Obekitiinisa Ugandans at heart,
You are asking for evidence that Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth handed Pound Sterling 700 million to President Museveni for onward delivery to Banyoro as reparations for the atrocities the Anglo-Ganda armies committed in the nine-year war, 1980-99, against Bunyoro-Kitara.
The lawyer handling this case, Ayena Odongo who is also MP for Oyam County, in Lango, is currently in Zambia on official duty of Parliament. He is the one to give you full details on this subject.
However, in the meantime read the memorandum, attached, sent to His Excellence President Museveni last year reminding him of his announcement of Her Majesty’s delivery of this money.
Indeed, the Banyoro have initiated legal proceedings against Her Majesty’s Government. If this case is not settled amicably outside of court, then we shall demand a legal settlement through a full-scale court actionin the UK, not in Uganda, but in London. Plans to go to London are already in full gear.
Now read the memorandum, which is self-explanatory, where it is stated that President Museveni personally made this announcement in 2009 to the leadership of Mubende Banyoro Committee.
He repeated the same announcement to the leadership of Bunyoro-Kitara kingdom. These passed on the information to Rukirabasaija, Agutamba the Omukama, Solomon Gafabusa Iguru.
More evidence will follow as soon as lawyer Ayena Odongo returns from Zambia.
Henry Ford Miirima
Bunyoro Kingdom Spokesperson and a member of UAH
<em>MEMORANDUM ON BUNYORO LAND
COMPENSATION – H.C.C.S NO. 595 OF 2004
Date: 20th April 2011
H. E, the President of the Republic of Uganda,
RE: AMICABLE SOLUTION OF THE HISTORICAL BUNYORO QUESTION.
We take this opportunity to heartily congratulate you upon your landslide victory in the recent presidential election. The result has spoken volumes of the resurgent confidence the people of Uganda across the country have expressed in your wise leadership.
Your Excellency, as a keen student of the political history of this country, you need no reminder about the historical injustices the people of Bunyoro suffered since the advent of colonialism. Suffice it to surmise that the resolution of the problem was tactfully avoided by the colonial administration until independence. Since independence it has been conveniently glossed over by every successive administration of this country.
Unfortunately, no body, not even the cultural institution of Bunyoro Kingdom, has had the audacity to take the matter head on and challenge the people concerned in the courts of law. It was only in 2004; vide High Court Civil Suit No. 595 of 2004; that some 10 people from Kibaale, filed a representative suit on behalf of all the aggrieved indigenous people of the former lost counties (now Kibaale district) for relief against Her Majesty’s Government of Great Britain and the Baganda sub-imperialists.
Although Justice Okumu Wengi (as he then was), erroneously in our view, struck out the name of Her Majesty’s Government of Great Britain from the above suit on the ground that she can not be sued in the municipal courts of Uganda, we are considering the option of either appealing that decision and reinstating the suit against Her Majesty’s Government or filing a new suit in the court of England. We have already made final arrangements for either option.
However, on the 16th June 2009 during a meeting you held at State House with a delegation of Mubende Banyoro Committee, Your Excellency was pleased to inform us that Her Majesty’s Government had offered a settlement of 700 Million Pounds Sterling to dissuade the people of Kibaale from taking legal actions against Her Majesty’s government for loss and damage suffered as a result of the invasion and occupation of their land. This was meant to avoid the possibility of opening the Pandora’s Box by many former colonial subjects who suffered the same fate instituting cases against her Majesty’s Government.
We have therefore been exercising maximum restraint from proceeding with the case in order to avoid a possibility of embarrassing Your Excellency.
For the records, we wish to remind Your Excellency that the likely consequences of the anticipated suits are not lost on Her Majesty’s Government. A case like this has already been decided by the High Court of Australia in favour of the indigenous Aborigines in the case of Mabo v Queensland (No 2) (“Mabo case”) (1992) HRC 23; (1992) 175 CLR 1 (3 June 1992). In that case, which is likely to be the same in this case, the High Court of Australia determined that the Aborigines were entitled as against the whole world to possession, occupation, use and enjoyment of their lands and that their title to the land was not extinguished by annexation of their land by the invaders. That is why she is quick to have a settlement-out of Court.
In view of the above, we the undersigned litigants in the above suit wish to underpin our claim that we, and not even the cultural institution of the Kingdom of Bunyoro, are the prime movers of the settlement you talked about. For that reason we would respectfully wish to request as follows:
1. We should be fully involved in any settlement regarding the historical injustices meted to the people we represent in the above stated case.
2. The interest of the litigants in the above case be fully taken care of within the framework of the offer of 700 Million Pounds Sterling in order to avoid us proceeding with the case.
3. The litigants would appreciate an opportunity to discuss with Your Excellency the wider dimension of the case that may have the import of legally resolving once and for all the intractable problems of the claim for 9000 sq. miles of land by the Buganda kingdom as well as the issue of the absentee landlords of Kibaale district. The declaration that the 1900 Agreement is Null and Void abinitio, one of the prayers in the suit, would have the effect of a revolutionary land law reform in this country as a whole.
We remain your Excellency,
KYABANGI KATA MUSOKE ________________________
HENRY FORD MIIRIMA ________________________
KAROLI SENTALO ________________________
GEORGE IGA ENDAYANGE ________________________
BATWALE DODOVIKO ________________________