A petitioner in court case where Kabaka Ronald Mutebi is accused of land grabbing has rejected presiding judge saying he doesn’t expect a fair hearing.
There was drama in court when Male Mabirizi Kiwanuka asked the judge to excuse himself from the case.
Early this month, Male said he will cross-examine the Kabaka over the appointment of a representative to swear affidavits and file responses to the case challenging the compulsory registration of people living on the king’s land.
In August, Kabaka Mutebi appointed Bashir Juma Kizito as his representative to swear affidavits and file responses to the petition.
But in the notice filed at the High Court on September 7, Mr Kiwanuka said the physical presence of the Kabaka in court will be required during the hearing of the case.
Mr Kiwanuka petitioned court alleging that Kabaka’s land, where subjects are living, was returned to the king by the central government and is public land collectively owned by the people of Buganda.
He says the Kabaka is only holding the land in trust for his subjects but is not their landlord or master.
Mr Kiwanuka is challenging the Kabaka’s action requiring all his subjects living on the kingdom land to register their plots at a fee ranging between Shs100, 000 and Shs600, 000 depending on the location. Registration of land in Kampala, Wakiso or the surrounding areas is Shs600, 000 while in the rural areas the owners pay Shs100, 000.