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Tension As Buganda Chief Erects Temporary Office on Disputed Land in Nakasongola

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On Sunday night, Gerald Kyanjo Kimbugwe, the Buganda Kingdom representative in Buruuli County transported a container to the disputed land in Nakasongola town to set up a temporary office. This followed a botched attempt to construct permanent offices on the said land because of wrangles between Buganda Kingdom and Buruuli chiefdom.
The temporary office erected at disputed Kabaka palace which have sparked off fresh protests in Nakasongola

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Police have deployed on a disputed piece of land in Nakasongola town to block Buganda Kingdom representatives Buruuli County from erecting a temporary office.  On Sunday night, Gerald Kyanjo Kimbugwe, the Buganda Kingdom representative in Buruuli County transported a container to the disputed land in Nakasongola town to set up a temporary office.  

This followed a botched attempt to construct permanent offices on the said land because of wrangles between Buganda Kingdom and Buruuli chiefdom. This morning, Kimbugwe deployed his aides to clear bushes to pave way for the operationalisation of the offices to the chagrin of Buruuli Chiefdom loyalists. 

As a result, the Nakasongola District Police Commander, Denis Musinguzi responded by deploying policemen. They directed Kimbugwe and his aides to remove the container until the dispute between the rival cultural institutions is disposed of.

Police also blocked the truck that the delivered the container not to leave until the container is removed. Musinguzi told URN that they deployed to avert possible clashes following protests from Buruuli chiefdom against the presence of the container on the disputed land. 

Samuel Kaweesi, the Buruuli Chiefdom Information Minister, says the decision by Kimbugwe to erect the container is provocative and contravenes a directive by the former Security Minister, Henry Tumukunde who halted any activities on the disputed piece of land until government pronounce itself on the owner.   

 

Kaweesi says that since Tumukunde issued the directive in 2017 government hasn’t issued another statement on the matter but they were surprised to see Buganda officials erecting an office on the disputed land.  

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Gerald Kyanjo Kimbugwe, the Kabaka’s representative in Buruli has however declined to remove the container, saying the disputed land belongs to the Kabaka. Kyanjo promised to speak to URN after briefing the Nakasongola District Internal Security Officer, Fred Amute on the matter.     

The Buruuli Chiefdom Prime Minister, Samuel Kasirye has called a crisis meeting to address what they have called ‘aggression by Buganda chief”. Tension between the two cultural groups started after fire gutted part of the Kabaka’s palace on the disputed land in 2017.

The two cultural institutions are feuding over eight square miles of land hosting the Kabaka’s palace that was gutted by fire. Efforts to reconstruct the palace have met resistance from Buruuli chiefdom loyalists.

Last week, Buruuli cultural leaders appeared before the Justice Catherine Bamugemereire Land Commission seeking help to recover 14 pieces of land being held by Buganda Kingdom in Nakasongola.

The institution argues that they were dispossessed of the land by the British protectorate government, which handed it to Buganda in reward for her alliance in the Anglo – Nyoro war that ousted the Omukama Kabalega of Bunyoro and forced him to flee to exile.