Buganda is now channelling the “Etoffali” fundraising to the beautifying of Kabaka lake.
Buganda Prime Minsiter, Peter Mayiga, yesterday told the Lukiiko at Bulange Mengo that after the completion of Masengere Building, funds are needed to beautify the King’s lake.
This follows recommendations of a committee chaired by Dr. Kenneth Ssemwogerere, a lecturer at Makerere University, which found that only 29 of the original 49 acres of land that initially hosted the lake have not been encroached.
Mayiga noted that the water body sits on 22 acres while 6 acres of adjacent land has no squatters.
Kabaka’s Lake was dug in 1885 during the reign of Ssekabaka Mwanga II.
Ssekabaka Mwanaga’s idea was to create a channel, which was to take him to his palace in Lubiri and the other palaces in Munyonyo.
Mayiga says by the time Ssekabaka Mwanga II left the throne, the water covered 30 acres.
He notes that human activities and encroachment threatens the existence of the Lake.
According to Mayiga, they have set up a committee to led by Freeman Kiyimba and Dr. Kenneth Ssemwogerere to save the Kabaka’s lake.
He says the first phase of the project will include the erection of a barrier fence around the Lake, unclogging the springs, construction of trenches and roads around the lake as well as stopping people from dumping sewerage in the lake and its showers.
Mayiga says phase two will focus on constructing; recreation gardens, a hotel, a floating restaurant, sports ground, aquarium and a memorial site for Ssekabaka Mwanga II.
He says the works are expected to start in August this year.
Other projects undertaken under the “Etoffali” include the reconstruction of Kasubi and Wamala Royal Tombs.
At least Shillings 8 Billion was realized from the fundraising drive in various parts of the country and diaspora.