THE 1964 REFERENDUM WAS ABOUT WHO ADMINISTERS THE CONTESTED AREAS NOT LAND OWNERSHIP


The referendum was not about who owns which plot of land. The referendum was about who administers the contested areas. The people in the Buyaga and Bugangaizi voted that they preferred to be under Bunyoro while Buwekula voted to remain in Buganda.

Banyoro in Buwekula weren’t expected to vacate Buwekula after the referendum. And Baganda in Buyaga and Bugangaizi weren’t supposed to surrender their titles without compensation. Plot 1 block 42 with 1,433 hectares in Buyaga belongs to Kabaka Mutesa II while the current Kabaka, Ronald Mutebi, owns plot 3, block 90, measuring 231 hectares in Bugangaizi.

Uganda is not under some apartheid that it is somehow illegal or illegitimate for a Muganda to own land outside Buganda. The President owns land in Buganda and Bunyoro and he is neither a Munyoro or a Muganda but an absent Munyankole landlord.

ISREAL KINTU
UAH MEMBER IN USA

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