Category Land matters

The Baganda Destroys Kabaka’s Lake in Ndeeba!


BY DAN BWANIKA VIA UAH FORUM
Once, the wetland filtering storm water from Mengo, Rubaga and the surrounding areas to Kabaka’s lake in Ndeeba is gone- then the lake itself will be no more. It is already heavily sedimented with silt and urban waste and polluted with all types of affluent including faecal matter. Writing about what is happening at this treasure has not clicked to make Mengo think or Buganda Land Board to act despite singing about Buganda monumental treasures!

The wetland is now reduced almost to a mere 1/6 of its original size, after being fenced off by Kayanja’s Miracle centre church In November 2013. This come on the heels of similar huge chunk being fenced, in front of the church itself which floods whenever it rains.

Streams feed the Kabaka’s lake under Kayanja’s Church, the subterranean river systems have also been covered with soil.The rest of the wetland was recently fenced off and Kayanjas’ Miracle Church poured murmur into it. This soil is ending up into the lake through the water drainage channels that had been ignorantly dug into the wetland to drain it. This a futile attempt since the wetland has subterranean river systems. St. Lawrence University too has fenced of a huge chuck that has springs under it.

Just yesterday men were busy fencing off the land adjacent to the police station – and it is this piece of land that will finally spell doom to the lake. The only solution to rescue the lake is to reclaim the entire wetland right from Rubaga Road to Rubaga church and close off the road along the lake from the palace.

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Land in Acholi is the most expensive in the country


Acholi Men dancing

BY AKIM ODONGO VIA UAH FORUM

If it was not for the poor leadership to date, Uganda would have been way ahead of most African countries. As we speak, there are Ugandan entrepreneurs, who have against all odds have made it big, Some are held back by fear of surpassing the leading elites. Infact, i dare say that among them there are Acholis who have overcome the discrimination and and outright animosity from the current regime to do great things.

Despite the vast land in Acholi, per acreage, land in Acholi is the most expensive in the country.In large scale farming, Acholi exceeds all the regions.All this should count for something. That the people are able except for the leaders who simply shoot their way to power and end up not knowing what to do.

I don’t know much about the people in the diaspora, but one thing i know is that the money they remit home is sustaining the limping economy of Uganda and better still the people in the diaspora have taken advantage of free education and as such first generation Ugandans are well equipped, many matching George Okello’s number of degrees. These are the brains that should be fuelling Ugandans progress if it was not for the leadership, who feel threaten and now they have come up with some dubious exercise regarding duel citizenship, an attempt to throw to frustrate Ugandans children who are ready to take their knowledge back home. Smart leadership would given them incentives to entice them home lakini wapiiii!. That is why i think Acholi would benefit more with federalism because our need for federalism is not about “King and us”, but about progress, rule of law, and better still freedom to excel. Acholi at the moment is being held back!

Wwat Uganda needs is good leadership, one that is educated and follows world trend. What we currently have is village material who has no respect for the constitution and who is willing to lie through the teeth, who aids and abets corruption. Take a look at the way MPs are falling over themselves to rip apart the very constitution that they voted for. What hope is there for the country if the leaders can take bribes without shame? I am with Bobi Wine on this. I hope he does not turn out to be another of those you cannot trust.

HUSSEIN KYANJO ON THE CURRENT MOVES BY DR. MUSEVENI TO SOLVE THE LAND EQUATION


HUSSEIN KYANJO


It is now official that Dr.Museveni is embarking on a national radio campaign to explain his position on land matters i hope and pray that he gives his honest opinion. This is the third approach on the same subject in recent times.

He started with the obvious formality of going through cabinet to send an amendment bill to Parliament which move hit a dead end only to be prematurely withdrawn.

The second approach was the Bamugemereire commission which is gathering views from the public while sunctioning drastic actions along the way. After all its findings slightly before giving recomendations the commission will as is now known practice visit the great leader for his input. He will get hold of the entire report, get his legal and business experts to find areas where he will twist Ugandans to get hold of their land a thing he has wanted in vain since the bush war times.

It is alleged that during the war in Luwero Dr Museveni travelled extensively and he saw miles of bush land whose owners he couldnt figure out exactly. The story goes on to say that he promised him self to fix the question of land once he got his way. Now there is no doubt he arrived and it is about time to deal with the problem.

During the course of time new discoveries have been made on land in Bugerere, Busoga, Bunyoro and northern Uganda in general and it all adds up to the same un answered question hence the multi faceted approach.

