22 February 2019

Uganda: Muteesa Never Sold Mutungo Land - Wasajja

Kampala — Prince David Wasajja, Sir Edward Muteesa II's youngest son, yesterday returned to the Commission of Inquiry into Land Matters and affirmed that his father never sold his 640-acre piece of land in Mutungo, a city suburb.

Prince Wasajja said there was no way his father could have sold the contested land when he was being monitored by both the Uganda and the British government.

"The Kabaka was under duress by both the UK government and Uganda government to denounce his kingship. He had resisted both governments and they wanted to break him," he said, adding that the British government at one time suggested that the Kabaka's properties be sold off to break him down.

Early this year, Prince Wasajja dragged Dr Muhammad Kasasa to the land probe, accusing him of unduly acquiring the late Kabaka's personal estate.

The prince asked the Commission to block the Shs8b that Dr Kasasa was due to receive as interest on late payment of Shs2.4b after he sold the land to the External Security Organisation (ESO).

Prince Wasajja produced evidence he obtained from the British Archives in UK, showing the Kabaka's finances. Among them was Dr Obote's summons to then manager of Barclays Bank to explain himself about the Kabaka's finances.

Meanwhile, the family of the late George William Serwadda of Mutungo Zone IV also laid their claim to the disputed land located on Block 410, Plot 29, 48, 59 and 67.

Mr Swithin Mutaasa Serwadda yesterday told the Commission that his family moved to Mutungo hill in 1964 and occupied the land on Block 410 Plot 29 where they had a title.

Mr Serwadda presented ground rent receipts the family obtained from the Kabaka after he was allocated plots 48 and 67 on which he had a lease.

"When we heard that Dr Kasasa had sold the land to government, we wrote to the Uganda Land Commission and we notified them about our interest on the land but we got no response," he said.

Mr Serwadda said they were surprised when State House sent one Mutebi Wampona to survey their land.

He said government ignored all the caveats placed on the land when buying it from Dr Kasasa.

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