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    ‘Mailo Akenda’ Is Just A Fire Side Story: We Need To Save Peasants Who Own ‘Bibanja’ From Land Grabbers Who Have Insatiable Appetite For Land….

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    Hon. Dr. Sam Mayanja, Minister of State for Lands

    The comic in the absurdity of the ‘mailo akenda’ (9,000square miles) tale, lies in the attempt to hide the truth that the 9,000square miles was part of the land grabbing, it having been curved from the Kingdoms of Bunyoro, Ankole, Kooki in the 1900 Agreement which gifted to Buganda the counties of Buluri, Bugerere, Buyaga, Bugangasizi, Kabula, Mawogola, Kooki and part of Singo.

    The right people therefore to lay claim on the ‘mailo akenda’ are the people of Bunyoro, Ankole, and Kooki. Happily, the 9,000square miles (akenda) is now part of the Country’s public land where customary tenants till freely, and other Ugandans hold leaseholds on which they labour for their personal and the country’s advancement.

    Advancing the laughable ‘mailo akenda’ reasoning, resonates exactly with what happened in England after 1066 when William the Conqueror and his French Norman barons conquered England.

    They immediately divided the land amongst themselves while the local owners were designated peasants who had no rights to their own land. The Normans formed the British aristocracy who continue to this day.

    Those British landowning aristocrats who can trace their lineage to 1066 acquired that land in exactly the way the British colonialists gave out land in Uganda during the building of the Uganda colony. It was indeed a bribe, and a thank you for supporting the newly installed William the Conqueror as King of the new Kingdom of England. It is amazing to think that methods didn’t change in over 1000yrs. The British exported the idea to colonized Uganda.

    The case of the Banyoro in the counties of Buyaga and Bugangaizi is slightly akin to that of the mediaeval England. In those two counties, 2995 square miles, were allotted by the colonialists to the collaborators. The Banyoro were deprived of their traditional rights in land and became mere tenants compelled to pay feudal dues to Baganda mailo landlords.

    The Baganda in other areas who were not part of the collaborating group, worked for the newly created mailolanded aristocracy, just as the Banyoro were labouring for their Baganda chiefs.

    All in all, at the end of the land allotment bonanza, land in what came to be known as Uganda’s Kingdom of the Province of Buganda, was shared almost equally between the leading chiefs, relatives and friends on one hand and the Uganda Protectorate on the other. Out of a population of close to one million people, only 3700 were allocated land and the rest remained landless.

    They held bibanja at the mercy of both the newly created mailolanded aristocratic owners, and the Uganda Protectorate Government whose Crown land was really intended for alienation to non-Ugandans.

    Poverty currently chewing Buganda is largely due to the fact that since the land bonanza of 1900, almost none of all the allocatees or their successors have exhibited any enterprise or industry.

    They failed to turn their mailos into farms, or plantations. Instead, they became farmers of rent and sellers of land.

    Many of them have sold their mailo to the last decimal. In this selling spree, the bibanja holders are left to the mercy of the land grabbers who routinely evict them.

    In very many ways, the Buganda peasants have turned out worse off than peasants elsewhere in Uganda. This is due to the endurance of the customary tenure of land which has shielded them from the money bags of land grabbers with their insatiable appetite for land.

    The eviction of peasants from their ‘bibanja’ has been leading to the growth of a floating population of landless ‘peasants’ with no industries to absorb them in our condition. Peasants do not become agricultural labourers either because no farms have been developed or when they are, the jobs are reserved for the boys from ‘home’. This floating population will swell the urban slums to bursting point and the social consequences are too frightening to contemplate.

    The eviction of ‘muntu wa wansi’ (peasants) from his kibanja removes the only security he has been holding on since 1900.

    The ownership of the ‘kibanja’ had over the years offered him the ultimate security. The ‘Muntu wa wansi’ (Peasants) in Uganda holds no life insurance policies. They do not put anything on the side in social security funds. They work until they drop dead.

    There are a few lucky ones who manage to educate their children, who in turn support their parents when they begin to work but for most of them the only security is their bibanja.

