Regional Tier for the Kingdom of Buganda was refused many years ago.


 With such an arrangement there is no need to have a Lukiiko , or use the name Katikkiro or refer to Kabaka.


M/s Mpanga of Buganda Kingdom


They can call him Governor or District Head and seat him anywhere but not in Bulange.


We may be back to the same old arguments.


On 15 Feb 2017


By Haji Ahmed,

  1. Central gov't will cede specified powers and rights to the Buganda Kingdom.
  2. The citizens of Buganda Kingdom (who are these?) will elect a Lukiko (parliament) which will make laws to govern Buganda Kingdom.
  3. The Lukiiko will appoint the Katikioro (Prime Minister or President) who will head a government or administration. .

4.The Katikioro  is accountable to the Lukiiko, and the Lukiiko is accountable to Uganda Parliament.


So where does this leave the Kabaka? What are his constitutional roles: are they spelt out in the Constitution you keep going on and on about?



Buganda Government should be restored first with a Katikkiro with

executive powers and Lukiiko with legislative powers, which shall form

a Buganda Land Board, in accordance with the constituion, which will

manage Lubiri on behalf of the Kabaka, who, according to 1955

constitution holds official mailo and public land in Buganda, in

people;s trust.


 Mayiga is already a walking "former " Katikkiro.  A lot has happened!


 "In tribute to the United Kingdom and the Republic of Uganda, two bastions

 of strength in a world filled with strife, discrimination and terrorism."


*Buganda Lukiiko*,

 Katikkiro Mayiga seemed confident that members would rubberstamp his


 to lease the 132 year old national and cultural palace of the Kabaka of

 Buganda (*Mengo Lubiri*) to foreigners. He spent over an hour of reverse

 psychology, giving examples of how “naturally short-sighted Baganda” fail

 to appreciate any Katikkiro who introduces modernity to Buganda.  At the end, Mr. Mayiga confidently declared that, ultimately, nothing will stop

 his plans. However, his confidence seemed to evaporate when one Mrs.


 Mpanga got the microphone.

 In his marathon speech, Mr. Mayiga made a few highly contradictory

 statements that may have disturbed Mrs. Joyce Mpanga.  For example, as

 usual, Mayiga claimed that Kabaka Mutebi made the decision to lease Mengo

 Lubiri but, sensing negative reception, he later changed to, “The


 to re-develop Lubiri was made by the *Bataka Supreme Council* at the time

 government returned it.” Also, he aggressively defended construction of a

 hospital and conference facilities in Lubiri but later insisted that

 everything presented by Mengo so far were just concepts, not real plans.


 blamed the press for saying that the project photos that Mengo


 in Serena Hotel or on its Facebook page were real plans. He explained,

 “Those picture were just images downloaded from the Internet; one was, I

 think, the American white house.”

After Mayiga finished his long speech, one of the most intelligent,

 well-educated and knowledgeable Baganda alive, Mrs. Joyce Mpanga, threw

 down a “roadblock” against his scheme. When she got a chance to respond


 Mr. Mayiga’s speech, Mpanga systematically, and with some humor,


 why the Katikkiro’s  plans for Mengo Lubiri were poorly reasoned, not


 informed by Buganda history or culture and are dangerous, even to Kabaka

 Mutebi’s reign.

 In his speech, Mr. Mayiga had spoken in the style of a non-Muganda when


 said, “I can never understand Baganda” and claimed that Baganda are

 short-sighted because they opposed former Katikkiros Kawalya Kaggwa “for> bringing electricity” and “killed Martin Nsibirwa for donating Buganda> land> for the now glorious Makerere University”.  He even claimed that the same

 short-sighted Baganda complained when Ssekabaka Muteesa II brought horses

 to Mengo Lubiri, since they were used to cows.

 Mrs. Mpanga, mother of Buganda Attorney General David Mpanga and Kabaka’s

 Private Secretary Peter Mpanga went straight to the point after thanking

 the Lukiiko speaker. She opened with, “People tell me, sometimes in

 whispers, and others keep phoning me, some anonymously, saying that I


 stop my lawyer sons from selling Kabaka’s palace. They tell me that the

 Katikkiro is my son, the second Katikkiro my son and the other lawyers


 also my sons.

