PRINCE NAKIBINGE ROARS: LEAVE MAILO LAND ALONE BECAUSE WE ALL KNOW WHO THE LAND GRABBERS ARE
Prince Kassim Nakibinge Kakungulu has hit out at government officials fronting the idea of abolishing the Mailo land tenure system, calling them diversionary and working towards protecting the real or actual land grabbers who he says are well known.
Speaking at his Kibuli home during prayers to celebrate this year’s Eid el Aduha, a tough-talking Nakibinge said Uganda’s land question cannot be solved by merely changing tenure systems but rather by taming the greedy individuals who forcefully evict people using their might, financial and political connections.
He further note that land evictions are not unique to Mailo land but on all tenures, a thing that invalidates the suggestion that Mailo land, which is predominantly found in Buganda, is the problem.
He called out people claiming that most landlords in Buganda were just given land [during the 1900 agreement] and should therefore not bother their tenants/squatters. Nakibinge comes from the Kakungulu family which received huge chunks of land during the 1900 Buganda agreement.
“Even if someone did not buy the land, it doesn’t take away the fact that they own that land legally. At least they did not steal it from anyone,” said Nakibinge in reference to landlords in Buganda, especially chiefs and members of the royal family who received land under the 1900 Buganda agreement. He called for dialogue on how to solve Uganda’s land question.
“We have peacefully lived with squatters for ages. We have always had a very good landlord-tenant relationship in Buganda. Why change than now?” he said.
“I think the problem emanates from some people who fence off huge chunks of land and start evicting people. But this cuts across land tenures, it is not on Mailo land alone. It is a question of people’s character, not about land tenures.” Nakibinge concluded with an example of the land over Kibuli hill which is owned by the Muslim community but has since been harmoniously occupied by large groups of people subscribing to a multiplicity of diversity. “Kibuli is a big hill predominantly occupied by people who spend days drinking local brew [something considered haram in the Islamic faith] but we have lived harmoniously with them and we have never evicted anyone,” he said. “It was only recently that we started a Shs40bn project that we asked them to relocate but still we had to approach them and agree to compensate them to make way for the project. That is how things should be done.”(For comments on this story, call, text or whatsapp us on 0705579994, 0779411734, 0200900416 or email us at email@example.com).