The third attempt as i said is the radio arrengement. The President will be received by hired crowds as he visits different radio stations and after his presentation again pre organised callers will weigh in to emphasise or just support the big mans position. After he is done with the mock excersise official recordings will be made and combined with the Bamugemereire final report a new bill will be proposed and sent to Parliament and the expected result will be got using the numbers in the house.

Mean while there is a hanging dilema of big chanks of land owned by different people from the fevored class Dr Museveni him self is one of them his puported farmland at Kisozi was once a property of the Ministry of Defence. He has never explained him self on how the same farmland ended up in his private hands.

There are several strong men in the current Rwandan establishment who own square miles of land in Uganda and the explanation to this is not yet available.

Then there are investors who want to make development projects in Uganda but they want sizable land. Aparently some registered owners are in government or some how connected to it. I once came across such investors in Turkey three years ago who were complaining of having delt with one big man in government who promised them land for an industrial park in Luwero. On intorogating them deeper they admitted that they had paid big sums to the person but the promised land was un available to them.

There is another group of new players in this question of land and these are Balalo who have invaded Bunyoro with large hards of cattle. They occupy settle and graze their animals and when the owners make attempts to remove them they are confronted by armed personnel.

Recently there was a PR excersise where
Dr Museveni handed over a heap of land titles to the Katikkiro of Buganda but ever since those returned titles have never been transfered instead what we had was that the land on which state house sits does not belong to the Kingdom.

You have all seen reports of Gen. Akandwanaho giving back land to government in return for a fat pay. And here the fat pay is not important but how he obtained that land in the first place is the explanation every one would like to hear.

The above complicated scenario needs a scintific answer and the President in his characteristic style is trying all ways to reach to what he thinks will be the final position in regularising the questionable owners using the law.

My story is aimed at two groups one the general public to know the hiden intentions of the President so you dont get taken by suprise. Group two is that of Dr Museveni and his sellected beneficiaries. Dont waste your valuable time and resourses to manually fix land by twisting laws because this will not last and after a short while the true status will prevail and your efforts will have ended in vain.

The efforts we make to worn Ugandans and in this case none Ugandans are deliberate so that no one comes up in future to say WE DIDNT KNOW!!

A crook does not need the land bill to grab your land



The first noted case of land grabbing in Uganda’s history, happened after the signing of ‘The Buganda Agreement of 1900.’ The biggest beneficiaries were English Crown and Buganda Chiefs, who practically took land from the peasants and claimed “custody ” over those lands.

That “custody” has now turned into ownership of those said pieces of land that cover whole villages. Some or many of those new owners who are all Baganda, have being selling the land to other Ugandans and are now claiming “we grabbed the land‎;”

Related to the above points; Buganda was rewarded with land from the Bunyoro Kingdom, for collaboration. Those lands became known as the ‘Lost Counties‎,’ and to date are owned by landed gentry from Buganda;

A large section of Mt Elgon is settled by people from Central who live in peace with the Bagisu

What I am trying to tell you is that; in the greater scheme of things, Africa does not matter or matters little in the Global market.

A crook does not need the land bill to grab your land.Most land is stolen using a pen and paper.What your missing here is that the most valuable are the ones with mineral resources and that is what the new Land Bill is about.It’s not about grabbing land in Buganda but in North.

The main reason that tensions levels have kicked a up a notch is specifically because of Northern MP’s going postal about the proposed constitutional clause.

What both sides are not saying publicly is that there is more oil to be found and a new mineral of epic proportions, has been added to the economic equation. Uranium!

‎Enough said.

The Vatican is on a 109 acre land, smaller than the Lubiri but they’ve done better!


Far right Apolo Kagwa, second right Daudi Chwa (since he was born 1897, should we date the photo ca. 1915?), and in the background next to Chwa, Stanislaus Mugwanya. Who knows the names of the white men?
Collection Makerere University main library, Africana section.

Milk shakes come in all flavors, you can basically mix whatever you want add some milk and call it a milk shake. Looking a head the issue of who is a muganda will be a definition of a milk shake. We are up to a point where the lineage cannot be defined.This brings me to the issue of the Lubiri. I grew around this perimeter and I revered it together with the Bulange. It so happens that the Kingdom is so engrossed in collecting funds and they are putting the issue of maintaining the tribal aspects on the side. By the way I think you can definitely do both.

Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi as a youth


My idea of the Lubiri will be a big museum of the kingdom, to put it better the enclosure can be used to create the liking of a Vatican, a state within in a state. This will not only reduce the expense of the kingdom but it will consolidate all the aspects of the kingdom in one prime spot. The sky is the limit as to what can be done in an enclosure like that, ranging from using Luganda as the only language when you step in fence , Buganda banks ,school , a post office for each clan, let you minds roll. This can all be done in the concept that monies can even be collected, a hotel, in the enclosure, a function hall. I mean take all the Buganda kingdom and start running its business in one place. The result will be that with the concentration of all activities the pride to the kingdom will be restored and somehow we can preserve our history. Let us have a library for each and every king.

For those who think this is farfetched, Information from wikpedia.org copied below illustrates how the Vatican works.

The Vatican is on a 109 acre land, smaller than the Lubiri. The Vatican City has its own post office, fire brigade, police service, commissary (supermarket), bank (the automatic teller machines are the only ones in the world to offer customers service in Latin, among other languages), railway station, electricity generating plant, and publishing house. The Vatican also controls its own Internet domain (.Va), it has the Vatican Radio.

This unique, non-commercial economy is also supported financially by contributions (known as Peter’s Pence) from Catholics throughout the world, the sale of postage stamps and tourist mementos, fees for admission to museums, and the sale of publications. The incomes and living standards of lay workers are comparable to, or somewhat better than, those of counterparts who work in the city of Rome.

The Vatican City issues its own coins. It has used the euro as its currency since January 1,1999, owing to a special agreement with the EU (council decision 1999/98/CE). Euro coins and notes were introduced in January 1, 2002. Due to its rarity, Vatican euro coins are highly sought by collectors. Until the adoption of the Euro, Vatican coinage and stamps were denominated in their own Vatican lira currency, which was on par with the Italian lira.
It also has its own bank, Istituto per le Opere di Religione (also known as the Vatican Bank, and with the acronym IOR).

Budget: Revenues (2003) $252 million; expenditures (2003) $264 million.
Industries: printing and production of few mosaics and staff uniforms; worldwide banking and financial activities.

· Almost all of Vatican City’s 932 citizens live inside the Vatican’s walls. The Vatican citizenry consists mainly of clergy, including high dignitaries, priests, nuns, as well as the Swiss Guard. There are also about 3,000 lay workers who comprise the majority of the Vatican work force, but who reside outside the Vatican. All of the City’s citizens are Roman Catholic and Roman Catholicism is, rather obviously, the State religion of the country. There are no other places of worship inside the Vatican City other than private Catholic Chapels and St Peter’s Basilica.

·The official language is Latin. Italian and, to a lesser extent, other languages are generally used for most conversations, publications, and broadcasts. German is the official language of the Swiss Guard. The Vatican’s official website languages are Italian, German, English, French, Spanish, and Portuguese.

In this world you either evolve or die. The thinking of those who govern the Buganda kingdom is locked in the past, it won’t be long when all those who call them selves Baganda will all be different brands of Milk shakes.

For God and My Country.

Dr.Eddie Kayondo, M.D
UAH member in USA

Buganda Land Board’s Legal Status explained!


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BY GEORGE OKELLO
LONDON

1. BLB is a legal entity that acts as an administrative arm of the Buganda kingdom, which I believe, is a legal entity recognised by the Ugandan Constitution. It is the equivalent of a department or section in a private Company.
2. BLB is agent of Buganda Kingdom and its powers and privileges are limited to the extent that the rights and privileges of the Buganda Kingdom are described in the Uganda Constitution.
3. BLB has no jurisdiction over land in Uganda or any other matter over land outside of those lands designated as property of the Buganda Kingdom.
4. BLB has no locus standing over national land issues, except only to the extent to which it is permitted to do so either by delegated legislation or where it is in conformity with its duties and responsibilities as the agent of the Buganda Kingdom.
5. BLB can sue or be sued in its capacity as agent of the Buganda Kingdom.
6. BLB is mandated to obey national laws regarding ownership, transfer and regulation of land. It must not breach any rights, obligations or privileges granted to it by Stautory land Laws.
7. BLB is subject to both the civil and criminal jurisdiction of the laws of Uganda.

PS:

1. The BLB is likely to get into dispute with several lease-holders in the years to come. This partcularly applies to people who obtained leases in the period 1967-1995 when Museveni’s Land Act was passed, the effect of which was to reverse President Obote’s nationalisation of properties previously belonging to Kingdoms and Colonial Chiefs under Colonial arrangements contained in the Buganda Kingdom of 1900, and the Uganda Independence Settlement of 1962.
2. The BLB is likely to get into legal disputes to people who acquired leases, rights or entitlements to Buganda Lands which were sequestrated under Mr Idi Amin’s Land reform Decree of 1975.
5. Of specific interest or concern will be the compensation to be awarded to people who acquired lease, licenses and entitlements in good faith in the period 1967-1999 and who have subsequently made developments on the land worth several millions of dollars in today’s money.

