Nakasongola district has been operating in an old building belonging to Buganda Kingdom since it was carved out of Luwero district in 1997. The building sits on part of the three square miles of land belonging to the Kingdom.
The new Nakasongola district council is facing an uphill task to
decide whether to relocate the district headquarters or redevelop the current site amidst cultural
Nakasongola district has
been operating in an old building belonging to Buganda
Kingdom since it was carved out of Luwero district in 1997. The building
sits on part of the three square miles of land belonging to the
the last time, the district council refused to pass a resolution backing
the relocation to another site that had been identified by the District
chairman Sam Kigula, and as a result, more than 180 million Shillings
that had been earmarked for construction was sent
back to the consolidated fund.
said he has identified 100 acres of land for the purpose but a majority
of the councillor's backed by Buruli cultural leaders said that this
would affect the history of
the chiefdom and give way to Mengo to grab the land. They further argued
that the administrative unit is no
longer contested because it was returned to Buruli through a Memorandum
of Understanding signed between the Kabaka of Buganda
Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II and President Yoweri Museveni in 2013.
councillors wanted the
district to construct new district headquarters at the current site. But
according to Kigula, the government cannot allow them to construct
their headquarters in the absence of a land title, yet the land they are
occupying now is contested between Buganda Kingdom and Buruuli
He however hastens to
add, that he intends to table a fresh motion in the new district council
asking them to endorse the relocation.
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Nakasongola district speaker Sunday Rogers
Bwanga says that the matter of the district headquarters is contentious but the council will consider it with care and due diligence. He however said they will need more consultation on the
matter and guidance to council before they resolve on either to stay at the current
site or plan for relocation.
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Alex Felix Majeme, the Nakasongola District Chief
Administrative Officer said that apart from advising councillors to find suitable land
for relocation, they will also need to pass a resolution to embark on the
construction using local revenue like other districts.
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Kyanjo, the Buganda Chief in Buruuli County, locally known as Kimbugwe,
says that he is planning to write to Nakasongola reminding them to
vacate the buildings since the property returned to the Kingdom. Kyanjo
says that Nakasongola should vacate the buildings, apply for a lease or
pay rent to the Kingdom rather than meddling in cultural differences.
Buruuli Chiefdom seceded from Buganda in December
2004 and in recent years launched efforts to take over all land formerly
owned by the Kingdom.