pius
Kayongo Ronald
Kepe Alex
Kibirige Ali
Kibuule Deo
Kiganda Said
Kiggundu Juliet
Kiggundu Juliet
Kiggundu Vincent
Kigongo Muwanga
Kigongo Sam
Kigozi Deogratius
Kigozi Deogratius
Kigundu Doreen
Kigundu Vincent
Kijjo Patrick
Kikulwe Enoch
Kikulwe Joyce
Kimbowa Isma
Kimbowa Robert
Kimbugwe Peter
Kimera Peter
Kindo Emmanuel
Kinene David
Kintu Prossy
Kitenda Zahara
Kivumbi Edward
Kiwanuka Annet
Kiwanuka Ben
Kiwanuka David
Kiwanuka Esther
Kiyaga Andrew
Kiyimba Mitto Richard
Kizito Fred
Kizito Muahammed
Kizito Richard
Kizza Nsigeye Sarah
Kizza Stenon
Kulanju Willy
Kyamulabi Katende
Kyemwa Paul
Kyobe A
Kyobe Geofrey
Kyomugisha Agnes
Latib Mwanje (Haj)
Lipo Alex
Lubega Ali
Lubega Augustine
Lubega Francis
Lubega Musa
Lubega Mustapha
Lubowa A G (Eng)
Lubowa Haruna
Lubowa Margaret
Lubowa Nasser
Lubowa Racheal
Lubowa Richard
Lubowa Richard
Lubwama P
Lugolobi Andrew
Lukago Betty
Lukoma Fred
Lule Daniel
Lutaaya Janat
Lutaaya Sande
Luyima Fred
Lwesse Hussein
Maganda Albert
Magezi Bruno
Maggie Kaggwa
Magoba Rose
Makumbi Patrick Ps.
Male Peter
Male Solomon
Malege Ddiba
Margaret Kasiko
Mariam Nabagulanyi
Matovu ALI (Haj)
Matovu Charles
Mayanja Joseph
Mayanja Muhammed
Mayanja R
Mayega Henry
Mayishara Kawagu
Mbabali Abbas
Mboowa David
Miiro Chamis
Misi Zakaria
Mohammed Salim Khan
Mpaka Fred
Mpanga Ibrahim
Mpanga Ssenyonjo
Mpanju Sulaiman
Mpiima Awali
Mpiira
Mubiru (Mrs)
Mubiru Abdu Nasser
Mubiru Ahmed
Mubiru Hassan
Mubiru Moses
Mubiru Moses
Muddu Awulira
Mugagga Julius
Muganga Martin
Mugerwa
Mugerwa Abbey Lukwago
Mugerwa M
Mugisha Patrick Kagwa
Mugoya Richard
Muhairwe Patrick Immaculate
Muhima Richard
Mujjumba Richard
Mujuni Harriet
Mujuni Milton
Mujuzi Deborah
Mujuzi Henry
Mukabya Abbey
Mukalazi
Mukalazi Sarah
Mukasa James
Mukasa Malia
Mukasa Patrick
Mukooli Edward
Mulangira Jackson
Mulangira Ssalongo Mutebi John
Mulinda Fred
Mulogo Peter
Munawa Bakunda
Musanje
Musisi
Musisi Abdul
Musisi Joseph
Musisi Ssalongo James
Musisi Y
Musitwa P
Musoke Abdu
Musoke Geofrey
Musoke Lillian
Musoke Raphael
Musunza Mathias
Mutebi Joseph
Mutesiyensi Kensi
Mutoni Jane
Mutyaba Eddie
Muwanga Jeff
Muwanga John
Muwanga Teo
Muyimba Bruhan
Muyingo Swaibu
Muyomba Vincent
Muzamir Kiyemba
Mwajunzi Mike
Mwanje Charles
Mwanje Emmanuel
Mwanje R (Haj)
Mwesige David
Mwesigye Dakta
Mwesigye Edward
Nabakooza Cissy
Nabala Angella
Nabayinda Aida
Nagadya Florence
Nagawa Asia
Nagguya Jessica
Nakacwa Joyce
Nakanabi Aisha
Nakanwagi Margaret
Nakato Sylvia
Nakatudde Brenda
Nakayiwa Margaret
Nakimera Afwa Kajubi
Nakintu Florence
Nakintu Jalia
Nakku P
Nalongo Buyinja
Nalongo Kaggwa R
Nalongo Kulisitina
Nalongo Mary
Nalongo Nakibinge
Nalongo Nkuubi
Nalongo Sseruwagi
Nalubega Annet
Naluyima Josephine
Namaalwa Nalongo
Namakula Barbara
