Buganda Kingdom has unveiled plans to redevelop Kabaka’s Lubiri palace to suit international standards.
According to the Second Deputy Katikkiro, Mr Waggwa Nsibirwa, the palace will have schools, a cultural centre, a new modern palace and a specialized teaching hospital.
Mr Nsibirwa revealed that the Kabaka’s current official house, Twekobe, will be diverted to a museum that will comprise an exhibition Centre, cottage industries, ceremonial grounds, a model of Kiganda homestead and a garden.
He added that the new palace will be constructed with five star facilities that will include conference rooms and lodging for Kabaka’s top visitors among others.
The deputy premier said the development plan, which was approved by the Buganda Lukiiko, will see the entire 216 acre Lubiri palace land subdivided into four plots where each of the projects will be set up.
He added that they hired a surveying firm, RTK Surveys Limited, which has completed drawing the topographic aspects of the land.
Mr Nsibirwa revealed that the new development plan replaces the earlier one of constructing an airfield and shopping malls in the palace.
“His majesty pleased that the Lubiri should be redeveloped and the Katikkiro went into consultations. The first product of these consultations agreed on the land use and what can be done in Lubiri but Kabaka directed we should not lose sight of our cultural heritage as we implement transformation,”Mr. Nsibirwa said.
He did not reveal the source of funding for the project.
Recently, the kingdom used a fundraising arrangement called Etoofari.