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Busoga officials deny grabbing property

Busoga kingdom spokesperson Andrew Ntange has dismissed allegations that the interim committee managing the kingdom affairs has started grabbing some of the kingdom property especially buildings as malicious and misleading.

Ntange says the committee’s first task upon its appointment by the Kyabazinga in September last year was to take a clear record of all kingdom properties and devise means of repossessing whatever had been grabbed or taken.

“We are on track and have already compiled a comprehensive audit report that will be presented to His Royal Highness William Nadiope Gabula IV upon his return from UK where he is pursuing further studies. It will expose all the crooks and their dirty linen” he said.

In an exclusive interview, > the kingdom mouthpiece says the obligation of the interim committee led by the Executive Director of the National Planning Authority Dr Joseph Muvawala is to ensure that everything is intact and therefore no one can turn around to grab or takeover what they are meant to manage.

“We were actually able to identify many properties that had been personalized by some kingdom officials during the six years of lack of a substantive Kyabazinga. All these have now been categorized as no go property until the kingdom takes another stance.” he noted.

He instead urges all people owning kingdom property to obey the kingdom when property and land boards are established and report whatever they manage or use.

Ntange’s reaction came in response to controversial comments made by chief prince Juma Munulo recently. Munulo told a press briefing that the conduct of the interim committee was wanting as they had kingdom property they had allegedly taken over and placed under police surveillance to purposely grab them.

“They now sit in Kampala and send some people to find out which building is in which place and  who should take it, I cannot sit and watch their irregularities yet their three month mandate ended long ago,” Munulo said.

However Ntange clarified that the presence of police at some of the kingdom properties is aimed at ensuring safety from grabbers adding that: “Those are royal guards from the Uganda police and not private guards, it’s their mandate to keep public property intact.”

He also rubbishes as baseless rumours that the committee does not sit to discuss kingdom matters saying they do not have to announce their meetings to non-members.

“We do not have a gazetted place where we must convene our meetings like it’s the case for Busoga Lukiko and we only meet to address issues not for formality after-all we do not have a time frame within which to conduct our meetings,” he said.

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