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Police Summons Chief, LC3 Chairperson Over Theft, Malicious Damage at Babukusu Palace

According to Kanyanya, the house was constructed by the British government in 1937 when Uganda was still under the British protectorate for cultural heritage, saying the sub-county lacks the mandate to evict him from the house, which doesn’t belong to them.

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The Bulucheke Sub County LC III Chairperson, Elisa Khawanga and Chief, Anthony Wakoli Kutosi in Bududa district are wanted by police for storming and destroying property in the palace of the self-styled Babukusu King, Joseph Washitwaya Kanyanya alias "Wash". 

It comes a week after the sub-county authorities stormed Kanyanya’s offices, which operates in the Sub-county building for alleged failure to pay rent and confiscated his property. Now, the Bududa District Police Commander, Jafari Magyezi, says they are investigating the circumstances under, which the sub-county authorities entered the Babukusu palace without informing the concerned authorities.

Kanyanya insists that disputed property was given to him by the former Sub-county chairperson when he was enthroned to lead the Babukusu Kingdom. He also dismissed claims that the land hosting the house belongs to the sub-county. 

According to Kanyanya, the house was constructed by the British government in 1937 when Uganda was still under the British protectorate for cultural heritage, saying the sub-county lacks the mandate to evict him from the house, which doesn’t belong to them.

However, Elinesti Wayengela, the former Bulucheke Sub County LC III chairperson, who is claimed to have handed Kanyanya the house says they agreed with him to pay Shillings 100,000 each month as rent to the sub-county. He says the old leadership has nothing to do with Kanyanya if he has failed to meet his rental obligation, adding that new leadership has the mandate to evict him.

Anthony Wakoli Kutosi and Elisa Khawanga, say they are ready to record statements at police and answer any charges brought against them.  Wilson Watira, the Bududa District LC V Chairperson who was also summoned over the same matter, says the district has no agreement with Kanyanya for the said land and house.

He said Kanyanya declared himself a King in 2012 amidst protests from InzuYa Masaba and various political leaders and therefore not recognized as a king as he claims.

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