Tooro Kingdom Recovers Assets Amid Fire

pills sans-serif; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>On Good Friday, the Minister of Local Government, Adolf Mwesige, mediated between Tooro Kingdom and Kabarole district Local Government in a move to end the deepening conflicts between the two institutions.

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The closed door meeting was held at the King’s palace Harukoto Hill, chaired by King Oyo and attended by officials from the conflicting parties, Members of Parliament and top the religious leaders.

The King had approached Minister Mwesige seeking his intervention in the conflict over revenue collection from GTZ buildings seating at the Kingdom land in Mucwa.

During the meeting, it was observed that Kabarole is a tenant on the Kingdom land and it possess the tenant agreement.

According to a reliable source who attended the meeting, DANIDA and GTZ made a contract with the government to use Mucwa Kingdom land before the restoration of cultural institutions and when they were leaving, the buildings were taken over by Kabarole local government.

With guidance from the land act, Minister Mwesige noted that it’s true the land belongs to the Kingdom and it owns the assets.

It was, therefore, resolved that Tooro Kingdom takes the assets and Kabarole ceases claiming the 50% revenue from the two buildings.

The Minister asked the district Chairman, Richard Rwabuhinga, to report the outcome of the meeting to the council.

The two institutions have been embroiled in a conflict over funds from buildings housing Makerere University Fort Portal Campus located at the Kingdom headquarters, Mucwa.

In October last year, Makerere University Fort Portal campus relocated to the Kingdom administrative seat at Mucwa and occupied the education and health buildings that were formerly used by the Kabarole district administration.

In February, Makerere University paid Shs 27m to Tooro Kingdom for renting the two buildings for a year but 50% was not remitted onto the district account as agreed earlier.


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