 “It appears that some of these people think that I have easy access to

 Kabaka, which [these days] is impossible. One even warned that [Baganda]

 may replace Kabaka Mutebi, as they have done to other Kabakas in the> past.


By Wilson Manishimwe


12 June, 2018 


Sylvia Nagginda says the Buganda cultural values forbid hunting of some particular animals and cutting down some tree species.

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 PIC: Nnabagereka plants a tree at Mestil Hotel in Nsambya. (Credit: Wilson Manishimwe)



KAMPALA- The Nnabagereka of Buganda Sylvia Nagginda has called for more women to participate in environmental conservation, saying this will avert the occurrence of climate change effects such as flooding, drought among others.

“Today should be a time of reflection about the type of legacy we are going to leave for the next generation in terms of natural environment. As parents and guardians, we habour hopes and dreams of what we would like our children to achieve, but we must ask ourselves what it takes to make a good world to live in,” she said.

She added: “We strive to nurture our children under our care with the best environment that will allow them to be their best and this includes leaving them with a planet that is worth living on.”

During the women in conservation breakfast meeting and symposium at Mestil Hotel in Nsambya, Nagginda said many people draw a natural link between women and environmental conservation because of the different activities they are involved in such as tiling the land.


PIC: Maria Kiwanuka, Dr. Jane Goodall,Nnabagereka Sylvia Nagginda and Princess Joan Nasolo at the breakfast meeting. (Credit: Wilson Manishimwe) 

Uganda’s natural environment has been deteriorating for years and many people have attributed the issue to increased human encroachment on them. For instance, the forest cover in the country has reduced to about 8% from over 24% in the 1990s. 

Recently, the Government launched the programme aimed at restoring at least 16% of the forest cover that has been lost with in the last two decades.

Nagginda said traditional societies have also a role to play in conserving the natural environment, citing an example of Buganda, where she said the founder- Kintu, assigned different clans certain roles to ensure a peaceful co-existence between humans, animals and forests.

She said the Buganda cultural values forbid hunting of some particular animals and cutting down some tree species. 

She highlighted some projects in Buganda Kingdom such as “Obuntu bulamu” and the Nnabagereka Foundation that promotes conservation.

 Nnabagereka receiving flowers from a child upon arrival

Meanwhile, during the same event, several high-profile women personalities who have contributed to society development were honored. They included the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) executive director Allen Kagina, Barbara Kaija, the Vision Group editor-in-chief, Yogi Birigwa, the chief executive officer South African Airways and Beatrice Anywar, the MP Kitgum Municipality MP among others.

Dr. Jane Goodall, the UN Ambassador of peace, philanthropist and conservationist, said it is everyone’s concern to take charge of environmental conservation irrespective of their age or sex.

Goodal, who is also the founder of Jane Goodall Institute based in Virginia; United States, revealed that she was lured into conservation because of forest deterioration and decreasing numbers of chimpanzees. 

“I thought that I could come up and do something to conserve them so that the future is not compromised,” she said.






South Africa's first online rhino horn auction sparks anger



Added 23rd August 2017



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 The rhino in the African bush looks out in anger and fear of humans

South Africa's first online auction of rhino horn opened Wednesday, despite conservation groups protesting that the legal, domestic sale would encourage poachers.

The three-day selloff, organised by the owner of the world's largest rhino farm, kicked off after a last-minute legal tussle pushed it back two days.

"It has started," a representative of Pretoria-based Van's Auctioneers who declined to be named, told AFP after the auction website went live.

John Hume, who owns 1,500 rhinos on his farm north of Johannesburg, has stockpiled six tonnes of rhino horns and wants to sell 264 pieces weighing a total of 500 kilogrammes (1,100 pounds).

He harvests the horns by tranquilising the animals and cutting them off -- a technique he says is humane and wards off poachers.

Activists opposed to the sale fear it will fuel trafficking and undermine a 40-year global ban on the rhino trade.

"There is a strong likelihood that rhino horns sold domestically could be laundered into the black market and smuggled out of the country," TRAFFIC's wildlife trade specialist, Julian Rademeyer, told AFP.

