The Kabaka of Buganda Kingdom, Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II, says the movement to dump the mailo land system aims to end Buganda’s leadership and dominance.
The Kabaka of Buganda Kingdom, Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II has said all personnel advocating for the dumping of the mailo land system are focused on ending Buganda’s superiority and governance.
President Museveni earlier lashed out the mailo land system is not only unfair but a significant obstacle to investment and rural development in addition to product development more so in the central and western parts of the country.
“Its really an evil system. This mailo land is bad and not fair but some people support it. How do you allow these things to happen?” Museveni said while making a speech on the Heroes Day celebrations in June.
However, while responding to the same on Saturday during his 28th coronation anniversary ceremony held at Nkoni Palace in Lwengo District, the Kabaka said the recent perceptions raised by some forces on mailo land have been surprising to hear.
The Kabaka noted that on many notable occasions he has overheard individuals saying that the mailo land system is curtailing Uganda’s development however, he says this is not true.
He said contrary to what transpires in other regions, Buganda land is very welcoming to all races and has been occupied by individuals from different parts of the country no matter the tribe.
“We condemn those who deliberately create a situation to derail us from reminding government on what belongs to us. We have heard many people discuss about land in Buganda and many have said it is curtailing Uganda’s development. This is not true. Those who say this want to weaken the kingdom of Buganda,” the Kabaka said.
“Such things bring sorrow to our hearts and make us question why land in other parts of the country is not mentioned ( as it is with Buganda). Buganda does not or has never wished to split from Uganda, neither has it and will never kick other citizens out(of Buganda). Why is the Buganda spirit of welcoming everyone being misinterpreted as a weakness?”
In addition, he said like they have been doing for close to the last 30 years, they will not stop negotiating with those in authority to return what belongs to the kingdom including specific land titles in addition to other possessions.
“I want to emphasize that we shall not relent in our quest for Ebyaffe through negotiations as we have done in the past. It has been 28 years while emphasizing this issue and we know it will be concluded in peace and love.
“For the last 28 years, we have been at the forefront of demanding for justice, federal, land and our buildings. These and other things, we call them Ebyaffe,” the Kabaka added.