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Nine years down the street: Achievements of Owek. Peter Mayiga as Buganda Kingdom Katikkiro

On May 12, 2013, Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II appointed Mr Charles Peter Mayiga as Katikkiro of Buganda Kingdom and at present is strictly 9 years since his designation.

While on May 29, the identical yr, Kabaka Mutebi handed over the mace (Ddamula) that symbolizes the workplace of a Katikkiro to Owek. Mayiga at a memorable operate which was held exterior the primary entrance of the Mengo Palace.

Owek. Mayiga changed Owek John Baptist Walusimbi who had been Katikkiro from 2008 to 2013.

His appointment was extremely welcomed by the dominion’s topics greater than these of his predecessors since he was comparatively within the center age group which is almost all of the present-day Buganda inhabitants, subsequently many individuals noticed him as their very own whereas even the elders liked him resulting from his knowledge and former contributions in the direction of the dominion.

“They seemed happy with my appointment, which signalled to me that disappointing them would be disappointing the Kabaka. As I drove through the crowds of jubilating people, I thought about failure as a frightening prospect. I also saw it in their eyes that if I worked hard, these people would accompany me on this sometimes-lonely journey,” mentioned Owek Mayiga in one of many interviews after assuming workplace.

Owek Mayiga got here with many assignments to perform and happily, a lot of them have been accomplished whereas a couple of are nonetheless in pursuance.

Owek Mayiga got here with the theme of returning the glory of the Buganda Kingdom to the highest (Okuzza Buganda Kuntiko), the 5 pillars of Buganda (Ensonga semasongs ettano), included; defending the throne of the Buganda Kingdom, Federalism, defending land and the boundaries of the Buganda Kingdom, Unity and dealing arduous to eradicate poverty.

After assuming workplace, Owek Mayiga started with what he termed as ‘Etofali’ (accumulating cash to redevelop Buganda’s buildings similar to Kasubi Tombs which had been burnt down and different buildings).

He traversed across the nation accumulating cash from Buganda Kingdom topics and wellwisher. He additionally travelled exterior Uganda to nations like England, Canada, South Africa and America. The assortment of this cash based on Mayiga introduced again the misplaced unity in Buganda and love for his or her Kingdom which had been misplaced. It additionally made different people who find themselves not Baganda really feel at house whereas in Buganda.

The cash collected was used to renovate and end Bulange plaza which was later renamed Masengere (a Luganda phrase which means residue stones from the smelting of amatale stones for iron ore). That identical cash was used to start out the inspiration of establishing the Buganda Kingdom Television generally often known as BBS terefayina which is using over 100 folks.

He additionally introduced a coverage known as my contribution (Luwaalo lwange) by which members of Buganda Kingdom move to contribute cash in the direction of the event of their Kingdom.

In his management, Owek Mayiga was tasked to renovate and end up the Kasubi tombs and up to now it’s anticipated to be completed this yr. He has additionally ensured that the leaders of Buganda County chiefs (Abaami bamasaaza) obtain model new vehicles to ease their transport whereas executing the dominion’s obligation. He has additionally constructed the Kabaka Mulondo constructing on the Royal Institute of Business and Technical schooling at Kakeeka Mengo.

He has additionally ensured that the Buganda kingdom will get into partnership with corporations like Habitat for Humanity to assist Kabaka’s topics purchase respectable homes and up to now over 20 folks have acquired these homes.

On lifting the king’s topics from poverty, Owek Mayiga launched a marketing campaign dubbed Emmwanyi Terimba (develop espresso) which has unfold in over 17 political divisions of the dominion. And by this marketing campaign, he has inspired folks in Buganda to not sale off their land however quite to develop espresso which is able to maintain them and their youngsters sooner or later.

“The majority of the people in Buganda, as elsewhere across the country, are young people. They must be inspired to get themselves out of poverty. Nothing is bad like being poor in Buganda because you will be used by the rich to disorganize the kingdom, therefore we must fight poverty because it’s very dangerous to the kingdom. We have been doing this with Emmwanyi Terimba (grow coffee) campaign,” he mentioned in considered one of his rising espresso campaigns.

In the final 9 years, by negotiations with the central authorities, Buganda managed to obtain some land titles and properties on the Ssaza (county) degree which had been taken by the central authorities throughout former President Milton Obote’s regime.

Also in his nine-year management, he has introduced again the connection and consciousness of the dominion’s actions to the folks. He has additionally been a lot centered on defending land grabbing in Buganda and on this marketing campaign he has all the time outlined the main hindrance to stopping land issues in Uganda and considered one of them is corruption within the land places of work.

Katikkiro Charles Peter Mayiga is the fifth Katikkiro for the reason that present King Mutebi begun main the Buganda Kingdom, the primary was Joas Mayanja Nkangi, Joseph Mulwanyamuli Sssemwogerere, Dan Mulika and Eng John Baptist Walusimbi.

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