He also said government agencies "simply don't have the capacity to regulate domestic trade" while police resources tracking poaching and smuggling networks are already over-stretched.

"It's hard to understand why anyone would buy rhino horn within South Africa when there are limited numbers of local consumers and it's still illegal to export rhino horn," said Jo Shaw of the WWF.

There was no comment from government following the opening of the auction, which comes after a South Africa's top court lifted an eight-year moratorium on the domestic trade of rhino horns in April.

A legal challenge delayed the auction for two days, but Hume was given a permit for the sale on Monday.

The auctioneers did not set an opening price for bids, but potential bidders need to pay 100,000 ($7,570) just to register and only registered bidders have access to the bidding process.

Environment Minister Edna Molewa had on Monday said the government was closing "any possible loopholes that could pave the way for a circumvention of (international) regulations".

An audit of existing rhino horn stockpiles was underway to "prevent the smuggling of illegally-obtained horns out of the country", she said.

No 'blood horns'

Private rhino owners say so-called "blood horns" from poaching will not enter the market, as each horn is micro-chipped and their origins can be DNA-traced.

Breeders believe open trade is the only way to stop poachers from slaughtering the endangered animals.

They argue that the auction helps to promote "sustainable" use of resources and raise funds for protecting and conserving the rhino.

South Africa is home to around 20,000 rhinos, about 80 percent of the worldwide population, but in recent years the country has suffered record slaughter by poachers.

More than 7,100 rhinos have been killed by poachers in Africa over the past decade.

Rhino horns are highly prized in Asia, where they are estimated to fetch up to $60,000 (50,000 euros) per kilo ($27,250. 22,700 euros a pound) on the black market, exceeding the price of gold or cocaine.

The horns consist mainly of keratin, the same component as in human nails, and are sold in powdered form as a supposed cure for cancer and other diseases -- as well as a purported aphrodisiac -- in Vietnam and China.

Commodity speculators would be able to buy "but may not export the horns," Pelham Jones, chairman of the Private Rhino Owners Association, told AFP.

Any registered buyer will not collect the horns until they obtain special government permits, none of which have yet been issued.

In Uganda, Giraffe translocation is  going on along the River Nile banks:

By Titus Kakembo

Added 20th August 2017


These animals are presently enlisted as  endangered species.


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 The giraffes in transit on a lorry for their first time. (Credit: Titus Kakembo)

In 2010, the estimated number of the Rothschild’s giraffe was less than 670 individuals left in the wild. And Murchison Falls National Park had 250 of them.

The animal was enlisted as an endangered species, prompting Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) to partner with Giraffe Conservation Foundation (GCF) to react.

“Good enough the numbers have shot up to 1,200 giraffes in Murchison Falls National Park,” said UWA director of planning Edgar Buhanga.

“The on-going translocation of more of more than 20 of them from the northern bank to the southern bank is part of the effort undertaken to boost their multiplication and reduce the isolation.”


The slow and challenging translocation is in progress and two of them are destined to Uganda Wildlife Education Center (UWEC) in Entebbe. There is an army of rangers, veterinary staff, university students and GCF in the capture and transporting. 

Two people have sustained minor joint dislocation.

The transportation is both on road and on water. 

In Uganda giraffes are found in Lake Mburo National Park, Kidepo Valley National Park and Murchison Falls National Park. Translocating them is for ecological purposes and to widen their rangeland in the wilderness.

Giraffes ferried from the northern bank to the southern bank of River Nile in Murchison Falls National Park. (Credit: Titus Kakembo)

A tourist on a safari drive said he was there to see the giraffe in its natural habitat.

 “The Nubian giraffe (Rothschild) represents a unique genetic lineage that should be afforded the highest priority for conservation of giraffe biodiversity,” said Mariam Kyomugisha, a vet at Murchison Park.

“You will find the animals fascinating with their long tongues besides dropping their babies two meters down when giving birth.”

Their staple food is acacia tree leaves of which they eat more than 30kg daily.

Unless poaching, human population growth and construction are controlled, giraffes are under threat by habitat loss, fragmentation and disease. All these threats can ultimately be linked to human population growth. 

