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Masaka District Local Government Not to Vacate Buganda Kingdom Buildings

Namulondo Investments Ltd, the business arm of Buganda Kingdom responsible for Kabaka’s property had earlier wrote to Masaka district authorities asking them to vacate the kingdom property due to outstanding ground rent arrears.

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Buganda Kingdom has given green light to Masaka district local government to continue occupying the buildings at Ssaza headquarters.

Masaka district leaders together with Buganda officials on Friday agreed to use the government valuer to establish the exact amount of money the district owes the kingdom since the district started occupying the buildings.  

In a March 22 letter addressed to the district, Buganda Kingdom accused the leaders of Masaka district of deliberately failing to formalize their tenancy agreement.

It is reported that the district owes the kingdom over 1 billion shillings in outstanding ground rent arrears.

Namulondo Investments Ltd, the business arm of Buganda Kingdom had earlier written to Masaka district authorities asking them to vacate the buildings.

However, according to Magellan Kazibwe, Namulondo Investments Ltd, legal advisor, they have agreed with the district leaders on the terms of payment as they continue occupying the buildings.

 Kazibwe says that they resolved that the chief government valuer conduct proper assessment within a period of one week and establish the amount of money that the district is supposed to pay.

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The Masaka LCV Chairperson Jude Mbabaali welcomed the decision by the Kingdom. He says that they were still stuck on where to relocate to.

“It’s true Namulondo Investments wrote to us over rent fees and we asked for a meeting in which we intended to know various issues about the property but all in all, we shall find ways of paying the arrears,” Mbabaali said.