Namuganza went to Sembabule on Friday to arbitrate a dispute between Buganda Kingdom authorities in Mawogola county and the district local government which is accused of encroaching on Kingdom land. The land in question is housing Buganda’s Mawogola county headquarters, yet another part of it is being used to construct the district canteen.
There was an exchange between the
State Minister for Lands Persis Namuganza and the Sembabule district leaders over
the ongoing construction on a disputed piece of land in the area.
Namuganza went to Sembabule on Friday
to arbitrate a dispute between Buganda Kingdom authorities in Mawogola county
and the district local government which is accused of encroaching on Kingdom
land. The land in question is housing Buganda’s
Mawogola county headquarters, yet another part of it is being used to construct
the district canteen.
However, the arbitration meeting ended
with bitter exchanges between Namuganza and Sembabule district leaders led by
Nixon Niwagaba Kabuye, the Resident District Commissioner Dr Elly Muhumuza, the
LCV chairperson and Willy Bataringaya, the Chief Administrative Officer.
Namuganza first tasked the
district leaders to explain why they carried forward the construction in total
disregard of her instructions to halt the works until the two parties reached a
Consensus. Namuganza issued the directive last month, after complaints by
Buganda officials who accused the district of forcibly constructing on their
But the Chief Administrative
Officer Willy Bataringaya argues that they undertook the construction after due
consultations and that all their actions are in legal.
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Doctor Elly Muhumuza and Nixon
Niwagaba Kabuye, the Sembabule LCV chairperson and Resident District
Commissioner also argued that they asked the Buganda officials to present a
title of the said land in vain, an explanation which angered Namuganza, who accused
the leadership of disrespect.
She faulted the leadership of
rushing to the construction project during the lockdown period, something she
said raises suspicions about their interests in the land.
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Namuganza instructed the district
police commander to withdrawal all security at the construction site, indicating
that she obtained information the canteen does not belong to the local
government as alleged but a private property by one of the leaders using state
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Hajj Muhammad Sserwadda, the
Buganda Kingdom representative in Mawogola county also decried the arrogance of
the local council leadership saying that have severally attempted to engage
them in harmonious talks over the matter but the leaders deliberately