President Museveni speaking to Buganda's clan heads at State House Entebbe.

Buganda Clan Leaders Meet President Museveni at State House Again-Donates sh200m to Their SACCO

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One of the Bataka addressing the President.

President Yoweri Museveni Kaguta has again met with Buganda clan leaders at State House Entebbe.

The meeting comes despite the objections from the Katikkiro Charles Peter Mayiga after the first meeting last year.

In a press statement from the State House Press Unit, Museveni met with the clan leaders over the weekend.

The statement says the delegation was led by the Minister of State for ICT, Joyce Nabbosa Ssebugwawo. According to the statement, Museveni encouraged the clan leaders to preach the National Resistance Movement (NRM) wealth creation message to their followers.

Minister of State for ICT, Joyce Nabbosa Ssebugwawo handing over Bataka’s gift to President Museveni.

“This was a follow-up meeting, following an interaction between the two parties last year. In the first meeting, the clan leaders requested the President to purchase for them land, a request he [Museveni] responded to in the affirmative. In today’s meeting, the leaders expressed their need to construct two buildings on the 2.2-acre piece of land that was gifted to them by the President. They said the buildings will house cultural resource centers such as a museum and a theatre,” the statement reads in part.

It adds that Museveni agreed to set up the buildings for them using the Uganda People’s Defence Forces Engineering Brigade. The President also pledged to support the Bataka Sacco with sh200m. The meetings between Museveni and some Bataka have in the past received sharp condemnation from a section of people in Buganda including the Katikkiro.

They argue that by meeting the Bataka without the knowledge of Kabaka who is the Ssaabataka it is an affront to the kingdom. Mayiga has previously said any such meetings between the President and Bataka must be structured with a known agenda in order to avoid any misunderstandings between the Central government and Mengo.

*Source – URN*

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