By Ali Mambule
Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi has expressed dismay over the local government ministry refusal to return Buganda county headquarters to his chiefs.
He said although there were a number of documents indicating that the county property, which originally belonged to Buganda, was returned to Mengo, nothing had been implemented.
The Kabaka made the remarks while presiding over the Buganda Youth Day celebrations at Masaka Liberation Square. He was on a two-day tour of Buddu County.
“We have the documents regarding the return of our property, but we have never received anything,” he said.
“If we got the property, the county chiefs would have a place to run their activities and the kingdom would be much better as regards to development,” the Kabaka said.
The property was seized by the Central Government during Dr. Milton Obote’s reign as President Uganda.
Mutebi urged the youth to strive to regain economic strength so as to save Buganda from poverty.
“I know that you are still facing a great challenge of unemployment but don’t lose hope. We have to fight on until we get out of this problem,” he said.
Mutebi advised the youth not to undermine jobs and at the same time to develop the urge to create their own jobs.
He urged the youths and the people of Buganda in general to actively participate in agriculture.
He also told them to prioritise education, adding that his Kingdom was still in dire need for educated people.
He commended the proprietors of Masaka Town College, which was started by the youth.
The Kabaka was happy with the Kalisizo-based Rakai Health Sciences programme, Kalisizo Hospital, Kiwangala Health Centre and the coffee nursery put up by the youth in Masaka town.
Mutebi thanked Centenary Bank for the sh3m donation he received from the bank’s manager, Joseph Nsubuga Mubiru.
He was over joyed by the warm reception from the people of Masaka.
“I have been touring Buganda Kingdom but the reception I received from Buddu was quite impressive,” Mutebi told the the people who turned up for the function.
He urged the people to avoid wrangles, saying, they deter development.