HON. OKELLO-OKELLO’s Statement to Parliament on the Issue of Acholi Land


INTRODUCTION

Mr. Speaker Sir, over the last couple of weeks, Acholi land has become very topical. It is being discussed in various fora such as meetings, the media – both print and electronic, including the Internet and so on, from morning to evening, Sunday to Monday. It has attracted much attention not only here within the country, but overseas as well.

BACKGROUND TO CONTROL AND MANAGEMENT OF LAND IN UGANDA.

In 1900 the Protectorate Government signed an agreement with the Kabaka of Buganda – the Uganda Agreement, which was in 1909 amended to read Buganda Agreement. Under this agreement, land in Buganda was shared out among the Protectorate Government, the Kabaka, Chiefs and notables. The unit of measurement used during this land settlement was a square mile. Those who were allotted square miles of land started calling their percels “Mailo”, a word which was given legal recognition by The Land Law, 1908, hence Mailo Land. Mailo Land tenure is found in the districts formerly known as East Mengo, West Mengo, Masaka, Mubende and the former lost counties now Kibale District.

In 1900 and 1901, the Protectorate Government replicated similar arrangements, but on a much smaller scale, in the Kingdoms of Ankole, Toro and also in Kigezi and Bugisu. Land was given out to the Kings and Rulers in freeholds instead of Mailo. In Bugisu, only the colonial Chief Administrator, Semei Kakungulu, was given ten (10) square miles. In the North and East, people rejected the idea of sharing out the land between their leaders and the Protectorate Government. Any land that was not allotted to the Kings and other rulers automatically fell under the control of the Protectorate Government – i.e under the Crown of England – and became known as Crown Land till Independence in 1962. Anybody who wanted to lease land would apply to the Governor in Entebbe.

After Independence, the UPC Government decided that the control and management of the former crown Land should be returned to the respective districts. There were sixteen (16) districts at Independence. District Land boards were formed and land within the boundaries of their districts was vested in them.

In 1969, the Government decided that the control and management of land should be re-centralised in order to speed up development. Parliament accordingly passed a law, the Public Lands Act, 1969, which abolished district Land Boards and established Uganda Land Commission (ULC) to hold in trust, for the people of Uganda, the whole country, minus Mailo Land and freeholds.

The military regime of the late Idi Amin in 1975 promulgated the Land Reform Decree, No. 3 of 1975, which abolished all interests in land greater than 99 years. Freehold and Mailo interests were reduced to 99 and 199 years for individuals and public bodies, religious organizations and other charitable organizations, respectively. This was nationalization of property without compensation. The actual conversion of Mailo and freehold titles to conform to the decree never happened for reasons I cannot go into here.

THE 1995 CONSTITUTION

The 1995 Constitution vests land in the citizens of Uganda. Articles 237 (1) refers. Clause (3) of the same Article provides for the tenure systems under which land should be owned, namely; Customary, Freehold, Mailo, and Leasehold. This means the majority of land in Uganda is now private property and is no longer under the control or management of Government.

The position of land in the Constitution did not originate in the Constituent Assembly (C.A). it was demanded by the people of Uganda. Please refer to the Report of The Technical Committee on Land Tenure Law reform, June 1993.

When one flies over Acholi land, the entire country-side is just a dark jungle. It looks like land just created by God yesterday and God is still thinking about creating human beings to occupy it. The owners of the land are for the last ten years interred in squalid Internally Displaced Persons’ (IDPs) camps, dotted along the roads and trading centres. The entire rural land now belongs to wildlife. It is sad.

Mr. Speaker Sir, for the last twenty years, we have talked about peace in the North; we have prayed in churches and mosques; we have held meetings, seminars and conferences without tiring. This is because peace has eluded that part of our country for so long. In the same vein, we have talked about Acholi land for more than a decade now. We shall continue to do so until there are completely no more threats over that land. Mr. Speaker Sir, there have been real threats over Acholi land as the following incidents will prove:

a. In 1992 the Government of Uganda signed a protocol with the Government of Libya giving away the following large chunks of land:

i. Bukaleba Beef Ranch 4,000 hectares

ii. Aswa Ranch 46,000 hectares

iii. Maruzi Ranch 16,376 hectares

b. In 1999, a company called Divinity Union Limited came up with a proposal to turn Uganda into what it called the Bread Basket of Africa. The land targeted for this proposal was basically in Acholi sub-region. Acholi Parliamentary Group (APG) fought this and it never took off.