    When therefore President Museveni proclaims that the time has come to give ownership in perpetuity to peasants on their bibanja tenure, he has actually given to the people of Uganda their core security-securing their future in perpetuity.

     

    Hon. Dr. Sam Mayanja

    Minister of State for Lands

    smayanja@kaa.co.ug

    www.kaa.co.ug

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    Mwenda Narrates How Intelligence Advised M7 To Fire Kagame Girl Who Prepares His Bedroom….

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    Veteran journalist Andrew Mwenda (L) and President Museveni (R)

    Celebrated veteran journalist Andrew Mwenda has narrated how intelligence advised President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni to fire president Paul Kagame’s girl to save his life.

    Mwenda revealed that when the misunderstanding between Rwanda and Uganda was at its peak, with each nation accusing the other of espionage, intelligence operatives advised President Museveni to fire all his assistants of Rwandan descent.

    Mwenda said that among the people that intelligence wanted to be removed from the state house was the beautiful Munyarwanda woman who has been in charge of President Museveni’s bedroom for a long time.

    He added that after reading a strongly worded intelligence report, Museveni took his time to interrogate the dossier and he took a strong decision which hurt his intelligence team by refusing to fire his assistants.

    While moderating ‘The hot seat’ talk show on KFM radio on Friday, Mwenda explained that Museveni trusts Rwandese more than Ugandans that’s why all the people surrounding him are Banyarwanda.

    It is on this note that Mwenda wondered why the President does not come out to rescue Rwandans from the ongoing harassment from country’s immigration department.

    He revealed that he has investigated and established that these people are facing a lot of hardships to get passports and National identity cards.

    He said that many of the people who have Rwanda like name are stateless because Uganda refused to give them passports and National Identity cards yet they cannot go to Rwanda because they were born in Uganda and all are parents have lived, died and have been buried in Uganda.

    Mwenda gave an example of Ritah Kanya, a news anchor with NTV Uganda and wife to senior investigative journalist Raymond Mujuni who is currently stateless because both her National Identity card and passports were canceled at the Immigration over her Rwandan roots.

    He insisted that Kanya was born in Uganda in Kisoro district and his grandfather was a sub county chief, so it is wrong to declare her stateless.

    He pleaded with President Museveni to intervene in the matter because National Unity Platform(NUP) supporters are also threatening Banyarwanda that when they take power, they will be sent back to their country.

    Land forces commander and also first son, Lt. Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba led the Uganda-Rwanda negotiations which resulted in the reopening of the Katuna border which was closed by president Kagame in 2017 on allegations of mistreating Rwandese in Uganda.

    Lt. Gen. Muhoozi revealed through twitter that very soon, he is going to travel to Rwanda to meet his loving uncle.

    Efforts to reach Simon Peter Mundeyi, the immigration spokesperson, were fruitless because his known phone numbers were not going through.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    Chief Justice Dollo Is Sleeping On Job, He Has Failed To Bring Errant Judicial Officers To Order – Minister Mayanja; Top Herbalist Runs Into Hiding Fearing Arrest…

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    Chief Justice Owiny Dollo (R) and Minister Sam Mayanja (L)

    State Minister for Lands Dr. Sam Mayanja has threatened to report Pius Bigirimana, the Judiciary Permanent Secretary to President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni over allegation of abuse of office.

    Mayanja insists that it is high time President Museveni takes action against Chief Justice Owiny Dollo who has slept on the job which has resulted into the Judiciary, a very important organ of the state, becoming a place where deals are cut.

    He explained that judicial officers no longer follow the Constitution because right now, everyone does what he wants because they know that Chief Justice, who is their head is not active and he cannot bring them to order.

    Mayanja wondered how a Chief Justice can keep quiet when low standard staff in Judiciary are humiliating senior judicial officers who would advise and guide the judiciary.

    He gave an example of Bigirimana who issued a statement against Supreme Court Justice Dr. Esther Kisakye Mayambala.

    Mayanja said that he was shocked to read in the papers that Bigirimana directed Justice Kisakye, the most senior Justice of the Supreme Court to return all the money which was paid to her for the nine months when she was absent.

