Here, the Kabaka’s agents are faulted for having misled government and the Commissioner for Land Registration to return the contentious property to the Kingdom without bothering much to research and analyze the facts that it didn’t belong to the kingdom.
The daughter of Prince George William Chwa has
dragged the Kabaka of Buganda Kingdom, Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II and
six others to court for alleged trespass on their family land found in Munyonyo suburbs in Wakiso district.
The other respondents to the suit are Kampala
Capital City Authority- KCCA, the Commissioner Land Registration, Joseph Sempebwa,
Prince Kassim Kakungulu Nakibinge , Ferikitansi Keziya Nabisenke and Princess
Namukabya Nfamba in the Land Division of High Court.
Through her lawyers of Guma and Company
Advocates, Edith Mpologoma, contends that she is a direct beneficiary of the
estate of Prince George William Chwa the son and heir of the late, Sir Daudi
Chwa who died in 1939.
Mpologoma, Daudi Chwa owned the land measuring
18 square miles and obtained Certificate number 18292 from the colonial
administration. She explains that part of the land measuring 5.8 acres was given to
the customary heir of Daudi Chwa comprising plots number 45 and 46 at Salaama
Although Daudi Chwa had reportedly issued
provisional certificates to some beneficiaries, Mpologoma says many didn’t take
further steps to get land titles for the land. She contends that the said was leased
by the Lands Registry and a title issued to Kabaka Mutebi but has since expired.
However, plot 46 is still in the names of Prince George William Chwa.
She faults the land Registry of returning
the contentious land to the Kabaka of Buganda in 2013 as part of the kingdom’s
“official Mailo land” yet the property was part of the private estate of Prince
George William Chwa.
Mpologoma contends that there is a big
difference between the land that belonged to the kingdom, which Buganda Land
Board can manage as the controlling authority of Kabaka’s institutional land and
land meant for Princes and Princesses, which is owned privately.
She faults the Kabaka’s agents for
misleading government and the Commissioner Land Registration to return the
contentious property to the Kingdom without conducting research to establish
Mpologoma says the Lands Registry came up with
defective Land titles purportedly signed by the Commissioner /Registrar in 1923
and 2013 with no explicit deed print of plot 45, but a combination of several
plots of land whose leases have since expired.
She says that unless the Kabaka’s
title is declared defective and cancelled, government and the public stand to
lose immensely as government through KCCA is about to commit substantial
resources towards construction of a sewerage lagoon on land whose ownership is
The applicant estimates the subject matter of her
suit to be Shillings 5 billion. The matter is yet to be fixed for hearing.