Category CULTURE

Lessons from a Brother’s Kwanjula for young people


On Saturday last week, a friend of mine invited me to his Kwanjula [Marriage introduction] in Kyebando Kampala. When i received the first text message inviting me for his meeting i was a little surprised. I jokingly asked him whether it was him or his sons who were set for Kwanjula. He has quiet many big boys and girls. However, on a closer look at the message i realized it was him being introduced by his first wife.

The brother has three wives. On Saturday, we converged at Kati Kati and headed to Kyebando for the big do. The function started well, when it came to the introduction of the bride [Husband] he requested to speak a few words, which are the point of my thread. He read four verses from the Koran, which i will paraphrase. He read one from Suratil Rahaman which states that, Is there a better reward for a person who has done good other being rewarded with Good. He explained that he got his mugoole back in 1986, when she was just 16 years.

They did Nikah because back them they didn’t have money for kwanjula, and that is why they were doing it now. He explained that some people tried to talk him out of this saying it was a waste of money. But his answer was one, if the money will go to waste because i have spent it on my wife, i don’t care so be it.

Isn’t there something for young couples to learn from this? He read another verse, where Allah says “And give glad tidings to the patient”. He explained that his wife has been patient for all these years and therefore it was time for her to enjoy the fruits of her patience. He read another verse, where Allah tells believers not to forget their share in the World. Wala Tanisa Naswibakum…… He said it was for this reason that he was doing the Kwanjula for his wife to enjoy just like many other women are doing.

He also recited a hadith in which, the prophet said, whoever doesn’t thank Allah finds it difficult to thank humans. He therefore thanked his wife for standing up with him through thick and thin, which has brought them a long way. My point here is lets do the right thing first. With patience and prayers we shall always get what we want in life. Don’t turn away brothers because they are currently unable to Kwanjula or pay the Mahar of UGX 5M.

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Uganda is not ready for proposed burial policy


If ever there was an alien cultural practice being sneaked into Uganda, this policy is a stark evidence of it.Africans -nay, black Africans – are too attached to the departed relatives to see them off in such a programmed, casual manner.

If Museveni wants employees to balance personal family commitment and work responsibilities, he needs to work with Unions, Parliament and other stakeholders to come up with Personal Time Off guidelines.

The guidelines would spell out the number of days an employee may take off, and which family members are covered.

In US, forever, we have FMLA (Family Medical Leave Act) under which I’m may take up to 12 weeks off to attend to myself (in case I fall sick), my child, spouse, parents, and any other person for whom I’m the main principal source of support.

In Uganda, we hold the same relationship value of extended family as we do of first-line family. That’s why we find it “entirely” acceptable, for example, to find a worker, Tom, taking off a few days to attend the funeral of his father’s sister’s mother-in-law!

This may sound strange to a westerner, but we have to preserve our culture.

Pojim Edward.
UAH member in USA

Museveni is the biggest tribalist and confuser in Uganda


People being slaughtered and hacked like Animals, innocent children got and put in a house, a blaze of fire is set in it and burnt into ash in Rwenzururu kingdom

People being slaughtered and hacked like Animals, innocent children got and put in a house, a blaze of fire is set in it and burnt into ash in Rwenzururu kingdom


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The person installing tribal leaders in the Rwenzori region is the biggest tribalist and confuser in Uganda. He is confusing every fool in the region. The other day it was the ”small boy” on hunger strike, now it is mass killing. I think tribal societies are very very primitive and a lot worse than racism. You see them even among the highly educated in Kampala manifesting a sophisticated form of tribalism called ‘nepotistic kakistocracy’ (check your dictionary if u like) – not only through fighting primitive wars but using other syndicates to patronize and propel unqualified people. Some are so openly tribal that the things they do make them look like imbeciles to everyone, yet they do not see it.

In the dark ages in Europe, these idiots often fought each other until one group of ‘barbarians’ totally annihilated the other group of ‘savages’ and so forth it went until a more ‘civilized’ group conquered all of them and urinated sense into their obnoxious grey matter. But modern societies cannot tolerate such nonsense. Everyone should strive to let go of tribes, however tribal a society is.We see this deplorable behavior in our everyday society.