c. In the same year 1999, Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) moved to acquire Lipan Controlled Hunting Area and turn it into a national game park. UWA dealt with the then chairman L.C. V of Kitgum and the technocrats without involving other elected leaders such as Members of Parliament, District Councilors or even the District Land Committee. As a Member of Parliament for the area then, I was contacted when the matter was about to be tabled in cabinet for approval and subsequently to Parliament. I stopped it.

d. In May 2003, a programme entitled Security and Production Programme (SPP) was produced. The author of this programme is difficult to pin-point. The implementing agents were, however listed as: Ministry of Defence (MOD), Ministry of Agriculture (MOA), Ministry of Water, Lands and Enviroment (MOWLE), Ministry of Education (MOE) and Ministry of Health (MOH). The proposal was to plan and turn Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps into permanent settlements. The three districts of Acholi then – Gulu, Kitgum and Pader – convened a meeting of about 380 selected people in Kitgum in October that year and the proposal was unanimously rejected, save for two or three people who supported the idea.

e. Again, in December 2005, as presidential election campaigns were gaining momentum, the Office of the Senior Presidential Advisor on Reconstruction of Northern Uganda, Luwero and the Rwenzori came up with yet another project called “Food Security First 2006 – 2010, Gulu, Kitgum & Pader”. The senior Presidential Advisor was none other than Gen. Salim Saleh. The project was to cost Shs. 92,181,230,000/=.

This project proposed to allocate two (2) acres of land to each family in the three districts of Acholi. Each family would then choose two crops to grow from among the list of crops given. The list of crops does not include millet, which is the main staple crop in Acholi. The question is: If the Acholi are on their land, who was to allocate them two (2) acres per family? What would happen to the rest of the land? How does one provide food security in Acholi without millet? And so on so forth.

f. During the recent tour of Acholi sub-region by APG, we received report that some unknown people had surveyed a huge chunk of land measuring ten (10) square miles under the protection of UPDF at a place called Got Apwoyo in Purongo sub-county, Nwoya County, Amuru District. APG went to this area and walked the thick grass looking for markstones. One freshly planted markstone was found. It was photographed and recorded on video by the journalists accompanying APG. APG also saw two large farms being guarded by UPDF soldiers. One was reported to belong to Col. Walter Ochora, RDC Gulu, and the other to Col. Charles Otema Awany, the 4th Division Commander. In addition, APG had received reports of a serious land dispute between a lady called Harriet Aber and Hon. Maj. Gen. Julius Oketta in Amuru sub-county, Kilak County Amuru District. This matter is now before court and I can not say much about it. The cultural leader of the area also put an announcement over radio MEGA F.M. appealing to the parties to the dispute to stop using UPDF soldiers and the gun.

The scenarios listed at paragraph 10 above are some, but not all the attempts that have been made to grab land in Acholi. In view of all this, APG met here in Kampala before the commencement of its tour of Acholi, which ran from 23rd November – 2nd December, 2006, and resolved on the issues of land as follows:

g. That it is wrong for anybody now to start acquiring large chunks of land in rural areas under the pretext of investment when the entire population of Acholi is still interred in squalid IDP camps. They should wait until the people have returned home and peacefully settled on their land. We think this is a reasonable demand, which any reasonable person should support.

h. We shall welcome investors, who wish to assist our people develop the land. However, such investors must go direct to the people, when they are already back home and should never go through the state or state agents.

i. That the investors should partner with the land owners where land will be used as equity in the intended investment so that the profits can be shared between the investors and the land owners. Such profits should not be carried wholesale back home by the investors.

j. Outright sale of land or long leases such as 49 or 99 years to investors are not acceptable, because our people have been made destitutes, and are not capable of negotiating fair deals with the investors. The idea is to avoid landlessness to our people or another Kibaale situation.

k. That those investors who may not want to partner with our people should hire/rent the land on short-term basis of between 5-10 years renewable.

l. That when we talk about land, we do not mean plots in urban areas. Those may be acquired by any investor any time. We mean the farm land in rural areas that can be acquired in large chunks — “the land that feeds us”.

m. That land grabbers, who use force or tricks to acquire the land will be fought in all possible ways. They are not different from any bank-robbers. Land is the only asset that the people of Acholi are left with. It should not under any circumstances follow the livestock.

n. That Government pays compensation to people on whose land IDP camps, Army barracks, Army detaches and any other Government projects have been established without their consent. The fertility of such land has been completely destroyed and will take years to restore.

APG put its position on land as above to the people at all the rallies it addressed during the tour. The people enthusiastically and unanimously approved APG’s proposal on land. Anyone who doubts can go and find out.

OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN HIGH POSITIONS IN GOVERNMENT

We appeal to our brothers and sisters who hold high Government posts, including ministerial posts, to really go slow. They should use their high positions to rescue our people who are being exterminated in IDP camps. Calling us names, insulting us or abusing us will not help our people. For whether they like it or not we are currently the elected leaders of the Acholi people at the highest level – Parliament. Remember, there were many like you before. Some of them are now like us. You will also one day be like us.

GULU MEETING

When we first saw in the Daily Monitor of Wednesday 29th November, 2006, that my brother, Hon. Daniel Omara Atubo, Minister of Lands, Housing & Urban Development had called a meeting in Gulu to sensitise Acholi leaders on land issues, we were at breakfast table in one of the hotels in Gulu. I straight away called the Minister and tried to persuade him to call off the meeting. The Minister insisted that it was a cabinet directive that must be implemented. APG met on the same day and wrote to the Hon. Minister.

The meeting went ahead, but in the end it was a big flop. Many categories of the invited leaders boycotted the meeting, namely; MPs, all the District Executives, religious leaders (except 3) and cultural leaders (except 4). This is the reason why the meeting had to be hurriedly shifted by radio announcement from its original venue at the World Vision Centre to Ker Kalkwaro (Lawirwodi’s Palace). First, to make it appear that Lawirwodi was now in support of the meeting. And secondly, by tradition no one can be sent away from Ker Kalkwaro, unless one has committed a crime there.

The attendance of the meeting was 90% NRM(O) people.

It is absolutely false to say that Lawirwodi blasted APG members for boycotting the meeting. He could not have done that and at the same time told the meeting that no one should think the “MPs are fools. There is no smoke without fire”. His statement is on tape. APG warns politicians who cannot convene their own meeting to steer clear of Lawirwodi. Please do not soil him with your dirty politics. He is for every body.

KAMPALA MEETING

The Minister of state for Lands, Hon. Dr. Kasirivu Atwooki invited APG to meet with officials of the Ministry of Lands, Housing & Urban Development in that Ministry’s Boardroom last Friday. However, when we pointed out the inappropriateness of that venue, they kindly accepted to meet us in Parliament. The meeting was called off mainly for two reasons:

First, the Rt. Hon. Speaker had granted permission for this statement to be made on the floor of this August House. Second, the notice of the meeting was received when most members of APG had already committed themselves elsewhere and could not attend the Friday meeting.

As things stand today, we do not consider it feasible any more to meet Hon. Daniel Omara Atubo, Minister of Lands, Housing & Urban Development on this particular matter of Acholi land, because of the following reasons:

o. Stakes have now been raised to much higher levels than that of the Minister

p. The minister has no olive branch to offer as illustrated by:

i. Stopping publication of my interview on Acholi Land Issues in the Rupiny volume No. 9, November 29 – December 5, 2006.

ii. Blasting APG members on MEGA FM radio talkshow of Monday 4th December 2006.

iii. Ordering the management of radio MEGA FM not to host APG at the end of its tour of the Sub-region.

However, if Government still thinks that the matter should be discussed further after this statement, we shall be willing to attend a meeting convened at a higher level than that of the Minister responsible for Lands. For example, if such a meeting can be convened by the Rt. Hon. Prime Minister/Leader of Government Business, but we are demanding it.


GOVERNMENT LAND.

19. Governments all over the world must own some land. There must, however, be proof of that ownership. APG has been requesting those who claim that Government has a lot of land in Acholi Sub-region to come up with clear proof. They must, however, know that land owned by parastatals is not Government land. Parastatals are legal entities, which own land in their own rights. The current saga in the National Forest Authority (NFA) proves the point. Constitutionally, the only body that holds Government land is Uganda Land Commission (ULC).

20. After the inauguration of the current Constitution on 8th October 1995, there was some confusion as to which was now Government land. It will be recalled that at the inauguration of the Constitution, H. E. President Museveni did not hide his dissatisfaction with the position of land in the new constitution. Subsequently, a management meeting was convened in the Boardroom of the Ministry of Lands and Surveys, where I was the Commissioner of Land Administration, to discuss land and agree on a common position. It was agreed that Government land was : (a) that land with land title in the name of ULC, and (b) any land that had already been gazetted as Government land before 8th October, 1995.

THREAT TO LIFE.

21. Mr. Speaker Sir, we have been receiving some reports of unfortunate statements being made by irresponsible leaders in Acholi Sub-region. These careless and reckless leaders reportedly make statements to the effect that those us who are educating the people about their land rights do not know the forces behind the land grabbing in Acholi. That we shall be arrested or killed. We have no means of stopping anybody killing us. We place our lives in the hands of the Almighty God. But our message to such people is this: there is no better cause to die for.

