The Prime Minister of Buganda Kingdom, Charles Peter Mayiga, has retaliated that the Kingdom needed much support in the development projects being undertaken.
Mayiga said that it was absurd that some people have not supported the Kingdom development initiatives and yet they are the beneficiaries.
He singled projects such as CBS-Pewosa, K2 Telecom BUCADEF, Essuubiryo-zambogo sacco, among others.
He said that the Kingdom initiated such projects so as people can embrace them for their own benefit and to discourage them from merely waiting for donations all the time.
As he took people around the Masengere construction project at Bulange Mengo,on Friday, support to such projects was a point of emphasis in his speech.
Katikkiro revealed that Buganda cannot fail to get back on top if everybody earned shs3000 aday
It should be remembered that the construction of Masengere building has entered the sixth month out of the 12months the Katikkiro gave to the committee to complete the work.
The chairperson of Masengere construction committee, Everesto Sseguya, explained that all items that were bought from China arrived and is kept in the stores.
He noted that the construction work has now concentrated providing the path for the lift.
Whereas the treasurer of the Masengere construction committee, Kasozi Mamba disclosed that they were indebted with Uganda Revenue Authority and different companies constructing the building.
Mamba pleaded with government to reduce on the taxes imposed on the construction and other financial transactions in the construction project noting that it undermined the successful execution of the project within budget frame work.
The construction work is at roofing taking place hand in hand with plastering.
On Friday over shs7 millions was realized from well-wishers to support the work.
Main Photo: Masengere under roofing
Wakiso district has joined Buganda Kingdom to develop tourist attraction sites found within Wakiso.
Wakiso leadership has initiated a committee that would work with the one appointed by Buganda Kingdom to protect cultural and tourism sites in order to develop them.
While addressing the committee at Bulange Mengo yesterday, Katikkiro Charles Peter Mayiga, said cultural values and norms can easily be promoted through tourism.
He said Buganda has several cultural sites that reveal the cultural values and norms of Buganda which can attract tourists.
Mayiga gave examples of countries such as Egypt, Kenya, and UK, which have developed and grown strong because of tourism and they do not have a lot of tourist attraction features like those of Uganda.
He cited archaeological sites of Naggalabi, Bigobyamugenyi in Ssembabule,Walumbe Tanda caves located in Mityana, royal tombs among others.
Some of the cultural and other sites include;Kabaka’palace Kireka,Namugongo Martys Shrine,Mukajanga’s Home among others.
Katikkiro added that countries like Dubai get a lot of money in tourism by showing tourists beautiful roads and buildings but nothing else.
Quoting statistics, Mayiga said 11 millions of tourists visited Dubai in 2013 but on the other side, Uganda got only $1.4bn from tourism the whole year.
He however attributed the problem to the fact that Uganda lacked people with ability to market its tourism potential.
Mayiga used the occasion to appeal to Buganda tourism committee to work with the one for Wakiso to promote tourism.
He pledged to invite all LCV chairpersons from across Buganda to ask them to help in identifying the possible tourism attraction sites and possibly developing them.
While introducing the Wakiso tourism committee to the Katikkiro, the Wakiso LC5 chairperson, Matia Lwanga Bwanika, revealed that they have managed to discover several tourist attraction cultural sites within Wakiso District yet in the territories of Buganda Kingdom.
He said they want to work on the roads heading where they are located, plant trees on the roads and general beautification of the sites.
Wakiso District Tourism Committee introduced to the Katikkiro include;
Members of Parliament from Buganda Region have discussed several issues that are important for the development of Buganda Kingdom.
The Buganda Parliamentary caucus members led by their chairperson Godfrey Kiwanda and his vice Betty Nambooze Bakireke met the Kingdom premier at Bulange Mengo.
In their memorandum presented by Mityana North Mp and the caucus’ chairperson Godfrey Kiwanda, they underlined specific areas where they wanted to be addressed in order to be equipped with the Kingdom’s development vision. They were dismayed that since the 9th parliament started they had never met with the Kabaka to share with him ideas on the development of the Kingdom and appealed on the Katikkiro to make their message reach the Kabaka that they wanted to meet him.
The MP’s also wanted to know the necessary details in the agreement signed between the Kingdom and central government, how far with its implementation among others. They wanted the submission of the Kingdom on the ongoing deliberations on the constitutional amendments.
Kiwanda also disclosed that they wanted to work with the Kingdom on how they can help families for social and economic transformation.
The MPs appealed to the katikkiro to rejuvenate a co-ordinating committee between the Kingdom and the MP’s parliamentary business.
They pleaded with the Katikkiro to appeal to the Kabaka to intervene and stop the people who use the name of the Kabaka that he has given them ago a head to contest against them.
In his speech, the katikkiro noted that communication was so important more especially in such forums as leaders of different category and levels but with the common aim of serving the common person.
Mayiga said that Buganda has a lot of things to work on but there were those which were prioritised including five most immediate ones.
They include protecting and upholding the Kingdom, reconstructing Kasubi and Wamala royal tombs and Massengere.
While stream lining the management of Kingdom affairs was another point of immediate consideration.
Responding to MPs, Katikkiro pledged to advance the wish of the MPs to meet his highness Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II to him.
He however clarified that the agreement that was made was between the Kabaka and Uganda government but not the Kabaka and Museveni.
The premier disclosed that some of the things which were agreed on have been fulfilled such as giving back to Buganda 212 land titles and shs2 billions.
Items to be returned to Buganda include, land titles, compensation on plot 52 Kampala road where King Fahad plaza is located,Muteesa house London and several other Kingdom properties government is obliged to return to Buganda.
The Katikkiro pledged to meet President Yoweri Museveni to remind him on unfulfilled agreement terms.
On poverty fight, the Katikkiro told MPs that the Kingdom is encouraging coffee growing through BUCADEF to ensure at least 90% of Uganda’s coffee output is produced from Buganda.
He said that if everybody earned shs3000 per day would be a great step forward towards poverty elimination.
He tasked the MPs to stick to Buganda’s cause more especially on five underlined immediate priorities and appealed on the electorates to stop the habit of begging whenever they see their leaders more especially MPs.
Mayiga finalised by stressing that everybody is welcome to Bulange as long as he or she respected the Kabaka and supports the Kingdom’s development programmes.
The MPs who hail from Buganda are 99 including four members of East African parliament.
Main Photo: Katikkiro with Mp's at Bulange, Mengo
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Kabaka of Buganda