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    LAND DEBATE: Mailo Land Is Not Connected To “Ssabataka”: Mailo System Disorganized Our Cultural System By Granting Cultural Land To Strangers Who Have Sold Our Cultural Sites

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    Saturday Monitor’s publication of my article ”Mailo land is unconstitutional” on 31st July 2021 coincided with Kabaka Mutebi’s 28th Coronation anniversary celebrated at Nkoni, Buddu.

    Speaker after Speaker, they falsely, in my view, told the public that the ongoing crusade to abolish mailo system is impossible and that it will be an upfront on Buganda traditions and cultures as it will take away the title ”Ssabataka”. It was stated that Kabaka cannot be Ssabataka without a mailo system.

    Himself, Kabaka Mutebi wondered why land tenure systems in other parts of Uganda are not a matter of discussion, although he failed to name any other community in Uganda where supposed leaders sat with white aggressors to allot to themselves land already occupied by their kinsmen as the signatories to the 1900 Buganda agreement did. He also stated, falsely, in my view, that land is one of the components in Buganda upon which conditions cannot be given.

    As a Muganda, a person who excelled in Luganda as a subject at both my O & A Level and who has served at several levels of my Kkobe clan leadership, I categorically state that the title ”Ssabataka”, which has existed time immemorial, even before Kintu, the founder of the current Kabakaship line, is not connected to mailo system which was introduced in 1900 by an agreement of colonialists and their allies-at-war who had helped them defeat their own King Mwanga, Kabalega of Bunyoro, Catholics and Muslims. Indeed, Kabaka, who is against abolition of mailo, did not participate in the agreement by virtue of being exiled then.

    If Kabaka Mwanga vehemently opposed colonialists and their allies to the extent of killing Bishop Hannington and martyrs, there is no way, except for personal beneficial interests, his third successor can praise the unfair products of colonialism. Kabaka Mutebi’s opposition to Mailo abolition needs to be treated with all the contempt it deserves.

    ”Ssabataka” means the chairperson of ”Abataka”, who are the clan leaders at several levels. From a father’s house, we make ‘olujja’ which is a wider homestead of grandfathers headed by ‘Omukulu w’oluggya” from which we form ”Olunyiriri” constituting of several ”mpya” or ”nzijja”, here we have ”Omukulu W’olunyiriri”. A combination of ”Enyiriri” makes ”Omutuba” and it is at this level that the title ”Omutaka” starts from and the head is called ”Omutaka W’omutuba”. A combination of Mituba makes ”Essiga” headed by ”Omutaka W’essiga”. Several Masiga make ”Akasolya” headed by ”Omutaka Omukulu W’akasolya”.

    For example, in my Kkobe clan, I am from Omutaka Ssebatindira’s Mutuba/Lunyiriri of Najeera, Kyaddondo, from Ssiga of Omutaka Kawuma, Wasozi Mawokota my clan head is Omutaka Nnamwama, Buwama, Mawokota. Those locations are properties of Kkobe Clan people not Kabaka. Its these Bataka who held land in trust for their people, and Kintu, Kabaka Mutebi’s predecessor was one of them leading Mpologoma clan. These Bataka sat and voted amongst themselves a chairperson, who happened to be Kintu hence the name ”Ssabataka”. There was nothing like him owning their entire land as it is being painted by Mengo officials. Time immemorial, land in Buganda belonged to people who settled on it. Simply put, a village Chairperson does not own homes in the village.

    Between 1987-1993, Ronald Muweda Mutebi was Ssabataka, not Kabaka, and without land, since the 1967 constitution had confiscated it and the Amin Land decree had abolished mailo. Therefore, with or without the mailo system, Ssabataka remains.

    Indeed, the Mailo system disorganized our cultural system by granting cultural land to strangers who have sold our cultural sites. In my Kkobe clan, an imposter who worked with missionaries was registered as the owner of our Buwama land hence selling most of it. A person from Kayiwa’s Ssiga was registered on the land of Kawuma’s Ssiga and has sold the cultural sites, which had been preserved several years before this mailo system.
    It’s therefore long overdue for us, the Buganda people, to take a firm decision against this mailo system by abolishing it before the situation becomes worse. Our cultural norms will better be protected without this system which shuns fairness in favour of servitude.