WORKING WITH GOVERNMENT

22. It is a fact that, for the time being, NRM(O) Government is in-charge of the country. Therefore, all law-abiding citizens must work with it to deliver the much-needed services to the people of Uganda. On our part, as APG, we pledge our commitment to work with Government to particularly restore dignity, freedom and human rights to our dehumanized people in Acholi sub-region, Eastern Region and elsewhere in the country.

We appeal to Government, likewise, to work with us to serve our people. For now, we are the leaders of our people. A fact no one can wish away. In particular, we appeal to the Rt. Hon. Prime Minister/Leader of Government Business to crack whip on some of his ministers who seem to regard those in opposition as less human beings.

Mr. Speaker Sir, we decided to treat this matter in great details, because it was, for no reason, becoming contentious. I sincerely thank you for giving us this opportunity. I thank the Honorable Members for listening to me.

For God and My Country

BY

HON. OKELLO-OKELLO JOHN LIVINGSTONE

CHAIRMAN,

ACHOLI PARLIAMENTARY GROUPS (APG)

Lukwago is Guilty: Report attached! What Next?


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The tribunal finds the Kampala Mayor, Erias Lukwago, guilty- according to the report on the link below;

http://semuwemba.files.wordpress.com/2010/03/the-guilty-lukwago-tribunal.pdf

The dictator has specialised in manipulating women like this female judge. Her career is gone because she has sold her soul. The report itself was written in statehouse and brought in to sign it.

Look there is nothing to cheer about but abuse of our institutions, judiciary is gone too. The power lies with the people. Now knowing the people will vote Lukwago Erias in again, the stupid judge says that the mayor should be elected by councillors. Is she aware of what the constitution says, power belongs to people and should have the people to elect whoever they want to be their leader?

What is so special with Kampala? The thieves are after Kampala property and Buganda Kingdom, they are stealing everything and Lukwago is the stumbling bloc. Wandegeya market is full of politicians owning stalls; new tax park is gone because they sold themselves the plots on the side in the pretence of renovating it, now the investor of Usafi market is forcing KCCA to send some cars to his car park behind. The stupid ones are celebrating the results from the tribunal but the consequences are greater. The thieves are positioning themselves. It’s everybody’s responsibility now to stop the NRM thieves?

The NRM thieves think that cities are developed by appointed officials only? Why are hospitals empty without drugs yet its appointed officials running them? Why are patients sleeping on the floors when they have their own ministers appointed by the president? They don’t want to say they are interested in Kampala property and land leases that are soon expiring?? They want their people there to sell them land and buildings in the city? Ugandans have got a right to know all this instead of pretending that Lukwago has been a stumbling block to developing Kampala as a capital city.

Why are schools failing and they simply looking on? The force they put on Kampala, if it was the same force they put on corruption, Uganda would be corruption free.They are after Kampala land and the dictator knows it they will use people they can manipulate. New York is not run by the president or Paris or London, people elect whoever they want and Kampala is not special. Long ago when it was cleaner and more organised was it the president running it?? Why can’t they get an appointed mayor in Mbarara and leave Kampala alone?

These silly excuses are there to fool Ugandans that Kampala would be better if run by appointed officials,………. nothing is going to change apart from Sudhir buying all the buildings and land in Kampala. They want to control Kampala land board and this is a war they have been fighting too. These women they are manipulating are weak and very fearful.

The kasubi fire report is gathering dust and u wonder what these thieves are up to. What is important to them, they will spend fortunes to achieve it. The country is gone, gone, failed state kabisa. The man is fighting personal wars using tax payers’ money and the small thieves enjoy it because that money is always readily available whenever they ask for it.

Just imagine those who organising for the election of the 4 councillors…..they are already swimming in money and don’t be surprised when they say they used 800m to organise it.’

JOHN KWITONDA

There is a difference between Economic growth and Economic Development


Ugandans will get a cultural shock!This project was passed during Sebagala's time for the market to be built.Most of the programmes being implemented now are plans from way back, there is no need to thank Musisi, its just that the money saw the light of day under her leadership.This is not Jenifer's Musisi's initiative. It is an initiative of the World Bank and similar markets are being constructed in Jinja, Mbale, Gulu and Lira.

