Buganda Kingdom is not happy with the new central government move of wanting to get rid of the mailo land system with President Museveni a big role player in the matter.
According to Buganda’s Katikiro Charles Peter Mayiga, the move has a hidden agenda of targeting the fruitful lands of Buganda. Katikiro says Buganda as a kingdom cannot support a move that is aimed touching the most historical part of the kingdom which is the land.
” The people pushing for the abolition of the mailo land system are not giving clear reasons as to why it should be done away with. Us as a kingdom, we may not be wrong to think that this is targeting us. This has happened previously during Dr Milton Obote’s reign and therefore we are seeing the same script being brought foward once again.” Katikiro said
Katikiro adds that Buganda Kingdom owns the biggest portion of Mailo land in Uganda but has never heard of the Kingdom’s land board evicting any ternant.
Katikiro thus says that the Mailo land system has not affected people as the central government is trying to portray adding that it is actually one of the best land systems.
President Museveni recently passed a directive that stopped land lords from evicting ternants (bibanja holders) no matter the circumstance.
The Mailo Land Tenure System is where land is registered and owned in eternity or perpetuity with its holder having a land title for it. Mailo exists in western and central Uganda, with an estimated 9 per cent of the land mass being owned in this way. The Kabaka Mailo was land given to the king which is now owned by the Buganda Land Board.
Essentially feudal in character, the mailo tenure system recognizes occupancy by tenants (locally known as Kibanja holders), whose relationship with their overlords or land lords is governed and guided by the provisions of the Land Act. Mailo land, like freehold is registered under the Registration of Titles Act. All transactions must therefore be entered in a register guaranteed by the state. Under this tenure, the holder of a mailo land title has absolute ownership of that land.