LUWERO-UGANDA/NEWSDAY: The bible tells us in the book of Chronicles how King David was desirous of building Gods temple but through Prophet Nathan, God refused.
This did not mean God didn’t like King David but briefly he said to him, “you have served me well and am happy, but your hands are full of blood for the battles you have fought for my people and your Son Solomon will do the work of building my house. I took you from being a shepherd tending to sheep to be among the mighty of the world”. For this, David became happy because God had accepted his son Solomon also to be the King.
In June 2015 Buganda Katikkiro Charles Peter Mayiga received 80 Land titles from the invincible President Yoweri Museven at State House Entebbe. A promise was made that day that more titles would be handed over and Bunyoro Kingdom titles were being processed.
As a villager I thought the decision following the meeting with the Kabaka of Buganda had been reached and the issues settled. There was celebration in Buganda for the achievements and NRM government seemed ready to cement the relationship which had alwys been rocky especially regarding land.
After the occasion Buganda started acting like any other land owner and issuing leases to interested persons and also planning to utilise their land profitably. All this happened while government was watching in total agreement as Buganda carried out its operations.
Museveni has been at the helm of this country since I was 15 years old and in September this year, I will be celebrating my 51st birthday.
By President Museveni coming back for a new decision to revisit the position he had reached with Buganda in 2015 is not only ‘res judicata’ but the legal principle of estoppel bars him from retrieving his decision.
Many of us had because of that handover decided to get titles from the Buganda Land Board (BLB) and many including the President himself are in possession of Mailo land titles.
President Museveni’s government is no longer a honest broker since they have earlier issued prejudicial statements and and the appointment of an anti Buganda, anti Mailo Land Minister symbolises a sinister motive of the President.
The President should also be aware that somethings should be left for a future generation to sort out. We’re happy about his achievements of about 40 years but there are things he will never accomplish even if the constitution is ammended thousands of times or even given another century at the helm of this country.
For instance, he will never be able to stamp out corruption or improve the standards of living of Ugandans. Nepotism and tribalism in government services will always be a characteristic of his government, under his watch.
Solving the Buganda land question with retribution and vengeance will not only result in anarchy but also needs another independent, and focused generation to handle.
As the President of this country for all these years you’re the supreme Judge, arbiter, protector and overseer of all the people of Uganda and their interests.
You should come to the table of justice with a free and fair mind and a keen ear to listen to all. I beg without these, recuse yourself from the Buganda land question.
Ndawula Ronald is the former chairman of Luweero District
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