Encroachers Take Over Nnabagereka Cultural Garden

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In short
Buganda Kingdom is struggling to save the Nnabagerekas vanishing Cultural Demonstration garden in Ssese, Kalangala district. The plantation symbolically belongs to the Queen of Buganda, Nnabagereka Sylvia Nagginda. It is located next to Kalangala district headquarters behind Ssese county headquarters and is often used as a demonstration farm.

Buganda Kingdom is struggling to save the Nnabagereka's vanishing Cultural Demonstration garden in Ssese, Kalangala district.

The plantation symbolically belongs to the Queen of Buganda, Nnabagereka Sylvia Nagginda. It is located next to Kalangala district headquarters behind Ssese county headquarters and is often used as a demonstration farm.

Information obtained from Ssese County headquarters indicates that the County had seven square miles of land and that Nnabagereka's cultural garden covered close to seven acres. The cultural garden had a matooke plantation, cassava, sweet potatoes,  maize and beans.

However, only a few banana suckers and potatoes are left on just one acre piece of land. The banana plants left on this significant garden are about 15 only.

Uganda Radio Network has also seen oranges and a jack-fruit tree in the garden. Reverend Christopher Walusimbi, the chief of Ssese, says the cultural garden is on the verge of collapse because encroachers took over most of the land and are busy constructing houses.

He says the remaining piece of land has lost fertility  and therefore cannot support banana plantation.

Walusimbi adds that, to make matters worse, the land on which they would plant new bananas is no more having been taken over by encroachers. He says Uganda Police took over part of this land and constructed its headquarters in Kalangala.

Walusimbi says he does not know how encroachers are taking over their land. He also says to avoid conflicts, he decided to keep quiet.

Willy Lugoloobi, the Kalangala district local council Chairperson, however, insists the remaining small piece of land is still intact. He says the district has managed to protect the remaining  piece.

Lugoloobi however notes that growing Matooke on this land is no longer possible due o lack of soil fertility to support the practice.

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Other encroachers of this land is the Kalangala district  which constructed a district headquarters.

 

About the author

Edward Bindhe
Bindhe prides himself on being a part of the society he writes about. He believes there is no way a journalist can understand his society unless it considers him a part of it. This is why he is dedicated to investigating the challenges of the "little person."

Bindhe says, "My work reflects the Uganda Radio Network unique approach to news." Not many Ugandan journalists would consider or even notice the re-emergence of Water Hyacinth on a lake. Bindhe does.

Truant children will attract Bindhe's attention until he gets to the bottom of their truancy: poverty and the need to work to earn bread for their families. These are the kinds of stories Bindhe is often after.

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.