Members of the Busoga parliamentary caucus are demanding for the return of or compensation for kingdom property taken by the government in 1966 following the abolition of cultural institutions.
The nine MPs led by Stephen Kisa, the MP Luuka South MP and chairperson of the caucus, re-echoed the call in a press conference at parliament ahead of the 7th coronation of the Kyabazinga William Wilberforce Kadhumbula Gabula Nadiope IV on 13th this month.
According to Kisa, the government has so many properties that belong to Busoga and these should be given back to the kingdom.He says the previous leadership has been asking for the return of land, forests, district headquarters and properties currently occupied by government agencies among others.
"The government of Uganda has so many properties that belong to Busoga and obwa'kyabazinga of Busoga. I want to request the government of Uganda to give back to Busoga what belongs to Busoga and obwa'kyabazinga as a gift as we celebrate this anniversary. We know very well that these things have been there, and I know that the previous leadership has been saying the same...We have land, forests, we have places with councils, we have district headquarters. These places belong to kyabazinga of Busoga and I feel if they are given back to Busoga, we shall use them as a development strategy," said Kisa.
Manjeri Kyebakutika, the Jinja City MP says that it is very important that government considers the development of the region ahead of the coronation. She called on government to return what belongs to Busoga. She says that the government has returned other people's property but not Busoga’s.
"I also want to take this opportunity to call upon the government to bring back what belongs to Busoga. On several occasions, we have been seeing the government handing over whatever belongs to different regions. But when it comes to Busoga, it's like Busoga doesn't exist. When it comes to higher education, Busoga has been left behind. Even the one university called Busoga university, government has failed to make it a public university," said Manjeri.
Asuman Basalirwa, the Bugiri Municipality MP asked government to takes over Busoga University.