The Uganda Wild Authority boss grilled over foreign travel allowance

By Mary Karugaba


Added 16th March 2017 


 PIC: UWA executive director Dr. Andrew Seguya explains a point as director of conservation John Makombo looks on while appearing before the parliamentary committee on trade. (Credit: Maria Wamala)

KAMPALA - In addition to his official per diem, the Uganda Wildlife Authority executive director and members of the board are given $1000 (sh3.5m) for entertainment, MPs heard on Wednesday.

The money is reportedly part of the officials’ entitlement for foreign trips.

Meeting officials from UWA led by the executive director Dr. Andrew Sseguya, some of the MPs complained about Sseguya’s frequent foreign trips, saying they had become too many and need to be limited.

MP Geoffrey Macho (Busia Municipality) criticized Sseguya and some of the board members especially the chairman of travelling more than the technical teams on grounds of marketing Uganda.

“Mr. ED, could you clarify on the frequent foreign travels by the Board chairman and yourself? Why are you paid $1000 in addition to the official per diem. How is this money accounted for?,” he asked.

Other members raised a number of questions on the ivory scam, procurements, and gate collection fees, measures put in place to enhance the relationship between the wildlife and the communities and the Authority’ budget.

Sseguya however was not given opportunity to answer the questions after committee members disagreed on whether the officials should respond verbally or in writing.

The disagreement lasted over two hours until the meeting was adjourned.

Prior to the meeting, the committee chaired by Kenneth Mbogo had sent guiding questions to the officials but later changed, arguing that the responses were too general and do not answer their concerns.

They instead decided to raise individual questions.

But before Sseguya and the team could respond, MP Alex Ruhunda proposed that the meeting be adjourned and the officials submit a written response. 

Some members accused Mbogo of over protecting Sseguya.

After the committee meeting, Sseguya told journalists that he uses the money for buying drinks and eats for his guests.

“When we go for conferences, it is about marketing Uganda and when you invite people for a side meeting, you cannot ask them to pick the bill. You have to buy them drinks, eats and sometimes hire a room for the meeting. Actually this is very little money,” he said.

On board members’ travels, Sseguya said they also travel to market Uganda.

“Marketing Uganda is not a responsibility of one person. They also travel to market the country. Some of these MPs recently travelled with us in Germany, what were they doing? We all went to market our country."


Government on the spot over stalled Serere fishing project - Daily Monitor ');}

The Government of Uganda for many years now has failed the fishing industry:


Serere District local leaders inspecting the stalled fishing project. 



14 February, 2017

SERERE. Government is on the spot for allegedly abandoning a World Bank funded fishing project worth Shs2b in Serere District.
The project if completed would pave way for processing and exporting of silver fish (Mukene) to international markets. District officials say the project has stalled for the last five years.
It is alleged that in the 2012/ 2013 financial year, government through the Agriculture ministry awarded the contract to Pama Construction Company to construct and upgrade Kagwara Landing Site. However, an impromptu tour of the site by Daily Monitor indicates the construction stalled and one is greeted by dilapidated structures.

The chairperson of Serere District, Mr Joseph Opit, says the project was abandoned after the implementers allegedly defrauded government.
He added that in 2014, Serere District leaders and then minister of State for Fisheries, Ms Ruth Nankabirwa, boycotted commissioning the site citing shoddy work.
When contacted yesterday, Ms Nankabirwa who is now government Chief Whip said: “l went and assessed the project and made recommendations but shortly after, there was a Cabinet reshuffle, so I left and now I don’t know about any further developments.”

Government allegedly abandoned a World Bank funded fishing project worth Shs2b in Serere District.
The project aimed at processing and exporting silver fish (Mukene) to international markets.
Cause. The chairperson of Serere District, Mr Joseph Opit, says the project was abandoned after the implementers allegedly defrauded government.


The African countries of Namibia and Zimbabwe are failing to trade in the African Elephant Ivory that is constantly destroyed by burning on the vast continent:


A Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) officer stacks elephant tusks into pyres at in Nairobi National Park burning site on April 20, 2016. About 105 tonnes of ivory and other endangered animal products were burned on April 30, 2016. Namibia and Zimbabwe lost a bid to be allowed to sell their ivory internationally.



