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Buruuli Chiefdom Seeks to Demolish Kabaka\'s Palace in Nakasongola

Three months later, Buganda kingdom chiefs led by Gerald Kyanjo, Buganda Kingdoms representative in Buruuli County says that the demolition is unnecessary. Kyanjo says that the palace was built on land owned by Buganda Kingdom and no official can compel them to remove it.
The Kabaka palace which is located at Nakasongola district headquarters.

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Tension is mounting in Nakasongola district as Buruuli Chiefdom officials threaten to demolish a Palace belonging to the Kabaka of Buganda Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II.

The structure was constructed in May by Buganda loyalists in preparation for Kabaka\'s visit to Buruuli. The Kabaka was in the area to launch ‘Masaza Cup\', a kingdom counties tournament at Migyera town council.

But Muhamadi Bagonza, the Speaker of the clan council in Buruuli Chiefdom says that it was resolved back then that the structure would be demolished after the visit.  The resolution was made in talks presided over by the former Director of Police Operations Andrew Felix Kaweesi in a bid to diffuse tensions that threatened the Kings visit.

Three months later, Buganda kingdom chiefs led by Gerald Kyanjo, Buganda representative in Buruuli County says that the demolition is unnecessary.  Kyanjo says that the palace was built on land owned by Buganda Kingdom and no official can compel them to remove it.

But Bagonza says the existence of the structure is a threat to the independence of Buruuli and an act of aggravation. He says they have written to the office of the Resident District Commissioner Apollo Bwebale asking him to compel Mengo to demolish the palace.

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Nakasongola Resident District Commissioner Apollo Bwebale tasks the Chief Administrative Officer Suleiman Kasozi to explain why the structure is still standing despite an earlier request to remove it.

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Our efforts to talk to the CAO Suleiman Kasozi are still fruitless but James Wandira, the LC 5 Chairman declined to comment on the matter saying the development is too sensitive.

But Kyanjo warns that any forceful demolition of the palace will plunge the area into violence.

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