President Amin of Uganda has returned a luxury boat to the Bugandan Royal Family. The?
President Amin of Uganda has returned a luxury boat to the Bugandan Royal Family. The boat, a cabin cruiser moored at Port bell on Lake Victoria, was originally confiscated by the government of ex-President Obote when the late King "Freddie" fled to Britain. The King died in exile. The boat was presented to his son, 16-year-old Prince Mutebi, by President Amin in a ceremony at Port Bell on Tuesday (September 7. It was also reported that President Amin has returned other property, including the Royal Palace, land and cattle which belonged to King Freddie.
SYNOPSIS: Sixteen-year-old Prince Ronald Mutebi of Buganda has received a luxury boat on Lake Victoria from Uganda's President Amin. The boat, which was handed over to the Prince in a ceremony at Port Bell on Monday, originally belonged to the Prince's late father, King Freddie of Buganda. It was confiscated by ex-President Obote of Uganda when the King fled to Britain in 1966. But in January this year, Dr. Obote was overthrown by General Amin, who has returned the boat and, reportedly, other property belonging to the Royal Family. He told the Prince as he handed him the boat that his Government was not going to steal private property, or encourage anyone else to do so. The Royal Family, former rulers of one of Uganda's four kingdoms, have been out of power since the monarchies were abolished by Dr. Obote.
The other Royal Family properties reportedly handed back by President Amin include lands, cattle and the Bugandan Royal Palace. The people of Buganda, meanwhile, have been urging President Amin to re-instate the monarchy there. He has not announced any decision yet. On Tuesday, however, tribal elders from Bukedi, one of the anti-monarchist districts in Uganda, told President Amin that only "self-seekers and opportunists" were interested in seeing the four hereditary kingdoms revived. President Amin said later that the elders "spoke a lot of sense".