August 14, 2017
Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II has today opened the Buganda Lukiiko for the 25th time at Bulange Mengo calling upon the central government to negotiate with land owners before any land is acquired for public use.
“We don’t oppose development. Those who want land must negotiate with the land owners first,” the Kabaka said. Vice President Edward Ssekandi was in attendance. The government has tabled a bill in parliament seeking to amend the land act and take people’s land before compensating them. Buganda Kingdom is one of the biggest land owners in Uganda and opposes any acquisition of land without fair and adquate compensation.
The government says land negotiations take so long and delay development projects and therefore propose to take land without agreeing a fair compensation with the owners.
The Kabaka also awarded people have served the Kingdom well. Former Katikkiro Joseph Mulwanyamuli Ssemogerere, former deputy Katikkiro Godfrey Kaya Kavuma and Rev Dan Kajumba were added the highest honor in Buganda (Amafumu n’engabo) for their exemplary leadership. Rev Kajumba was a member ofthe Ssabataka Supreme Council and played a key in the restoration of the Kingdom.
The Kabaka also warded posthumously the late industrialist Jame Mulwana of Nice House of Plastics, Owek John Sseebaana Kizito, the former Kampala Mayor and Democratic Party supremo, as well as the late Yovne Namaganda. Namaganda died, a nine year old pupil at Buddo Junior School died in a fire while saving others.
Yvonne Namaganda who died in 2008 while saving her colleagues from a fire outbreak in girls’ dormitories of Buddo Junior school was awarded with the highest honor in Buganda kingdom at Bulange Mengo by Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi of Buganda Kingdom of the “order of spear and shield”(Amafumu n’engabo). This was a fair move that inspired even the young that whatever thing you do in life to give another life a chance to live may be a huge act.
Her parents were left in utter shock as they received the great news from the Bulange Mengo palace and they were given another reason to smile despite the death of their kid, but by according her with the highest title in Buganda kingdom was enough to restore their long lost joy. What she did will be remembered by many for centuries.
The Kabaka also awarded the late Roseria Kyoteeka who was very close to Nnamasole Sarah Nalule and played a key role during the birth of Kabaka Ronald Mutebi. The Kabaka and key Kingdom officials always called her Aunt Rose.
Some of Kabaka’s representatives abroad were sworn in. The Kabaka opened and adjourned the Lukiiko to Monday next week.