Posted by AFP on  Monday, October 3   2016



  • International trade in ivory has been banned since 1989, but legal domestic markets have continued in some countries around the world.
  • Delegates at the weekend adopted a recommendation aimed at clamping down on domestic ivory markets "contributing to poaching or illegal trade".
The global conference that governs wildlife trade voted Monday against proposals by Namibia and Zimbabwe to be allowed to sell their ivory internationally, in a move welcomed by many conservationists.

Namibia and Zimbabwe — which boast healthy elephant populations — had lobbied for the right to sell off stockpiles accrued from natural deaths and poaching seizures to fund projects in communities close to elephants.

"(The meeting) votes in committee against proposals of Namibia and Zimbabwe to allow international commercial trade in their elephants," the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) said in a statement at its conference in Johannesburg.

International trade in ivory has been banned since 1989, but legal domestic markets have continued in some countries around the world, and CITES has twice allowed sales of African ivory stockpiles to Japan and China, in 1999 and 2008.

In the two secret ballots, the proposals by Namibia and Zimbabwe were heavily defeated.

"African elephants are in steep decline across much of the continent due to poaching for their ivory, and opening up any legal trade in ivory would complicate efforts to conserve them," said Ginette Hemley, head of the WWF delegation at CITES.

"It could offer criminal syndicates new avenues to launder poached ivory, undermining law enforcement, and would undercut efforts to reduce the consumer demand that is driving the mass poaching."

Ivory markets
She welcomed the votes on Monday, and urged nations to concentrate on closing domestic ivory markets and combating the illegal international trade.

A recent census showed a 30-per cent decline in the savannah elephant population over seven years, and new data released by wildlife monitor traffic showed a "rising trend in large raw ivory shipments" last year.

A coalition of 29 African countries is pressing for all African elephants to be given an Annex 1 CITES listing, which bans all international trade, but other delegates believe this would fuel the booming illegal market.

The conference in Johannesburg, which ends on Wednesday, is sifting through 62 proposals to tighten or loosen trade restrictions on around 500 species.

Delegates at the weekend adopted a recommendation aimed at clamping down on domestic ivory markets "contributing to poaching or illegal trade".

Illegal trade in wildlife is valued at around $20 billion (18 billion euros) a year, according to CITES.

Vietnam, a key consumer of rhino horn, has faced severe criticism at the conference, which is held every three years.

The CITES treaty, signed by 182 countries and the European Union, protects about 5,600 animal and 30,000 plant species from over-exploitation through commercial trade.






The evicted families claim the disputed 3,000 hectares are their ancestral land, but UWA says the land is part of Kibaale national park.

Recently, lawyers of both sides made an on-the-ground tour of the disputed land. The victims’ lawyers, led by Nagaruye Ruhindi, and UWA lawyers led by Chemonges

Sabilla, inspected the demarcation stones that evictees claim had been planted by the British government in 1952. But there was no sign of agreement.


These African 5-foot lizards are eating USA

Florida's cats

Ah, Florida: the home of sun, sand, and cat-eating lizards.

State wildlife officials are increasing the hunt for Nile monitor lizards, which can grow more than five feet long. Officials believe thousands of Nile monitor lizards are loose in Florida, and they've recently begun terrorizing Palm Beach County. Since July 2014, The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has caught 20 Nile monitor lizards, but they've got plenty more to go.

Nile monitor lizards aren't native to Florida — they're actually found in Africa, but the lizards have made their way to Florida through the exotic pet trade. Unfortunately, Florida's warm climate has been a natural fit for the lizards, and they've been eating local wildlife, including owls and reptiles, as well as cats, The Sun-Sentinel reports. If you needed another reason not to release an exotic pet into the wild, it doesn't get much more terrifying than this.




Two Wild life hunters have been arrested with 10 reptile skins
Publish Date: Jul 30, 2015
Killing of wild animals including snakes contravenes the Wildlife Act. in Uganda.


Killing of wild animals including snakes contravenes the Wild Act.

                   in Uganda



By Gerald Tenywa 


POLICE has arrested two men at Mpambire along Masaka Road in Mpigi and also recovered seven python skins and three monitor lizards from them.


The two suspects named Fred Seguya and Willy Senyonga appeared in Court on Thursday where they were charged with illegal possession of the items. The prosecutor wants them to pay shs1.5m for each python and monitor lizard skin or go to prison for five years.


