By Mirembe Martina
As part of the deal between Buganda government and the government of Uganda, Ugandan government has disbursed sh20 billion to the Buganda government to cover for the rent arrears.
The payment follows a recent agreement which was signed by the Kabaka of Buganda, Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II and President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni. Buganda kingdom information minister, Denis Walusimbi confirmed the development during a news conference at Bulange Mengo. “The government has paid sh2bn part of the sh20bn it owes the kingdom in rent arrears. We have it in our treasury. We are so grateful that the government has kept its promise,” he said.
Walusimbi said the Kabaka has also appointed two people on a committee to verify the property that is to be compensated as agreed upon by the Government. Among the members are kingdom minister for Justice and Constitutional Affairs Apollo Nelson Makubuya and Prince David Wasajja, Kabaka’s young brother.
The Kabaka also appointed another four-member committee that includes; Makubuya, Prince Wasajja, Ambassadors William Naggaga and William Matovu to identify the properties are located and their values.
According to the agreement, the Government is to return former estates for Buganda kingdom including land in urban and peri-urban centers, land where former administration headquarters (Gombolola and Masaza) were situated and markets among others.