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Minister Kibuule’s ‘ignorance’ on Buganda matters irks land probe team

By Betty Amamukirori

Added 17th January 2018 06:38 PM

It took three commissioners, including the commission’s chairperson, Justice Catherine Bamugemereire, to bring the 33-year-old legislator for Mukono North to accept that Namasole is a title given to a mother of a reigning king in Buganda.

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It took three commissioners, including the commission’s chairperson, Justice Catherine Bamugemereire, to bring the 33-year-old legislator for Mukono North to accept that Namasole is a title given to a mother of a reigning king in Buganda.

PIC: Hon. Ronald Kibuule while appearing as a witness in the case of land wrangle in Kigaya-Golomola Buikwe district.Left is his lawyer Ambrose Tebyasa.

INVESTIGATION | LAND PROBE

KAMPALA - All was going well at the commission of inquiry into land matters on Wednesday until when state minister for water, Ronald Kibuule, repeatedly denied that the Namasole is a name and not a title in Buganda.

It took three commissioners, including the commission’s chairperson, Justice Catherine Bamugemereire, to bring the 33-year-old legislator for Mukono North to accept that Namasole is a title given to a mother of a reigning king in Buganda.

“I am surprised that you are an MP of a constituency in Buganda region and have not made any effort to understand who a Namasole is and how the system of Buganda works.”

Here you are showing your arrogance by suggesting that Namasole is not a title. Please do not bring politics in Buganda matters,” Robert Sebuunya, one of the commissioners warned.

Kibuule’s further revelation that he does not know the Namasole lineage or how many kings Buganda has ever had and what the Buganda culture entails, made the situation worse, with commissioner George Bagonza urging him to be humble and take time to learn the culture of the people he represents.

“Be humble in your life. There is life after what we are today. Ministers come and go and you are not an exception, but we have to prepare a fallback position,” Bagonza said.

Nassali Ssanyu, the widow of Musa Kateregga, sobs during the land probe in which Ronald Kibuule appeared as a witness


Realising his mistake, the minister quickly apologised to the probe team, noting that Sebuunya was his mentor as a child.

His appearance before the commission of inquiry into land matters was in regard to the purchase of 85 acres of land in Golomola village, Buikwe district. It is alleged that the land belongs to Buganda kingdom and is part of the land that was allocated to Namasole and cannot be sold out.

Kibuule is faulted for failing to expand his due diligence to the Buganda Land Board before buying the land from a private individual, Musa Kateregga, who claimed to have been a caretaker of some of the land adjacent to Lake Victoria.

In his defence, the flamboyant minister, said that he bought the land without any encumbrances except for Bibanja holders whom he signed an agreement with to buy off their Bibanja rights at an agreed price.

He explained that he did not consult the Buganda Land Board because he was dealing with a private owner of land; Evelyn Namasole.

He also denied claims that he forcefully evicted people with the help of security operatives and ordered for the torture of Dickson Wasswa, who later succumb to injuries he sustained.

Kibuule branded the allegations of torture as malicious and asked God to intervene.

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