     

    MALE H. MABIRIZI K. KIWANUKA
    The Writer is Lawyer & a Civically Active Ugandan.

    malehmkk@gmail.com

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    Panic In UPDF As Furious M7 Gives Gen Okidi’s Team Two Weeks To Give Him Detailed Report On Why Army Helicopters Are Crashing…

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    One of the army helicopters that crashed recently

    A furious President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, who is the Commander-In-Chief has ordered Maj. Gen. Charles Okidi’s team to present to him a detailed report on why Uganda People’s Defense Forces(UPDF) helicopter crashed in the Eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo(DRC) and killed the country’s soldiers including a Ukrainian national who was the pilot.

    Brig. Gen. Felix Kulayigye, the UPDF spokesperson confirmed the incident explaining that as usual when such incidents happen, the president orders for investigations.

    According to Reuters, more than 22 UPDF soldiers have died in two separate helicopter crash incidents inside DRC where the country’s commandos are fighting the deadly Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) terrorists who have been frequently killing Ugandan and Congolese nationals.

    However, Gen. Kulayigye rubbished Reuters reporting on the number of UPDF soldiers who have died in the incident but confirmed that Yury Vyshykvy, the Ukrainian national who was the pilot of the Russian made Mi-17 died on spot and together with two Congolese nationals.

    Sources in UPDF have revealed that president Museveni has directed that the concerned persons should inform the deceased’s next of kin over the death of their people.

    Mi-17 crashed few minutes after delivering food and medicine consignment to the UPDF commandos who are fighting ADF terrorists in Eastern DRC and a number of causalities were rushed to Bombo Military hospital for further medical attention.

    Sources in UPDF disclosed that the president wants to establish why the forces’ newly acquired military helicopters are crashing.

    The DRC accident happened a day after another Mi-24 also crashed in Fort Portal.

    Fortunately, no person died in that particular accident.

    Sources noted that like other military helicopter accidents, Gen Okidi’s report will not be made public but will be given to the assigning officer.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    We Don’t Want A Country Where People Are Being Picked Up By Drones And No One Is Held Accountable – Muntu Warns On Rampant Broad Day Light Kidnaps…

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    Mugisha Muntu

    Former presidential candidate, Gen. Mugisha Muntu has warned on the rampant abductions that have taken lead in the country.

    Muntu statement was premised on the rising cases of gunmen picking civilians off the streets or their homes in drones.

    Muntu emphasized that they don’t want a country where people are being picked up by drones and no one is held accountable, and the government doesn’t speak out even when issues are raised.

    “What we see currently on the surface of things seems to be calmness, but beneath is a situation that we all need to focus on.”

    He explained, “We have two forms of fear. One is the fear that is deeply engraved in the minds of those people in power. They fear relinquishing power, and therefore, it drives them to do the things they do.

    “Unfortunately, in this country, we have never had a peaceful transition, which is abnormal, and therefore, we need to focus on where we are heading. It is not too late.”

    Muntu insisted that they need to use the platforms where they can speak and break the culture of impunity that keeps growing.

    “The principle of separation of powers in institutions is not working. Parliament is just a shadow of what Parliament is supposed to be. On the surface you might think that there is peace but below, the situation is worrisome,” he intimated.

    He added that sectarianism is a symptom of a larger problem.

    “If we want to have fairness, we have to ensure that whatever we practise, is rooted in these values of fairness, justice and equity, among others.”

    Muntu made the remarks at Golf Course hotel today during a Public Dialogue under the theme ‘Ending Secretarianism and Tribalism.’

    Today, a man in civilian attire accompanied by the three men wearing military fatigue and armed with assault rifles kidnapped Mr. Rafik Khan, a car dealer at Kireka C in Kira Municipality, Wakiso District at 5pm.

    Residents and Mr. Khan’s colleagues looked on helplessly as the armed men dragged the businessman into a waiting Toyota Probox car.

    This is on the heels of over 15 NUP supporters who have recently been arrested from various parts of the country by men moving in drones.