Namala Maria
Namala Suzan
Namalwa Mary
Nambi Sophia
Namuddu E/Sam Ssali
Namuganza Milly
Namuli Sophia
Namusisi Alice
Namuwonge Betty
Namwanje Ruth
Nandawula Rosette
Nankabirwa Aisha
Nansubuga M
Nantale Mishi
Nanva Kadija
Nanyonga Rose
Nanziri Sarah
Nanziri Topi
Nasani Sewambo
Nasir Farouqi
Nassolo Phiromela
Nassolo Rose
Nattuba Agnes
Nayiga Annet
Nazziwa Mary
Ndawula Bamutalira
Ndawula Fred
Ndibowa Stephen
Ndilangwa Siliman
Ngobi Julius
Njayira Muhamadi
Nkabanoha Alex (Dr)
Nkubana Cossy
Nkwasire Julius
Nsamba Yiga
Nsereko Lukwago
Nsereko Sulaiman
Nserimi Bagampadde
Nsigaye Ceasar
Nsobya Ismail
Nsubuga Cyrus
Nsubuga Hannington
Ntale Jackson
Ntambi Mutale
Ntanda Ahmedi
Ntanda Janat
Ntende Charles
Ntobola Sharifah
Ntulume B Sebadduka
Ntulume Florence
Nusubuga Cyrus
Nuwagaba Herbert
Nyandwi Elphas
Nyombi Yahya
Nyongesa Jospeh
Ochola Anthony
Okello A Jacob
Okello Ouma (Prof)
Olsuth Hussein
Olum Francis
Pude Christopher
Rehema Katabazi
Rwendeire Richard
Salasamba Henry Semusambwa
Sali Nakiwala
Salongo Yuliko
Samba Henry
Sambwa Agnes
Sande Rogers
Sanyu Kizza (Hajat)
Sarah Kibirige
Sebuyira Fred
Sejjoba Isaac (Hon)
Sekamate Joram
Sekitto Richard
Seliatema T James
Sembatya Henry
Sempa Emanuel
Sendagala Charles
Sendege Vincent
Sendi Paul
Serunjogi David
Sewambwa Nathan
Ssali Lamula
Ssali Matayo
Ssalongo Godfrey
Ssebankyayira JB
Ssebuliba Paul (Dr)
Ssebulime Fred
Ssebulime T
Ssebunya Moses
Ssegirinya Francis
Sseguya Denis
Ssejoba Mayanja
Ssekabira Mark
Ssekamatte Juram
Ssekasamba Jimmy
Ssekito Hamza
Ssekito Richard
Ssemakula Robert
Ssembajwe John Ssenabulya Ronald
Ssendiisa M
Ssengendo John Bosco
Ssengendo Joseph
Ssengendo Rachael
Ssengo Rashid
Ssengonzi Christine
Ssenkali Kivumbi
Ssentalo Gerald
Ssentamu Shepherd
Ssentongo Gladys
Ssenyange Mariam
Ssenyange Paul
Ssenyonga Farid
Ssenyonga G W Mbuya
Ssenyonga Jane 
Ssenyonga Lameck
Ssenyonga Mbuga
Ssenyonjo Ashraf
Ssenyonjo Daniel
Ssenyonjo Kakyama
Sserugo Erias
Sserugo Erias Sheikh 
Sserunga Muniru
Sserunjogi Godfrey
Sserunjogi John
Sserunkuma Mike
Sseruwagi Brian
Sseruwagi Daniel
Sseruwagi Henry
Sserwanga Charles
Ssesaazi Robert
Ssesanga Moses
Ssewava Henry
Ssewaya Steven
Ssinabulya Dorothy
Ssonko David
Ssonko Edward
Ssonko Olivia
Sunday Herbert
Tamukedde Muhammed
Tamukedde Muluya
Tamusange Hawali
Tenwya Charles
Tigawalana Godfrey
Tommy Mills
Tondo Thomas
Tugumisirize Prossy
Turyakira Armstrong
Turyakira Ketrah
Turyamwijuka Silvanus
Turyatunga Herbert
Twebaze Maruh G
Twesigye Silver
Vaale
Vicky Ollson
Wabuna Sophia
Wadda Rosette
Walusimbi Dalton
Wamala David
Wamala Hadija
Wamala Mutyaba
Wampamba Patrick
Wanyama Ben
Wasswa Hassan
Waswa (Haj)
Were Willy
Zalwango Florence
Zimula Robert
Ziraba Makumbi
Zzingu Patrick
Zziwa Akram
Zziwa Akram