    “All of us senior lawyers were shocked to see that man Bigirimana’s letter to a senior Judge like Kisakye. How can a mere Permanent Secretary to the judiciary humiliate a senior judge and you keep quite as a Chief Justice? He would have issued a strong statement condemning that man Bigirimana and even petitioning the president to take disciplinary action against him,” Mayanja insisted.

    However, Bigirimana recently said that he pulled out of Justice Kisakye’s scandal and referred the matter to Chief Justice Dollo because he is her supervisor not him.

    He added that as a senior lawyer, he cannot keep quiet when the judiciary is rotting.

    He cited a situation where Judges are imprisoning innocent Ugandans to show superiority.

    He gave an example of High Court Judge Musa Ssekaana who sentenced controversial city lawyer Hassan Male Mabirizi to 18 months in prison on fabricated contempt of Court charges.

    He wondered if a judicial officer can give justice when they are the complainant, the investigator, the witness and the judge.

    Mayanja revealed that judicial officials connive to punish those who annoy them, and this is exactly what they did to Mabirizi, denied him bail and dismissed all his Appeals.

    He noted that such impunity has been used by Masaka judicial officers against Bibanja holders which has resulted in frequent land evictions.

    He explained that such corrupt judicial officers are the ones who helped land grabbers like renowned herbalist David Senfuka who based on forged documents to threaten evicting bonafide bibanja owners.

    He revealed that residents of Budda Village, Kijonjo parish Kibinge Sub County in Bukomansombi district brought to him evidence which he verified and established that Senfuka forged documents to acquire over 2 square miles of land.

    “He is a wanted man; he has to go to police and record a statement over criminal charges. His friends were telling me that I am interfering with a Court matter and as a lawyer I advised them that there is a difference between a criminal matter and a civil matter,” Mayanja said.

    He added that the same Masaka Judicial officers are the ones helping Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi’s Buganda Land Board to grab and evict people’s bibanja in greater Masaka.

    He gave an example of the piece of Kibanja on which the State Minister for Health Anifah Kawooya was supposed to build a nursing school.

    He disclosed that the minister was stopped by BLB who accused her of trespassing on Kabaka Mutebi’s land.

    However, Siraje Lubwama, the press secretary to Senfuka revealed that minister Mayanja is spreading falsehoods.

    He added that they are preparing to institute criminal and civil charges against him accusing him of defamation.

    Lubwama maintained that Senfuka was shocked when Mayanja and his boss Judith Nabakooba and declared him a fraudster.

    Minister Mayanja recently told the Grapevine that President Museveni has received a detailed intelligence report profiling the corrupt judicial officials and how they receive bribes.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    IGG Kamya Drags Ssenyonyi’s COSASE To Court Over On Shs10.6bn Fraud, Wants Awards Of Shs6.5bn For Humiliation…

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    IGG Betty Kamya

    Controversial Inspector General of Government (IGG) Beti Namisango Kamya has petitioned the High Court Civil Division challenging the findings and recommendations made against her by the parliamentary Committee on Commissions, Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises (COSASE).

    In her suit through her lawyers of ASB Advocates, Kamya insists that the COSASE report which convicted her and senior Finance Minister Matia Kasaija of fraudulently mismanaging the Shs.10.6bn which was allocated to compensate landlords for their land which was sold to President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni’s government was aimed at humiliating and killing her personal reputation.

    She told Court that she never asked for a supplementary budget as COSASE claimed in their report which was adopted by parliament in August 2022.

    She added that she only requested the Finance ministry to give funds to the Uganda Land Commission which is responsible for managing government land including compensating landlords who sell land to government.

    She explained that before the Shs10.6bn was released and distributed, parliament established an ad-hoc committee which verified and assessed the beneficiaries and approved those who were paid.

    However, a number of witnesses who testified before COSASE committee chaired by Joel Ssenyonyi denied receiving the money.

    Government through the Attorney General Kiryowa Kiwanuka has not yet responded to IGG Kamya’s petition.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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