According to Vincent Opyene, the head of Natural Resources Conservation Network who attended court, the suspects were on Wednesday sent to Prison until August 12. The suspects claimed that they were not guilty but failed to produce sh1m for bail.


The anti-poaching operation that led to the arrest of the duo, the Natural Resources Conservation Network, which is an NGO worked with the Police and the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA).


The team said they were mounting a crackdown on the dealers in wildlife trophies that are highly demanded for making of drums at Mpambire.


In a separate interview, Laban Muhindo, the media officer at the Natural Resources Conservation Network said the trophies recovered from Seguya and Senyonga were obtained from Kalangala, which is an Island district in Uganda.


This, he said raises a concern given that pythons are solitary animals pointing out that an expansive swamp could have only one or two pythons. He also pointed out that python skins recovered from Seguya and Senyonga were coming from Kalangala suggesting that the central parts of Uganda could be running out of pythons.


“The crafts industry should opt for artificial products or rear domestic animals to generate their raw materials,” said Muhindo.


Aggrey Rwetsiba, the research coordinator at UWA said killing of wild animals contravenes the Wildlife Act and that persons should report to UWA in case they have any unfriendly encounter with wild animals.


The pythons often stay in rocky areas and ant-hills that are close to swampy areas where they easily hunt for prey. The pythons feed on small mammals and without them rodents such as rats could increase in population and overwhelm the farming population.


The monitor lizards, which produce skins for making of long drums also known as “engalabi” also reside in ant-hills and feed on termites.


This is about 4.5 tonnes of ivory that has been seized in a huge Interpol operation:

Publish Date: Dec 23, 2015
The African Ivory confisicated and most likely the lot will be incenerated (destroyed)
as was done with the owners(African wild Elephants) of these tusks.


LYON - A huge international police operation has seized 4.5 tonnes of elephant and rhino tusks, leading to 376 arrests, Interpol said Tuesday.

Operation Worthy II mobilised police forces in 11 countries from January until October: Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia, the international police organisation said in a statement.

The operation saw 25 trafficking groups disbanded, while thousands of illegal wildlife products were seized including more than 2,000 pangolin scales and 173 live tortoises.

Several weapons were also confiscated during the operation, which led police to Thailand and Singapore, where several tonnes of ivory were discovered.

Tusks are prized for decoration as talismans and for use in traditional medicine across parts of Asia, with China a major market for such products.


A Rare white giraffe has been photographed in the African bush:

22nd April 2016

Provided by The Telegraph
The Rothschild giraffe is one of the most rare types of giraffe in the world, with only a few hundred left living in the wild, predominantly in two wildlife refuges in Kenya.

A white Rothschild giraffe is rarer still - and photographer Jamie Manuel of Kenya's Northern Rangelands Trust was fortunate enough to spot one last week.

He said: "The white giraffe has been little more than a rumour for the NRT team until some time ago it was spotted from the NRT aircraft.

"A few weeks ago I decided to see if I and the Ishaqbini Community Rangers could find the giraffe on the ground."

 Provided by The TelegraphWord was sent out that the team was trying to find the animal, and herders began to report back when they'd caught sight of the animal.

Last week they set off to track the creature down - and succeeded on their second day of searching.

The animal was found among a 20-strong herd in a clearing in the forest. Manuel said: "The rangers were thrilled to get a closer look, and were pleased to see that the animal looked healthy and was feeding well.

Provided by The Telegraph"I finally managed to photograph the giraffe at close quarters and immediately wondered if it was albino or leucistic."

The giraffe is now thought to have leucism, a genetic condition which means many of her body surface cells are incapable of making pigment.

Despite being very rare, the animal is the second leucistic giraffe to make headlines this year. The first, named "Omo",  was photographed in January  at a national park in Tanzania by ecologist Dr Derek Lee, who said: “Her chances of surviving to adulthood are good but adult giraffes are regularly poached for bush meat, and her colouration might make her a target.

“We and our partners are working on giraffe conservation and anti-poaching to help give Omo and her relatives a better chance of survival.

“We hope that she lives a long life and that someday she has calves of her own.”