According to Minister Magyezi, the joint technical committee, which shall comprise members from both the government and the kingdom will be funded and facilitated by the government to interpret the Memorandum of understanding to know exactly what was agreed upon between the kingdom and the government. The committee will also analyze the implications, verify the kingdom property under the local governments in each district and propose a course of action.
The thatching has started with Prince Daudi Chwa, the Kabaka’s representative handing over a brown bull to the royal builders -the wabula-akayole- to be slaughtered and its blood poured to avert any tragedy that would occur during the construction. This has been followed the Prince giving 4 strands of thatch grass to the wabula-akayole to start thatching.
This ritual was last performed in 1882 when Kabaka Muteesa I personally put up three rings in the ceiling of his Kasubi Nnabulagala Palace as it was being constructed. These rings supporting the roof are part of the 52 rings in this tomb that symbolize the 52 clans of Buganda. Thus Kabaka Mutebi II is the first reigning King of Buganda to climb up the roof of the main hut, Muzibu Azaala Mpanga, to place these rings ever since Muteesa I was laid to rest under them in 1884.
This request was made at Bulange Mengo where the Silverbacks basketball team met Katikkiro Mayiga to inform him of their exploits in the recently concluded FIBA Afro basket held in Kigali, Rwanda in which the team finished at quarterfinal.
The Katikkiro attributes the slow progress of the restoration to cultural norms and rites associated with the tombs that have to be followed closely to make sure that the tombs are restored in the right way without altering any of the cultural prerequisites.
The kingdom of Buganda is to plant 20 million tree seedlings all over the kingdom after signing a memorandum of understanding with the Ministry of water and environment as a way of conserving the environment. The Permanent Secretary Alfred Okot Okidi has pledged to provide the 20 million tree seedlings to Buganda to plant so as to restore the destroyed forests.
Hamza Ssempala, one of the children who was selling things on the streets, says that the project has changed his life and that of his mother tremendously. He now has access to books, coaching, and his mother is empowered financially.
Sembabule District Chairperson Patrick Nkalubo revealed this during the first meeting of the District Road Committee which convened in the district council hall on Wednesday. He says the executive is engaging in talks with the Mengo to mend fences following hostilities over land that erupted between them in the last term of office.
Kabaka Mutebi says that the suggested reforms will mess up the cultural values and interests of the Kingdom and the subjects whose heritage is hinged on land as one of the key principles of their existence. He indicates that mooting for reforms that specifically target a land tenure system which is largely espoused in Buganda amounts to outright injustice aimed at weakening the Kingdom.
Nakasongola district has been operating in an old building belonging to Buganda Kingdom since it was carved out of Luwero district in 1997. The building sits on part of the three square miles of land belonging to the Kingdom.
Namuganza went to Sembabule on Friday to arbitrate a dispute between Buganda Kingdom authorities in Mawogola county and the district local government which is accused of encroaching on Kingdom land. The land in question is housing Buganda’s Mawogola county headquarters, yet another part of it is being used to construct the district canteen.
Professor Barnabas Nawangwe, the Vice-Chancellor of Makerere University says the kingdom is among the good friends of the university and in case of any issues, they would be able to amicably resolve the dispute.
Legendary tales has it that Ssezibwa was born of a woman called Nakangu Tebatesa, wife of Nsubuga Ssebwato. The mythical around the place is that Nakangu gave birth to two twine rivers of which the older one (Wasswa) was named Ssezibwa and the young one (Kato) named River Mubeya in Nyenga.
In 2017, Makerere University turned to the Justice Catherine Bamugemereire Commission to investigate its feud with the member of Buganda Royal Family over land. It is not clear whether the land probe ever investigated the matter.
The Buganda Land Board-Kyagwe territory Manager Yosia Kimogofu estimates about shillings1.7 billion Mukono district owe the kingdom as ground rent arrears from only buildings used by the district headquarters at kauga in Central Division to house departments such as veterinary, forestry, health, community center, works premises, Chief Administrative Officer’s residence, mineral resources and the Residents District Commissioner’s offices and residence.
Community service, locally known as Bulungi Bwansi, is one of the Kiganda traditions aimed at encouraging voluntary community involvement in keeping the environs clean. However, with time, the tradition has been fading away.
On Sunday night, Gerald Kyanjo Kimbugwe, the Buganda Kingdom representative in Buruuli County transported a container to the disputed land in Nakasongola town to set up a temporary office. This followed a botched attempt to construct permanent offices on the said land because of wrangles between Buganda Kingdom and Buruuli chiefdom.