People being slaughtered and hacked like Animals, innocent children got and put in a house, a blaze of fire is set in it and burnt into ash in Rwenzururu kingdom

People being slaughtered and hacked like Animals, innocent children got and put in a house, a blaze of fire is set in it and burnt into ash in Rwenzururu kingdom


One common thing to mankind is that we never make a choice which mother brings us into the world thus which ethnicity we arr born. We are taught these stereotypes and some take them too far. Unfortunately you see it even in our academic institutions like who becomes the Chancellor, the Dean and comes down to HOD level. So as long us the educated cream is not working hard to uproot such primitive tendencies what about the uneducated led by an educated imbecile with those tendencies. What beats my understanding is that both literates & non illiterates are in the same boat. Where did their humanity go?

In this time and age, tribalism is akin to lunacy. Just need to travel a bit and take in the advancement and development of societies that transcended this vice, to get a better appreciation. Our little tribes as a unit of organization, just do not cut it in this era of modernization, globalization and digitization.We need to deliberately start working on that because we stand to loose the benefits and reason of why we went to school in the first place.

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The beautiful 15 year old girl in the picture above was the first black person in an all white school in the South of the US. She was called Dorothy Counts. She shows a face of courage amid hundreds of cowardly faces around her. They bullied and spat on her, supported by their teachers. Such is the confusing history of mankind. I think Barack Obama represents a very strong change in the logic of humanness.Yet we are still highly divided and hateful – in Uganda, its not even about race – it is about tribe

However, some people argue that desegregation was the worst thing to happen to the black community. In the video on the link below, one is persuaded not to view the civil rights era with sentimentality, and admiration. Unwittingly, blacks dug their own grave.

I have also watched the video, and the guy is very correct: the ‘negroes’ as he calls them lost their identity and franchising spirit when they integrated correct – except on one thing: I think the problem was not the integration and desegregation; rather, the problem is the general attitude of black people to work – Lazy, lazy, lazy, all hidden in self-pity about their condition. He gives a very good example of how the Asians took over the business in the French Quarters – this was not an off-shot of dis-segregation.

I think what Africans and black people NEED TO DO is to wake up, lose the self-pity and sloth and be industrious. The other issue is that black communities need to maintain their identity – I for one have no problem with being called a ‘Nigger’ because depending on how u view it, it can be a source of identity, pride and resilience – but black people need to get out of their slumber and should not wait for ‘no competition situations to compete’. Otherwise, thanks for that insightful video

Prince Semei Kakungulu from Obwakamuswaga bwa Kooki is both a colonial collaborator and a nationalist


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Prince Semei Lwkairenzi Kakungulu from Obwakamuswaga bwa Kooki is both a colonial collaborator and a nationalist.He was a colonial collaborator because he, Apollo Kaggwa and Andreya Luwandagga captured Kabaka Mwanga ll and Omukama Kabaleega in Lango, on orders of the British.However the trio and others had realized that the British were determined to colonize Buganda, as a result of 1886 and 1890 Anfglo0Gemran Agreement and Berlin Conference of 1884-86. So why do you fight a war you would now win. They managed to ensure that the Buganda nation survived colonialism, 1,000 indigenous people acquired land when else where like Kenya, Zimbabwe and South Africa, land was given to White settlers, etc…

They contributed to the modernization of this country and Kakungulu is remembered for having exported Buganda’s local administration to Eastern Uganda. In the eyes of Muca Encweru, where Kakungulu stopped is where civilization stopped, and had he stepped in Karamoja, the karamajong would not have remained walking naked and rustling cattle.

Ahmed Kateregga Musaazi.
UAH MEMBER IN KAMPALA

Tooro is likely to suffer more when M7 abolishes the kingdoms!


'Troops search a car outside kabaka's palace in Kampala afer Milton Obote, Uganda's Prime Minister, had ousted the Kabaka as President and sent the Army to arrest hom. But the Kabaka's guard fought stubbornly, enabling their monarch to flee the country.'

‘Troops search a car outside kabaka’s palace in Kampala afer Milton Obote, Uganda’s Prime Minister, had ousted the Kabaka as President and sent the Army to arrest hom. But the Kabaka’s guard fought stubbornly, enabling their monarch to flee the country.’


Towards independence the major political parties were DP and UPC. However, in July 1961 Kabali Masembe moblised some Baganda to welcome their Kabaka on return from attending the independence conference London. These mammoth enthusiastic crowds lined up along the Kampala – Entebbe road chanting Kabaka Yeka (king Only). Shortly after, the slogan ans its fans evolved into a pro-Buganda Kingdom political party named Kabaka Yeka (KY). It is this KY that allied with UPC to defeat the DP in the April 1962 general elections. Five months later on October 1962 Uganda gained independence with UPC’s Milton Obote as the Executive Prime Minister. In late 1963 the Kabaka was Buganda Sir Edward Muteesa was elected by the General Assembly as a ceremonial President of Uganda at the same time he remained the king of Buganda.