Comments

 
0 #1 Magwara Mate 2009-06-21 19:53
No one knows how many times the government of President Museveni has been called upon to have the problems affecting the common man addressed and most times the people finding no help but politics in government's responses. President Museveni should be advised to ignore the opportunists and exploitative landlords association at mengo and some in the churches and expeditiously have the Land Ammendment bill passed enacted into law. He should also prevail over his corrupt officials that are utilising the current situation to grab land or protect grabbers.

Amin was no fool to abolish Mailo land in 1974. Government should establish a fund to compensate the mailo land owners or else we are sitting on a time bomb. Like France in 1789, the oppressed will mount a revolution and reposess the land.
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-1 #2 kabayekka 2009-06-22 11:10
This current President of Uganda cannot solve the land tenure system which has befallen the King of Buganda and his people. He is greedy with power and holding the young electorate at ransom. As the King was removed illegally by an illegal central government and for 40 years the sovereign estates were encroached on, any wise and peaceful citizen who has Uganda at heart, can now see what needs to be done under such inhumane circumstances. There are no half solutions to the modern problems of what the State of Buganda has gone through just after attaining its hard fought independence in 1962. Woligwa nange wendigwa nebwebuliba myaka 100 ejobwajjajja.
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0 #3 DAVID 2009-06-22 20:03
Mengo top officials in connivance with the BLB have formed brief-case companies in their bid not to be overtaken by some of their counterparts in the central government with regard to the current land bonanza(read land scam).Land under the custody of the BLB is "sold" to companies owned by themselves in a bid to take over the leasing and management of infrastructures located onto it like markets and residential premises.

Apart from this highly hyped Equatorial Real Estates Limited,there are other pseudo-companies like Rexba Limited and Maxwell Trading Company.These have really caused mayhem to the tenants(Mengo purports to be advocating for) on the various parcels of land especially that located in the Kampala suburbs.

Take a look at Rexba Ltd,owned by the Kabaka(as a private individual) with 99% shares and his son,Prince Crispin Junju 1%.Among the directors are two Mengo ministers and leading Baganda personalities,s ome of whom are outspoken critics of the Land bill.Land was sold to this company at give away prices with some going to as low as UGX 400,000.This company has really undertaken evictions in Busega and Bwaise.

On the otherhand,there is also Maxwell Trading Company owned by the Local Government Minister in the Buganda Kingdom,Jolly Lutaaya.This is reported threatening the Kisenyi traders under their umbrella,Mengo Kisenyi Buwanika Traders Association(MKB TA),with eviction notices after it illegally obtained a lease from the BLB.

Thus basing on the above,the ping-pong between Mengo and the Central government on the prevailing land scam can be summarised as,"One camel making fun of another camel's hump".(Guinea Proverb)
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0 #4 Naome 2009-06-24 00:29
Why cant they buy them selves out to avoid embarrasing both parties. This is obvious. Even the educated cant figure this out?????????????????? If that is the case build houses for the evicted and then evict them .Dont leave them homeless. Be considerate please who ever it may concern.
when we all die we are going to go with nothing.Let us negotiate without making it a big deal and topic for publicity
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0 #5 Peter 2009-06-24 13:11
Delink the business of the nobles from that of the bakopi. Mengo should create a accountable and transparent sytems and adopt an interactive coomunication model instead on the top-down approach they are using.

Equatorial is a nappy company whose actions need bleaching to remove the stain it has left on Buganda.
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0 #6 Nazziwa theopista. 2009-06-24 14:38
baganda should wake up and call a spade a spade. the truth cannot be hidden forever. mornachies allover the world have never given a damn about the common man. they exist to exploit peasants in the name of culture. please,,,, this is not a surprise. all of you who are knowledgeable, aquaint ourselves with the workings of mornachies.
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0 #7 sam 2009-06-24 14:51
HA HA HA HA....Now what will those at Mengo say..blame Museveni??..Buganda is sitting on a tome bomb with that rotten land tenure system called MAILO that makes over 90% of baganda landless in their kingdom...all that land should be made public and leases given to people.That will spur development and avoid unplanned cities like kampala has become
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0 #8 Adyeeri Stephen Biraahwa Mukitale 2009-06-24 15:13
Buganda is unfortunate to have inherited from the colonial state the excess buggage of the land injustice which have only been massaged by the successive post-independence governments.

Amin, in the land decree, attempted to restrict land for production under lease system while, the radical title belonged to the state. The NRM government in 1995 constitution and the 1998 land act, over democratized by expecting the powerful landlords and the rich to have been converted to the biblical 'brother's keeper', alas! rampant evictions have disproved us even when the bonafide occupant and lawful occupant is by law protected, thus, the NRM land amendment.

My appeal to BLB, and all absentee or gigantic landlords, should in the meantime, promote leasing of all the contested land as the only win-win fall back position under the current legal framework. However, government needs to take conscious and deliberate radical reforms starting from the land policy, comprehensive land use planning, urbanisation, settlement policy, to enable regulated settlements, migrations and check excess appetite of land grabbers even when they are just speculating without capacity to develop the land as a way of creating employment and promote symbiotic relationships between the landless and landlords. this is the only way to avoid the future generation revolution of the landless/havenots against the landlords/propertied class.
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