Buganda kingdom has on Thursday donated Shs 70m to boost the renovation works of the late Ssekabaka Muteesa II house located in Makerere University.
Buganda’s Premier Charle P. Mayiga handed over a Cheque to the University Vice-Chancellor Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe on an event organised at the University.
The house is where Buganda’s 35th king, Ssekabaka Edward Muteesa II, lived as a student at Makerere in 1944 still stands albeit in need of urgent renovations.
On 16 September 2019, Prof Nawangwe took a tour of the King’s University preferred ageing residence and promised to restore it into a shining museum.
“I have toured the house in which Kabaka Edward Mutesa II lived while studying at Makerere. The house built in 1944 is in a sorry state but we are determined to restore it & create a museum about his life as soon as possible. I call upon well-wishers to support this noble project,” Nawangwe tweeted.
I have toured the house in which Kabaka Edward Mutesa II lived while studying at Makerere. The house built in 1944 is in a sorry state but we are determined to restore it & create a museum about his life as soon as possible. I call upon well wishers to support this noble project. pic.twitter.com/3elgtKe4hb— Barnabas Nawangwe (@ProfNawangwe) September 16, 2019
Late last year, Makerere University embarked on renovating Muteesa house, a residence in a bid to maintain the heritage of old precious buildings of intrinsic value to the society.
On 30th November 2019, Prof Nawangwe once again revealed the good news to the Buganda subjects about the progress of the works through his twitter handle.
“On the progress of renovations done on the Sir Edward Muteesa II House, I am impressed with the reservation of its originality. I have toured what used to be his Bedroom. The original bathtub and washroom facilities are still strong and these will be amazing for visitors to see,” he tweeted.
“In restoring this house, Makerere University is doing the right thing and as a country we must indoctrinate a culture of preserving our history. Historical buildings can be sources of extra income for institutions like Makerere.
“All what Makerere will need is to ensure that tour guides within Kampala include it on tourists’ itinerary. But it can also teach others across the region on how to preserve our history. But the restoration process shouldn’t end with just the building; rather, set everything the way it was when Muteesa was a student.” wrote Denis Jjuuko at the observer online paper on September 26, 2019.
On the same event, the Katikiro has requested the government to invest more in universities for them to meet vibrant standards.
Sir Edward Frederick William David Walugembe Mutebi Luwangula Mutesa II (modern spelling: Muteesa) (19 November 1924 – 21 November 1969) was Kabaka of the Kingdom of Buganda in Uganda from 22 November 1939 until his death. He was the thirty-fifth Kabaka of Buganda and the first President of Uganda. The foreign press often referred to him as King Freddie, a name rarely used in Uganda.
Mutesa was born at the house of Albert Ruskin Cook in Makindye, Kampala, on 19 November 1924, the fifth son of the Kabaka Daudi Cwa II, who reigned between 1897 and 1939. His mother was Lady Irene Drusilla Namaganda, of the Nte clan. He was educated at King’s College Budo, a prestigious school in Uganda.
Upon the death of his father on 22 November 1939, he was elected Kabaka by the Lukiiko at the age of 15 and was installed outside the Lubiri at Mengo on 25 November 1939. He reigned under a Council of Regents until he came of age and assumed full powers.
Mutesa was crowned at Buddo on 19 November 1942, his eighteenth birthday. At that time Buganda was still part of the British protectorate of Uganda.
The years between 1945 and 1950 saw widespread protests against both the Governor of Uganda’s and Kabaka Mutesa’s governments.
In the early 1950s the British Government floated the idea of uniting British East Africa (Uganda, Kenya and Tanganyika) into a federation. Africans feared that this would lead to their coming under the control of Kenya’s white settler community, as had happened in Rhodesia.