Traditional kingdom of Buganda defies new land law

By Incorrect Author 30 November 2009

Uganda’s kingdom of Buganda has rejected a new law passed in the country’s parliament that strips the king of absolute jurisdiction over land within his fiefdom. Buganda “Prime Minister” John Baptist Walusimbi says the kingdom will continue to campaign against the law, which gives tenants rights to approach courts to resist eviction by landlords. Buganda is the largest of Uganda's four ancient kingdoms, and has long campaigned to restore some of its king's traditional powers.  Recently, supporters of King Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II rioted in Kampala after police blocked the king from making a controversial visit. The kingdom doesn’t get on with the government of Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, which passed the Bill by a majority vote of 112-55. Read more: BBC, CNN

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