    Democratic Party president, Nobert Mao, who also doubles as the Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs hailed Muntu for taking a strong stand against extra-judicial killings by those who wanted to take the law into their own hands.

    He argued that as they discuss the framework for the truth and reconciliation process, they must agree on what truth and reconciliation are not.

    “I have to give credit to Gen. Mugisha Muntu because of his militant and strong stand against extra-judicial killings by those who wanted to take the law into their own hands,” he adduced.

    He maintained, “Let me state what the truth and reconciliation process is not. It is not good to be confused about the aims of the truth and reconciliation process.

    “The truth and reconciliation process should not conduct a formal legal process and should not duplicate the work of criminal investigations, initiate court actions, among others, on matters already covered by other organs.”

    Mao noted that however, there are some trends that will lead them to conclude that colonialism played an important role in the false start that Uganda made as they headed towards independence and the years after, adding that he doesn’t believe that all the blame goes to the colonialists.

    “The North is seen as the “underprivileged backyard”. As Uganda went to independence, historical accidents disarmed the north of their fears that they had a position in an independent Uganda.”

    He propounded, ” Therefore, even a Munyankole that has made money is seen to have been corrupt. An Acholi who hasn’t killed anybody when they go to Luwero will be a suspect.

    “There was perceived dominance of the North, Baganda, and western Uganda. This was looked at as a problem that should be seen through sectarian lenses.”

    Mao therefore emphasized that a national truth and reconciliation process is the only thing that can salvage this country.

     

    By Kalamira Hope

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    Fights In Bobi Wine’s NUP: KCCA Councillor Cited In Kyagulanyi, MP Kagabo Disturbing Leaked Audio Recording…

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    Hakim Kizza, the Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) Secretary for engineering and technical services, who is also the Lubya Parish representative in Lord Mayor Ssalongo Erias Lukwago’s city council has cleared the air on the allegations that he has a hand in the leaked disturbing audio recording where embattled Bukoto South Member of Parliament Twaha Kagabo is revealing secrets about NUP party and his principal Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu (Bobi Wine).

    In the leaked audio, Kagabo is heard confessing to a friend via phone that he is not in NUP because he loves the party so much but he is there because of the political wave.

    He added that many NUP legislators are not happy with Bobi Wine’s leadership style but they have nothing to do because he is popular.

    The recording was leaked a few days ago when Bobi Wine had just praised Kagabo for being a patriotic legislator and very loyal to the party after he accepted his mistake and returned the controversial Shs.40m bribe.

    It should be remembered that Bobi Wine ordered his party legislators to return the Shs.40m bribe which he alleged was given to MPs at the speaker of parliament Annet Anita Among’s home in Nakasero, a Kampala suburb.

    Dr. Kagabo returned the money and accused speaker Among of giving it to him. Suprisingly, he later refuted his early statements against Among and apologised to her.

    Days after apologising and being forgiven by the Speaker, an audio leaked of him blasting Bobi Wine and NUP.

    Kagabo supporters now accuse councillor Kizza of playing on Kagabo’s intelligence and releasing the shocking audio of him blasting his party boss.

    Sources in Bukoto South told theGrapevine that Kizza had intentions to contest for the area parliamentary seat but he was frustrated by NUP leadership in Kamwokya who gave the party ticket to Kagabo.

    Sources added that when Kiiza decided to contest on an independent ticket, he was advised to try another time because it was going to be hard for him to defeat Kagabo who was already armed with a NUP ticket and money.

    He later accepted defeat and stood for KCCA councillor representing the people of Lubya Parish.

    Sources further narrated that Kagabo used a lot of money to get the NUP ticket after first battling for it with Dr. Abed Bwanika who was later forced to shift to Kimanya-Kabonera.

    Sources said that from then, Kiiza has been on ground, which he admitted when contacted.

    “I’m not new in that constituency, he found me there but he used money, but I remained with my people,” Kiiza said.

    He however denied allegations that he was behind the leaked audio recording.

    Kagabo and Kizza’s political fight is one of the many political fights in Bobi Wine’s NUP party.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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