By Ivan Mwine
City businessman Hamis Kiggundu aka Ham has given up on his battle with Buganda kingdom over the ownership of 142 acres of prime land in Kigo, on which he wanted to construct a modern sports complex called Ham Sports Club.
We have established that following his resolution to relinquish ownership of the land to its bonafide owners, Buganda kingdom, Ham has since apoligised to Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi, revealing that he was misled by those who purported to have sold him the land.
Speaking at a media conference on Monday held at outside Buganda Land Board offices in Mengo, Ham said that; “We and Buganda are one and the same. I am a Muganda, investing in Buganda, so I don’t see why there should be any differences between us.”
He added; “It is for that reason that ever since this matter started you have not heard me attacking Buganda kingdom.”
Ham asserted that he bought the land from Wakiso District Land Board, from where he acquired the title deeds to the same.
He revealed that he held a meeting with the Buganda Land Board team led by Prince David Wasajja with intent to take surveyors to the contested land to open up the boundaries that demarcate his land and that of Buganda Kingdom but they rejected the idea.
A distraught Ham therefore said that he had resolved to give up on the land because he could not fight the Kabaka.
“As a Muslim and as a Muganda, what I have decided is this; if they claim that the land is theirs, who am I as Kiggundu to fight the Kabaka. All I want is to preserve my respect as a Muganda and a Muslim. I will not fight for that land anymore,” Ham noted.
Ham also revealed that due to the respect he has for the Kabaka and Buganda kingdom as an institution he could not take the matters to court because of the controversy that would raise.
He however didn’t reveal whether he is going to relocate the Ham Sports Club to another part of the country and whether he was to sue the Wakiso District Land Board for defrauding him by selling him ‘air’, or not.