Kampala. Buganda Kingdom has arranged new project to develop the Mengo Palace’s 216 acre of land found just 2.5km outside Kampala’s Central Business District.
The endeavor revealed during the November 29 Buganda Investment Forum is the most recent among efforts that have previously ended in worthlessness.
For instance, in 2007, Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II appointed a 17-part group to take a gander at ways of re-developing the royal palace. The board of trustees was chaired Mpalaanyi Nkoyooyo the former Anglican Archbishop, however the board of trustees’ report, if compiled, was never made public.
There were additionally plans to build an airport at the palace however the plan was relinquished in its early stages.
The minister for finance, investment, planning and economic development Mr. Robert Waggwa Nsibirwa, in an interview with Kampala Sun News as of late, said there were “extensive construction that have lasted for some time” before the most recent decision was come to.
“What deferred the palace opening for development were the different ideas many people had. Presently, agreement has been developed and what remains is to locate the right paetners,” he said.
Taking after the consultations, Mr Nsibirwa said Kabaka Mutebi decided that the palace adheres to its original importance and that is the thing that informed the proposed development, which incorporate a new place building, an educational complex, a teaching hospital and trade and exhibition grounds.
Some kingdom followers have, however, censured Buganda’s premier Charles Peter Mayiga and his group for not consulting broadly before a decision was taken.
“I was frightened by the way that the Buganda Prime Minister (Kattikiro) wasn’t drawing out the arrangement for talk or discussion however as information on a decision already taken and just anticipating execution,” Mukono Municipality MP Betty Nambooze said in an open letter to the Buganda kingdom prime minister, Mr. Mayiga.
The senior presidential consultant on Buganda, Brig Kasirye Ggwanga has also been vocal while addressing how the project was landed at.
Additionally, the decision to develop the “Mengo Palace (Lubiri) into a world class palace displaying a modern Buganda Kingdom and the desires of its kin” has been criticised, with some proposing the new look does not reflect Buganda’s custom.