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Buruuli Chiefdom Struggles To Raise Funds for Palace Construction

The Chiefdom first launched the campaign to mobilize funds to construct the palace in 2012 but the efforts yielded no results. In 2020, Buruuli Chiefdom re-launched a campaign to fundraise Shillings 2 billion to construct a palace Isabaruuli.
File Photo; Isabaruuli Mwogezi Butamanya and his counterpart Ssabanyala Baker Kimeze at function held recently at his palace located at Kibira village in Nakasongola town

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Buruuli Chiefdom is struggling to raise funds to construct an official palace for its cultural leader Isabaruuli Constantine Mwogezi Butamanya. The culture leader currently operates in a single-roomed office at Kibira village in Nakasongola town council since his coronation on December 10, 2004. 

The Chiefdom first launched the campaign to mobilize funds to construct the palace in 2012 but the efforts yielded no results. In 2020, Buruuli Chiefdom re-launched a campaign to fundraise Shillings 2 billion to construct a palace Isabaruuli. The construction of the palace was supposed to start in January 2021. 

However, officials of the chiefdom, says they have failed to raise the required funds for the project. Samuel Kaweesi, the Information Minister for Buruuli Chiefdom, says that they have only managed to collect Shillings 46 million for the construction. 

He says that their fundraising drive was affected by the nationwide lockdown imposed by the government to contain the spread of COVID-19 lockdown, which left many of their partners and subjects in a financial crisis.

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Samuel M.G Kasirye, the Prime Minister of Buruuli Chiefdom, says that they have resolved to commence construction with the little funds available. He says that they have already secured construction materials such as sand, stones and cement to start the foundation of the palace.  

Kasirye says that they have advised the engineer to prepare the bill of quantities basing on the available funds. Recently, Gerald Kimbugwe Kyanjo, the Buganda Representative in Nakasongola warned the chiefdom against building the palace on land belonging to Buganda Kingdom. 

But Kasirye said that all land that Buganda held in Nakasongola was returned to Buruuli Chiefdom in the Memorandum of Understanding they signed in 2013, adding that they are now free to construct a palace on the land. 

According to the architectural plan, the proposed palace comprises a conference hall, offices, swimming pool and residential home among others.