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PHOTOS: At Kabaka’s Banda Palace, Museveni Orders Return of Buganda Properties

President Museveni has today Tuesday paid a courtesy call on the Kabaka of Buganda Kingdom Muwenda Mutebi at his palace in Banda, on the outskirts of Kampala city.

The President’s visit followed an invitation by Kabaka, whom Museveni calls his “brother.”

President Museveni, who arrived at the palace at 11:00am, was received by the Kabaka and other Buganda Kingdom officials who included Prince Daudi Kintu Wasajja.

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.”

Kabaka shows Museveni where to sit

The kingdom has been pushing for recovery of its land that was confiscated by the government during the 1966/7 crisis that had seen Kabaka Mutesa flee to exile after clashing with President Milton Obote.

In the meeting, attended by Attorney General William Byaruhanga and Investment Minister Evelyn Anite on the government side, while Katikkiro Peter Mayiga 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 Mutesa House in London which was taken over by the Idi Amin government and later sold.

Museveni and Buganda officials in a meeting at Banda

Another outstanding property is Plot 52 on Kampala Road.

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Some of Buganda’s properties including 213 land titles were returned by the central Government in 2015.

Thereafter the President and the Kabaka went into a private meeting that concluded at 2:00pm before the Kabaka saw off his guest.

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