Kabaka Mutebi says that the suggested reforms will mess up the cultural values and interests of the Kingdom and the subjects whose heritage is hinged on land as one of the key principles of their existence. He indicates that mooting for reforms that specifically target a land tenure system which is largely espoused in Buganda amounts to outright injustice aimed at weakening the Kingdom.
Kabaka of Buganda Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II has denounced a proposal by the
government to abolish the Mailo land tenure system, as a response to the rampant
evictions and land disputes in the country.
While commemorating his 28th coronation anniversary at Nkoni
Palace, in Lwengo district on Saturday, the Kabaka expressed disappointment in the proposal which, according to him, is orchestrated to weaken Buganda, where the
Mailo land tenure system is most prevalent.
President Yoweri Museveni has on
different occasions described the Mailo
tenure as an evil system of land administration, arguing that it sustains a historical
injustice and promoted inequality against tenants by landlords. The mailo land system has its origins in the 1900 agreement which divided the 19,600 square miles that form the Buganda kingdom among the Kabaka, regents, chiefs, central
government, key offices and a few other individuals.
Premised on arguments of the president and recommendations
by the Justice Catherine Bamugemerire led Commission of Inquiry on land,
the government recently presented to parliament its legislative agenda for this
term of office, in which the introduction of land reforms is among the considered priorities.
Kabaka Mutebi says that the suggested reforms will mess
up the cultural values and interests of the Kingdom and the subjects whose
heritage is hinged on land as one of the key principles of their existence. He
indicates that mooting for reforms that specifically target a land tenure system which is largely espoused in Buganda amounts to outright injustice
aimed at weakening the Kingdom.
to him, such a proposal will create unnecessary tensions between Buganda and the
other parts of the country, hence affecting the longstanding spirit of coexistence among multicultural communities in the area.
//Cue in; ‘Buganda
Kabaka on the other hand echoed the need to promote human rights, fairness and rule
of law in all aspects of governance, as a way to upholding values of the
historical liberation struggles that occurred when the country was faced with
also reiterated demands for the return of the Kingdom properties that include
among others; land, offices and former buildings of counties and sub-counties
that are still under the central government, saying that pledge to return them
to the kingdom is long overdue.
//Cue in; “okusalawo
Cue out….mu bukkakamu n’omukwano.”//
Peter Mayiga, the Katikkiro of Buganda however indicated that the cultural institution
is still open to negotiations with the government on issues related to the proposed
amendments such that they amicably defuse the apparent tensions about the
noted the subject of land has a central place in the traditions of Buganda,
arguing all reform preferred on it should be considered after mutual
//Cue in; “mu lukimo mu
the proposed land reforms that dominated the talk at the coronation
anniversary, Kabaka Mutebi also took off time to encourage his subjects to adhere
to the Covid-19 prevention measure and well as sustaining the collective
efforts to eliminate HIV and AIDs.