Charles Peter Mayiga has chosen at least two missions by which he wants his term as Buganda katikkiro to be judged - the recapture of kingdom assets from the central government, and the reconstruction of the Kasubi royal tombs.
Both missions could be key to the often factitious relationship between Buganda and Uganda; President Museveni's government has faced accusations of having given the kingdom nothing more than 'white ant wings', and obstructing its progress.
And Mayiga's latter mission appeared to be gaining new momentum last week, as the katikkiro launched construction a security wall around the ruined royal tombs, a world cultural heritage site.
Muzibu Azaala Mpanga, the main structure housing the tombs of four of Buganda's former kings, was destroyed by a mysterious fire in March 2010, sparking off protests among Baganda. A fundraising drive was subsequently launched to rebuild the tombs, with the central government committing Shs 2bn.
Since then, restoration of Kasubi tombs has become a rallying point for Buganda kingdom, a cultural institution whose prosperity, even survival, could depend on its popularity among the Baganda.
Two months ago, Katikkiro Mayiga launched a fresh drive to raise Shs 3bn to build a perimeter wall around the treasure now being rebuilt. Mayiga wants the reconstruction works to be completed by March 16, 2014.
Over the last month, the drive, codenamed, "Kasubi Gwanga mujje", has raised at least Shs 738m.
On Friday, the road from the city centre to Kasubi was awash with display of love for the kingdom. Delegations of traders and other people used boda bodas and trucks, or marched to the construction site, singing, dancing, sweating in support of Mayiga's campaign.
Many carried symbolic bricks, but significantly, they donated money and building materials - hoes, shovels, cement, etc. To show his gratitude, Mayiga swore that not a brick or ounce of cement would be lost - important at a time when graft and greed seem to reign.
"Let those who plan to pilfer the Kabaka's money for Kasubi be warned that they will face the full wrath of Buganda," Mayiga said amid wild cheers.
According to Charles Sserugga Matovu, a member of the tombs reconstruction committee, the kingdom has secured all the money required to restore Muzibu Azaala Mpanga, the main structure.
"Its construction is moving on as planned, and the new drive we are spearheading has nothing to do with its restoration," Sserugga said.
Works on the main house were contracted to Omega construction company. However, in accordance with tradition, the contractor will subcontract the roofing to the Engo (Leopard) and Engeye (white monkey) clans, culturally charged with thatching and decorating royal palaces and tombs.
The perimeter wall had been budgeted at Shs 3bn, but according to Sserugga, less just might suffice.
"We are looking at the possibility of having the works covered with a budget of less than Shs 2bn and use the remainder for the completion of Bulange plaza," he said.
A month after he started touring the kingdom alongside the reconstruction committee on a fundraising mission, Katikkiro Mayiga is impressed with the progress made so far. For four days last week, Mayiga camped at Kasubi to personally receive donations. Shs 338.4m was collected during that period.
Impressed by the enthusiasm, Mayiga has extended the mandate of the Gwanga Mujje committee to cover other stalled kingdom projects such as the Bulange plaza at Mengo. Mayiga is scheduled to visit Parliament on November 19 for the same cause. The visit follows earlier disagreements among Buganda MPs over the fundraising campaign, which some of them feel has dragged on for too long.
At Parliament, preparatory meetings for the katikkiro's visit have been chaired by Speaker Rebecca Kadaga, according to our source. Mayiga will be hosted to a luncheon, before attending the plenary session of Parliament during which a special motion will be moved.
"We have not agreed on the type of motion ... but there are suggestions that we move a motion recognising the efforts taken by the kingdom and other traditional institutions in the development of the country," said Latif Ssebaggala (Kawempe North), one of the organisers.
However, there are fears the development could cause unease among some members of the executive, who might view it as an attempt by Mengo to extend its influence in the legislature.
"We want Parliament to resolve that a committee be set up to oversee the implementation of the recently-signed memorandum of understanding between the central government and the kingdom," said an MP who declined to be named.
From Parliament, the katikkiro is to be hosted by Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago, at the Mayor's gardens for another round of fundraising, targeting the corporate class.
Some of the donors:
Guster Lule (Ntake Bakery) - Shs 5m
Sylvia Namutebi (head of traditional healers - Mama Fiina) - Shs 4m
Anifa Bangirana Kawooya (Sembabule Woman MP) - Shs 3m.
Shauri yako market vendors - 462 bags of cement.
Kikuubo traders - Shs 19m.
Kisekka market vendors - Shs 5.9m and 50 bags of cement. Nakasero hardware community - Shs 8m.
Cheap Hardware - 100 bags of cement.
Platinum vision group - Shs 5.6m.
Nakasero traders - Shs 5.3m.
Kampala central, led by MP Muhammad Nsereko - Shs 9m
Sure Deal Properties - 50 bags of cement, wheelbarrows and spades.
Additional reporting by Bernard Bakalu