Kabaka demands compensation for lost estate
Buganda prince, David Kintu Wasajja has lodged a formal complaint before the Justice Catherine Bamugemereire-led commission of inquiry into land matters, demanding compensation on behalf of the Kabaka for the properties lost during the 1966 raid on the Kabaka’s palace at Mengo.
Wasajja said that during the raid, the then kabaka Sir Edward Mutesa 1 lost quite a lot of property ranging from cars and land some of which he said, was taken by former Chief Justice Bendict Kiwanuka and former Bank of Uganda governor Joseph Mubiru.
“A lot of property was detroyed and I wish we are compensated. But I don’t think the law about giving back Buganda property included property belonging to the family,” said Wassajja.
He decried of the impunity in government agencies that seems to suppress efforts of the family to fight for its property.
He told the commission of how some government officials from court, attorney general, solicitor general and land commission office have stood in the way of their fight to get their lost property back.
Wasajja made reference to the land contained in Mutungo that belonged to Sir. Edward Mutesa 1 that is currently under contention with a one Dr Muhammad Kasasa.
“We have not been helped, like you can see the kind of impunity; but at least we are grateful that the Kingdom was restored. May be in future we shall get our property back. But for now, we are handling one thing at a time” said Wasajja.
The land in contention measures about 640 acres is indicated in the Auditor general’s report of 2017 as having been paid for by the government a sum of more than Shs 2.4 billion.