Disgruntled Buganda kingdom has reminded Central government of her rightful share towards the national resources and assets that were illegally acquired during Obote’s regime but later promised to be returned to the kingdom.
This was during the 55 anniversary while Buganda was commemorating May 25, 1966, a day that Idi Amin’s military troops, on orders of Milton Obote, raided and destroyed the Kabaka’s palace at Mengo during what is now popularly known as the 1966 Mengo crisis.
Omulangira David Kintu Wasajja, one of the royal princes, and on behalf of the Buganda Kingdom, asked the central government to stick to her promise and fully declare custody of whatever resources, and assets, that were illegally obtained by the Obote regime.
The unsurprising remarks were made yesterday during the national prayers that were held at Lubaga Cathedral in remembrance of the fateful day when Kabaka’s palace was raided.
According to Wasajja, the kingdom was losing much of its would be income at the dismay of other perpetrators and that it was high time the kingdom enjoyed her privileges and the long time sweats of her ancestors.
“Our only request is that government fulfills its promise especially paying our debts because the public is using our property. A lot of infrastructure has been built but without any official payment to the Kingdom,” Wasajja said.
Wasajja added that Buganda has been demanding for her rightful share since 1993 but there isn’t any clear motive as to whether denying her rightful owner is intended by the Central government or not.
He says this has retarded the growth and development of the once triumphant kingdom.
Buganda has spent almost 30 years demanding for what is hers in vain.
The prince also sighted Buganda’s loyalty towards the government programs and that Buganda has been pivotal towards any developmental campaigns.
This, according to him, can be witnessed in their unconditional support rendered towards the development of the Baganda and the entire Uganda.
“The Kingdom has championed many campaigns including among others the Sickle cell campaign, Fistula and has of late got involved in the eradication of the HIV/AIDs campaign Uganda,” he said.
Buganda has also contributed to the education and economic sectors as well, according to Wasajja.
He therefore urged all Ugandans to put more emphasis on educating the young generation son as to solve the problem of unemployment in the country.
“The whole world is seemingly becoming a global village, therefore there will always be increased competition for employment opportunities. We therefore need the right people in the right places,” Wasajja emphasized.
He added that in order to acquire sustainable development, Buganda and Uganda needed to be unified and that the Baganda should not be afraid to fight for what is rightfully theirs.
Patrick Muwagga Luvumbule, on behalf of the Buganda Prime Minister Charles Peter Mayiga, also pleaded to the Central government to look forth towards stability if there is to be peace, unity and development in the country.