Ugandans will get a cultural shock!This project was passed during Sebagala’s time for the market to be built.Most of the programmes being implemented now are plans from way back, there is no need to thank Musisi, its just that the money saw the light of day under her leadership.This is not Jenifer’s Musisi’s initiative. It is an initiative of the World Bank and similar markets are being constructed in Jinja, Mbale, Gulu and Lira.

UAH,
There is a difference between Economic growth and Economic Development. Economic growth is like what so called good schools do – put the bright students in one stream and the teachers put a lot of effort to coach them so that they can score excellent grades in the UNEB papers. The duller students are put in other streams and may even be forced to sit their exam from another centre so that they don’t spoil the performance of the school.

Economic development is believing every child can learn. Teachers spend time with the slow learners to empower them and identify and nurture other talents so that they benefit from the time at school. In the good old days people learnt social skills, writing, speech making etc so that even if they didnt have academic flair they had something to show for going to school.

Indifference is natural And as old as creation but has the current gov’t leaned against econ. development or growth? It’s a gov’t full of selfish and greedy individuals. The larger no. of Ugandans live under the poverty line and delivery of social services is at its lowest.

This is the reconstructed New Taxi Park. The park will have multlevel parking. The first phase is complete and the park can now accommodate 350 taxis as KCCA finalise the traffic management plan.

This is the reconstructed New Taxi Park. The park will have multlevel parking. The first phase is complete and the park can now accommodate 350 taxis as KCCA finalise the traffic management plan.

What development does is that it gives people more bang for the effort they make. If I can use another education analogy:I started P1 in a school where our class teacher neither spoke nor wrote English so we never learnt any English the whole year. For P2 I was moved to another school where pupils started learning English in P1. While classmates could read the story of Poor Kapere – I on the other hand was reduced to cramming the story and photographic interpretation. The teachers realised my predicament and put me under the tutorial of the grade 1 teacher and after 2 terms I was at par with the other pupils.

So let citizens exert economic effort but let government also create a development oriented environment. The last 3 weeks the President has been all over the place either laying foundation stones or unveiling plaques of finished projects but the hall mark of these projects is that they underscore the growth mindedness of our government.

Most people who consider themselves successful if they were honest would admit that they are so because of opportunities. My teacher gave me opportunity by taking time to tutor me. There are people who are poor today and others who will be poor a decade later because they have been systematically robbed of their opportunities. Under NRM,the opportunities continue to flow (or to be pulled) in the direction of a few.


H.OGWAPITI

The 1900 agreement has not been superseded by the 1995 constitution and the 1998 Land Act, in respect of mailo land in its entire original application


The 1900 agreement has not been superseded by the 1995 constitution and the 1998 Land Act, in respect of mailo land in its entire original application. What they do is recognise mailo as the de jure land system in a kingdom in Uganda. The land matters, as per the 1998 Land Act, are no longer handled by Kingdoms, but by districts, except where it is leasehold.
Yes, Bunyoro Kitara is a kingdom, but it is not Buganda Kingdom, for which the mailo land system was created by the 1900 agreement. The 1964 referendum was a constitutional amendment, therefore recognition of mailo land as de jure land system in Kibaale by the constitution is unconstitutional. It is an anomaly that needs to be set right. The constitution should explicitly recognise mailo as the de jure land system in Buganda kingdom. Apparently there has been a lack of political will by both the Obote governments and now Yoweri Museveni’s government to address the issue.

For me I would not interfere with the agreement made between Britain and Buganda on the 8th October 1962, which basically recognises the Buganda Kingdom as prescribed by 1900 agreement as de jure, and which was eventually captured and carried forward by the 1962 constitution. Moreover the 8th October 1962 agreement transfers a substantial part of Her Majesty’s stake in the 1900 agreement to Buganda. This includes the 9,000 sq. miles of land which Uganda government has since commandeered from Buganda.

Secondly, I would harmonise the 1964 referendum constitutional amendment and give justice to Bunyoro Kitara as far as Kibaale (only) is concerned. That is why I proposed a compulsory purchase of mailo land in Kibaale by the government and giving the land back to the local authority of Bunyoro Kitara. I would indeed make the 1900 agreement untenable in Kibaale. About a year ago I saw in the BBC Teletext news that Museveni was given £40 million by the Gordon Brown government to purchase land which was given away by the British colonial government back to the original communities. Also about six months the Monitor newspaper published a list of “who owns the land in Kibaale”. And guess what? The majority of mailo land lords in Kibaale are NRM fellows, not the original Baganda absentee landlords.

I don’t know what was the outcome of the Bunyoro Kitara suit against the British government. The case was in the English High Courts in England. Perhaps Henry Mirima should clarify this.

Regards

Pilipo Oruni

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