UGANDA, Wakiso | Real Muloodi News | At its Kyadondo County headquarters in Kasangati, Wakiso District, the Buganda Kingdom has given government offices a deadline of up to the end of December to regularise their tenancy or risk eviction off the Ssaza grounds.
Ms Lilian Kaddu, the Chief Executive Officer of Namulondo Investments, wrote to the Wakiso Resident District Commissioner, the National Identification and Registration Authority (NIRA), and the District Internal Security Officer (DISO) on 10th November this year. She urged them to regularise their tenancy, referencing the 2013 Memorandum of Understanding between the Kabaka and the government.
The injunction comes amid heightened conflicts between the Ssaza management and the Uganda People’s Defence Force soldiers, who, according to Buganda Kingdom authorities, have taken over the Ssaza’s security, sometimes limiting or barring kingdom subjects and others from visiting the county offices.
There are hundreds of army tents on the Ssaza grounds, with soldiers guarding three entrance gates.
According to Mr Steven Muyunga, who heads the education department at Ssaza grounds, the presence of the UPDF has hindered service delivery since people are terrified of visiting the vicinity.
According to Ms Kaddull, all attempts by Namulondo Investments and Buganda officials to stop this have proved futile.
“This is to request you to formalise your tenancy before 31st December to avoid unnecessary inconveniences,” she said.
Ms Agnes Kibirige, the county head, condemned the UPDF soldiers for misbehaviour and bad hygiene.
“If you asked me to visit the pit-latrines we previously had at the headquarters, I would ask you to wait until you return to your place. Sanitation and hygiene here are at high risk,” Ms Kibirige said.
Mr Yasin Ndidde, the Deputy Resident District Commissioner, recognised the issue and promised to improve the cleanliness.
He stated that the army’s presence on the Ssaza grounds is necessary and tactical and that the regulation of their tenancy is being addressed as top priority.
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