Government Officially Hands over Counties to Buganda Top story

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Museveni noted that contention arose when lawyers found difficulty in returning the Sub- Counties and Counties to Buganda because they were not cultural but administrative centers. He however said he opted for a win-win situation that would see them return to Buganda and maintain harmony between the kingdom and the central government.

 Buganda Kingdom has today officially received 213 verified land titles that were in central government custody over the last 47 years.

President Yoweri Museveni presented the titles to kingdom officials led by First Deputy Buganda Premier (Katikkiro) Ambassador Emmanuel Ssendawula at State House Entebbe.  

Museveni noted that contention arose when lawyers found difficulty in returning the Sub- Counties and Counties to Buganda because they were not cultural but administrative centers. 

He however said he opted for a win-win situation that would see them return to Buganda and maintain harmony between the kingdom and the central government.

President Museveni further stated that the interests of the people of Buganda were paramount in the memorandum of understanding signed between the two entities last year.  The memorandum provides that Land occupied by bonafide and lawful people is not returned to the Kingdom to avert problems and controversies on land ownership.

It further notes that where an area is occupied by people who do not qualify as lawful or bonafide occupants, the government and the Kingdom shall negotiate and amicably agree on the manner of handling the occupant’s and avoid creating a social crisis.  

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Buganda Kingdom first Deputy Premier, Ambassador Emmanuel Sendawula observed that the gesture is historical to the kingdom whose properties were confiscated over 40 years ago.  He however added that Buganda is still demanding more properties alongside the UGX 20billion of which government has only cleared UGX 2 billion.
 
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Olive Nakatudde
Olive Nakatudde is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Nakatudde has been a URN staff member since 2013.

Nakatudde started out in journalism in 2009 with Dembe FM radio in Kampala. In 2012, Nakatudde joined Voice of Africa as a political reporter. She has been a photographer since her journalism school days at Makerere University.

Nakatudde is interested in good governance and public policy, which she reports on intensively from the Uganda Parliament. She is a keen follower of cultural affairs in Buganda Kingdom and covers the kingdom's Lukiiko (parliament). Nakatudde also reports on education and health.