Madam Jennifer Musisi,
I must say that Buganda is fortunate to have their own daughter as Executive Director of Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA). This pride gives the people of Buganda that hope to have you with all the authority endorsing what is expected, returning properties that rightfully belong to Buganda Kingdom. You are aware, KCCA is not the first in this effort. Wakiso did it, and given the backing of the KCCA Council, there is all the hope that these properties will get back to Buganda Kingdom.
Secondly madam, we would love to see you at functions at Mengo. You are a daughter of the land, no political differences should cut you off your people.
William Kituuka Kiwanuka
Kampala City Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago has said that Kampala City Council Authority will return all Buganda Kingdom long demanded properties .
In letter that was sent to Buganda Kingdom Katikiro Eng. J.B. Walusimbi, dated August 24, 2012 Mayor Lukwago says that the property to be returned include;land,schools ,health centres and markets.
“I would wish to unequivocally state, that, going by the cogent documentary evidence on record, it is not in dispute that the said assets, currently occupied by KCCA, do belong to, and indeed should vest in the government of His Majesty the Kabaka of Buganda in accordance with Traditional Rules (Restitution of Assets & Properties) Act Cap. 247,” states Lukwago’s letter, which was copied to both the Attorney General of Central Government and his opposite number in Buganda among others.
The markets Lukwago proposes to return to Mengo include Wandegeya and Nakulabye. Lukwago says both markets were confiscated by Central Government in the aftermath of the 1966 crisis. Other markets on the list are Bakuli, Kibuye and Mengo.
In the letter Mayor Lukwago adds that at if the Kabaka aggrees, KCCA may acquire leasehold interests in some of the aforesaid properties in order to build and modernise the city.
Kampala Capital City Authority has resolved that all the property of Buganda government in the Authority be returned in the period of 6 months.
In a council meeting chaired by the Lord Mayor Elias Lukwago at the City Hall in Kampala, the Authority Councilors unanimously agreed that the Buganda Kingdom property that have been demanded for long be returned to the rightful owners.
This follows a letter that was written by the Buganda Premier Engineer J.B Walusimbi to KCCA informing them as the kingdom was tired of the long period of time it was taking to return the kingdom property.
Speaking to reporters shortly after the council meeting, the Lord Mayor Elias Lukwago said there is no way the property owner can be made to suffer and yet his property is there.
The decision has been against the letter by the Minister in Charge of Kampala Muluri Mukasa who had asked the council to desist from discussing Buganda Kingdom property as government was still carrying out an audit which Lukwago says was meaningless.