The reconstruction of Kabaka’s palace in Nakasongola
is going on as planned despite a directive by town council authorities stopping
the works and protests from Buruuli chiefdom.
Last month, Nakasongola Town Clerk, Herbert Kasibante wrote to Buganda Kingdom’s representative in Buruuli
County, Gerald Kyanjo halting the reconstruction works at on grounds that he hadn’t
sought approval from the Physical Planning committee as provided for in section
48 of the Physical Planning Act 2008.
Kasibante directed Kyanjo to submit
architectural drawings, structural drawings and title for the land hosting the
palace at the district headquarters before he is allowed to resume work.
was torched in 2015 and 2017 amidst protests from Buruuli Chiefdom, which didn’t
want under its territorial boundaries.
URN visited the reconstruction site on
Wednesday and found the works progressing as planned.
Kyanjo told URN that he
has since communicated to the town clerk indicating that they are putting up
semi-permanent structures that don’t need approval from his office.
also said it is disrespectful for the town clerk to ask him to table a title
for the land in question well knowing that it is part of the three square miles
owned by Buganda Kingdom.
Kyanjo blasted Kasibante for using his office to fight
cultural wars since he is the Attorney General of Buruuli Chiefdom, which is
opposed to the construction.
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When contacted for comment, Kasibante
insisted that no construction work should go on without approval whether temporary
Kasibante disclosed that he has personally explained to Kyanjo the need
to submit the required documents before he resumes the reconstruction works and
wanted to take legal action.
The Prime Minister of Buruuli Chiefdom, Samuel M.G. Kasirye
has also written to Nakasongal LC V Chairperson, Sam Kigula asking for his
intervention to stop the palace reconstruction works.
He explains that following
the Memorandum of Understanding signed between Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi and
President Yoweri Museveni in 2013, it was resolved that all land at
administrative units in Nakasongola district be left to Buruuli chiefdom.
Kigula has promised to consult before replying
to the letter. Buruuli chiefdom seceded from Buganda Kingdom in December 2004.
There has been friction between the two cultural institutions as Buganda tries
to stamp its authority.
Mengo still considers Buruuli as part of the kingdom
and engages in activities that further its interests in the area.