The UPC/KY alliance had been a marriage of convenience. By 1964 the alliance had started showing signs of rapture. The central government starved the Buganda kingdom of funds to run its affairs. The matter of funds even went to court but Buganda lost the case. Amidst those squables, the central government organised a refrendum over the three lost counties of Buyaga, Bugangaizi and Buwekula. Buganda kingdom opposed it by moblising 300 armed Baganda ex-service men to go and occupy those areas but Bunyoro retaliated by moblising 2000 men ready for a fight. The refrendum was conducted and the counties of Buyaga and Bugangaizi (Kibaale) opted to revert to Bunyoro while Buwekula (Mubende) opted to stay in Buganda. The {resident refused to sign the results of the refrendum but the Prime Minister went ahead and signed it. There was some level of hightened tension in most parts of Buganda kingdom as a result of the outcome of the refrendum. The central government took precautionary security deployments involving the Police. At one time the Buganda Kingdom issued an altimatum for the central government to its police stations from Buganda soil. Among the few signs of bad blood between the couples was an incident where the central government refused the army brass band to play during the President/Kabaka ‘s birthday party.

'Exile portrait of Kabaka, photographed in London. Behind the king's softness, these was a character of steel. It was suggested that he died from drinking. But was he poisoned?'

‘Exile portrait of Kabaka, photographed in London. Behind the king’s softness, these was a character of steel. It was suggested that he died from drinking. But was he poisoned?’

Around the same time the UPC was gaining strength from the members of DP and KY who were crossing the floor to join it. However, the UPC was to suffer some set back arising from the outcome of the Dec1965 delegates conference to elect the party Secretary General. With Obote’s backing Grace Ibingira defeated the incumbent John Kakonge. As Secretarty General and being an Ankole royal, Ibingira sought to ally with the Buganda kingdom and rejuvenate the party in Buganda. He even reached out to prominent DP and KY leaders both in Buganda and other parts of the country who flocked into the UPC. Now that Ibingira had the numbers, he openly showed interest in wrestling the party leadership from Obote at the next delegates conference. Ibingira left for the USA to solicit for support while Obote took along trip to the eastern block (communist) countries.

In the meantime, the security situation in Buganda remained fragile. There had been killing of innocent civillians by the Police in Nakulabye after mistakaning them for Baganda rioters. The President and Kabaka of Buganda had made attempt to import arms using a private international company. The deal raised suspicion when it was evident that the arms consignment was to be paid for by Buganda. Around 1965 when the national assembly was debating the security situation in Buganda, Daud Ocheng unsuccessfully tried to move a motion seeking a vote of no confidence in the Prime Minister over allegations of Congo gold and ivory smuggling. The motions was defeated. Uganda at the time was supporting pro-communist armed rebels fighting the Mubutu government. Col Iddi Amin the then Deputy Army Commander and the Defence Minister Felix Onama were among the few government officials coordinating the support for congolese. A consignment of arms meant for these rebels had earlier been seized by the Kenya government while on transit from China.

Tension between the central government and Buganda had escalated. UPC Secretary General Grace Ibingira had strengthened alliance with Buganda Kingdom while at the same time his differences with the party chairman Obote had deepened. Grace Ibingira had initiated plans to overthrow the Obote led government by using the security forces. The plotters had enlisted the support of the Army Commander Brig Shaban Opolot and Ibingira’s own BROTHER Major Katabarwa among others to carry out the plan. Brig. Opolot had earlier provided a unit of the army for the Kabaka’s security. This force was part of the wider movement of troops between Jinja and Kampala in what has been described as uncoordinated troop movement. The Prime Minister who has upper hand intelligence had been following these developments unforlding. He had enlisted the support of Col. Iddi Amin to counter any moves by the coup plotters to use Brig Shaban Opolot.

Soon the the plotters schemes was busted amidist widespread rumours that arms were being amassed in the kiing’s PALACE in Lubiri. In a last minute desperate move on 4th February1966 when the General Assembly was debating the Penal Ammendment Bill seeking to curb KY activities in Buganda, Daudi Ocheng resurrected the earlier defeated Congo Gold and Ivory motion. He contended that huge consignments of Gold and Ivory had been looted from the Congo for the benefit of Prime Minister Obote, Defence Minister Felix Onama and the Deputy Army Commander Col Iddi Amin. He sought the suspension of the Deputy Army Commander Col Iddi Amin and a vote of no confidence in the Prime Minister Obote. The motion unanimously was passed. Obote who had been away since 1st Feb touring the northern region returned to Kampala on 12th Feb and issued a press release on 13th Feb denying the allegations.

