Museveni orders finance ministry to pay Buganda Shs 47bn

Museveni orders Finance Ministry to pay Buganda Shs 47bn
Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi hosted President Museveni in Banda

President Museveni has directed Ministry of Finance to provide Shs 47 billion in the next two financial years to compensate Buganda Kingdom for Kigo Prison land, the land hosting King Fahad Plaza and Muteesa House in London.

According to Kabaka Ronald Mutebi’s press secretary Sam Dick Kasolo, Museveni directed Finance to allocate Shs 23.5bn in FY 2019/20 budget and a similar amount in FY 2020/21 budget as compensation for Muteesa House (valued at Shs 30 billion) and King Fahad land (valued at Shs 14.1 billion).

Kasolo’s statement follows a “cordial meeting” between Museveni and Mutebi at his private palace in Banda, a Kampala suburb. According to the statement, the duo agreed that all pending issues involving kingdom property, land and financial arrears be resolved soonest.

The same statement also indicates that Museveni has directed Finance to pay with immediate effect Shs 3 billion as rent for the kingdom land in Kigo.

Speaking to journalists on Tuesday, the Katikkiro (premier) Charles Peter Mayiga noted that although the meeting between the Kabaka and the president was behind closed doors, they held another meeting involving delegations from the two sides.

The president’s delegation included the attorney general William Byaruhanga and State Minister for Investment Evelyn Anite. The Kabaka’s delegation included Prince David Wasajja, Mayiga, ambassador Emmanuel Ssendaula, ambassador Bill Matovu and Joyce Mpanga. Mayiga says the meeting discussed various issues including kingdom assets alias “Ebyaffe”.

Mayiga also said the president ordered the Lands ministry to expedite the process and transfer all the certificate of titles of returned kingdom assets. Early last year, Museveni held another meeting with a delegation led by the kingdom’s premier where he pledged government’s commitment to compensate the kingdom.

Other kingdoms like Tooro and Bunyoro have also held several talks with the president to return their assets, which were confiscated by government during the 1966 crisis when the then Prime Minister Milton Obote abolished kingdoms.

Last week, Oyo Nyimba Kabamba Iguru Rukidi IV, the Tooro King flanked by the Queen Mother Best Kemigisa and members of the kingdom’s negotiating team led by the prime minister met Museveni at State House Nakasero over the return of the kingdom’s assets.