Museveni agrees to pay Buganda’s outstanding arrears

President Yoweri Museveni has agreed to meet the government’s financial obligations towards the Kingdom of Buganda.

This is the outcome of Museveni’s meeting the Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II at his palace in Banda, on the outskirts of Kampala city.

President Museveni, who arrived at the palace at 11:33am, was received by the Kabaka and other Buganda Kingdom officials who included Prince David Kintu Wasajja, Owekitiibwa Joyce Mpanga and the first deputy Katikkiro Emmanuel Ssendawula.

The Kabaka and Museveni upon arrival at Banda palace

Before the two principals went into a private meeting, they held a discussion with kingdom and government officials where President Museveni directed that land titles belonging to Buganda that have been verified by the Ministry of Lands be returned to the monarchy.

The kingdom has been pushing for recovery of its land that was confiscated by the government during the 1966 crisis that had seen Kabaka Edward Mutesa II flee to exile after clashing with then executive Prime Minister, Apollo Milton Obote.

Museveni and the Kabaka during the meeting

In the meeting, attended by Attorney General William Byaruhanga and Investment Minister Evelyn Anite on the government side, while Katikkiro Charles Peter Mayiga who arrived later led the Buganda team.

President Museveni also directed that outstanding monetary arrears to the kingdom be paid in the next three financial years.

Some of financial compensation accrues from properties like Muteesa House in London which was taken over by the Idi Amin government and later sold.

Another outstanding property is Plot 52 on Kampala Road where King Fahad plaza stands.

Thereafter the President and the Kabaka went into a private meeting that concluded at 2pm before the Kabaka saw off his guest.