By John Matovu.
The Kabaka of Buganda hastily summoned his Attorney General David Mpanga and 3rd deputy Katikiro Apollo Makubuya, of A.F Mpanga (Bowmans) and MMAKS Advocates respectively, 2 leading Kampala law firms at his Banda palace.
The meeting turned out to be a torture chamber as the furious Kabaka demanded answers from the duo as to why they were not personally defending him in a case filed against him by his subject, one Male Mabirizi.
The Kabaka questioned the low profile caliber of junior lawyers such as Christopher Bwanika, Mpanga and Makubuya were delegating to defend the Kingdom, adding it was the reason he was losing every round of the case.
Mabirizi sued, alleging that the Kabaka being a TRUSTEE, not a LANDLORD of land in Buganda was illegally collecting and demanding fees through his private company Buganda Land Board (BLB) contrary to the laws of Uganda.
To have your Kibanja registered by BLB, you must pay fees amounting to Sh1,3m.
In his defense contained in the affidavit of BLB, Head of Survey Bashir Kizito, the Kabaka says registration is voluntary. According to Kizito, Kabaka has never deprived any person right to own property, and does not intend to do so.
The resolution from the meeting was to the effect that one of those two lawyers must hence always appear in court to defend him or they should resign.