Kooki Establishes Parallel Land Board

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In short
According to Nalubega, the agreement that Buganda signed with Kooki in 1896 did not include land.

Kooki chiefdom has established a land board and Ministry in charge of land matters in its territory despite claims by Mengo that all the land in the chiefdom belongs to Buganda Kingdom.  Apollo Sansa Kabumbuli, the Kamuswaga of Kooki chiefdom has appointed Grace Nalubega as minister in charge of the land ministry. 

Kamuswaga has tasked Nalubega and Fred Mukasa Mbidde, the Attorney General of Kooki chiefdom to identify all chiefdom land and people around it and start reviewing their leases. He also directed Nalubega and her team to establish squatters occupying all sub county land in the chiefdom. Kamuswaga hopes the establishment of the ministry and board would address land wrangles in the chiefdom.

He says Kooki is grappling with many land wrangles that have triggered off conflicts in the area. Nalubega, the Kooki minister for land affairs says they have started handling all land matters in the chiefdom. According to Nalubega, the agreement that Buganda signed with Kooki in 1896 did not include land. She insists that Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi only owns land in Lwamaggwa as an individual but the land does not belong to Buganda.

Stanley Ndawula, the Kooki Information Minister says they have tasked the new land Ministry to recover thirteen land titles erroneously given to Mengo. H explains that they have given Mengo up to the end of this year to surrender all land titles belonging to Kooki Chiefdom. Some of these land titles cover various Kooki sub county headquarters.

Ndawule says government erroneously issued titles of Kooki land to Mengo as part of the returned Buganda properties.  He says the Kooki land board will ensure that those land titles are returned before the year ends. Ndawula says Buganda Land Board does not have any authority to manage land in Kooki.

Denis Walusimbi, the Mengo Information Minister told Uganda Radio Network in a phone interview that he has no problem with the establishment of the Kooki land board. He insisted that given the standing agreement between Kooki and Buganda, Mengo still has powers over the chiefdom.

He said even if people in Kooki eat Rats, they shall remain under Buganda establishment. But Apollo Sansa Kabumbuli, the Kamuswaga of Kooki says lack of respect by some Mengo officials for Kooki is one of the reason they want the agreement reviewed. He has accused Mengo information Minister of poor upbringing and egoism.

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Edward Bindhe
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Edward Bindhe is the Masaka URN bureau chief. Rakai, Lwengo, Lyantonde, Kalangala, Mpigi, Kalungu, Bukomansimbi and Sembabule districts fall under his docket. He has been a URN staff member since 2009.

A Mass Communication graduate from Uganda Christian University, Bindhe started practising journalism in 2008 as a reporter for Radio Buddu in Masaka district.