On 22nd Feb the Prime Minister chaired a cabinet meeting in which he declared that he was taking over the powers of the government and five cabinet Ministers were arrested (including Grace Ibingira) over treasonous allegations. They were held without trial under the Preventive Detention Act that Ibingira himself had helped to formulate when he was the Justice Minister. They remained in detention until Iddi Amin overthrew Obote years later. The following day on 23rs Feb the Prime minister relieved the Army Commander Brig Shaban Opolot of his duties and appointed his as a military advisor to cabinet instead he elevated Col. Iddi Amin to the position of Army Commander. Brig Shaban Opolot had got more closer to Buganda having married from the Katikiro Kavuma family. On 24th Feb during a cabinet meeting the Prime Minister suspended the constitution alleging that a military coup was being planned. On 25th February the Prime Ministerset up a commission of inquiry into the allegations of gold and ivory smuggling from the Congo. On the same day the Buganda Kingdom Lukiko (parliament) convened to examine the the actions of the Prime Minister. On 3rs March the Prime Minister issued press release to radio and TV accusing the President and King of Buganda EdwardMutesa of having sought foreign military aid. On 4th Feb the President and King retaliated by publishing the letters he had written to the Prime Minister over the constitutional developments of the recent past. Unfortunately, in one of the letters he had acknowledged that the said foreign military aid was a precautionary measure to secure the country. He had remainded the Prime Minister of how he too had thought foreign military aid without informing the President during the 1964 army mutiny.

On 5th March the Lukiko convened and expressed solidarity with Kind Mutesa’s stand over the current events. It reaffirmed its recognition of Mutesa as the the President of Uganda. On 11th March the Prime Minster issued a press release in the Uganda Argus clarifying that the suspension of the constitution on 24th Feb had accordingly abolished the offices of the President and Vice President. On 12th March the Lukiko convened and resolved to regard the actions of the Prime Minister as unconstitutional and that it was therefore disassociating itself. On 15th March the Lukiko reconvened again and called upon the Prime Minister to restore constitutional order. On 15th March before the National Assembly and amidist hightened security at the parliamentary building a new constitution was introduced. This is what has come to be known as the “pigeon Hall” constitution. Among the highlights of the new constitution was the abolition of federal status for kingdoms. On 16th March the Lukiko reconvened are reaffirmed its earlier stand over those developments. On 18th the Lukiko reconvened again and issued a strong statement against aborogation of the constitution.

On 19th April the Lukiko convened and passed a resolution ordering the central government to vacate Buganda soil by 30th May 1966. This aultimatum fueled further tension as rumours of the Buganda kingdom moblising troops and arms in the palace grew. In the countryside defiant Baganda were digging trenches across the roads, attacking Police stations and trucks carrying military personnel. The government declared a state of imergency over the entire Buganda Kingdom. The government sent members of the Police Special Force to the palace to investigate the said arms but they were severely attacked. This development prompted the central government to dispatch a contingent of the army under the command of Iddi Amin to attack the king’s palace. After a fierce encounter with the King’s guards, the king was overpowered and he escaped and fled into exile. That very day the Prime Minister addressed parliament where he alleged that the Kabaka had declared rebellion by April 12th. The confrontation left immense death and destruction of property. The Kabaka died in exile in London a few years later.

On June 1st 1966, the mover of the controversial Congo Gold motion, Daudi Ocheng died while undergoing treatment at Mulago hospital in Kampala. This was before he could testify before the Congp Gold Commission of inquiry. He had been such a close friend of King Edward Mutesa. In September 1967 the new Republican constitution was promulgated. It made Uganda a republic with Militon Obote as the Executive President. Consequently, kingdoms were abolished in Uganda.

That is the summary of events that sowed the seed of hatred for Obote by the good section of Baganda ethinic group that has been exploited by self seeking Museveni. In the same regard the Baganda overwhelmingly welcomed the Iddi Amin take over from Obote. Throughout his reign, Iddi Amin almost had no trouble with the Baganda as an entity. Even during the war against Iddi Amin, the invading Tanzanian Army had to take caution when dealing with the post Iddi Amin Buganda. Because of Buganda’s historical superiority, it enjoyed special status during colonian and post indeoendence Uganda. Buganda had opposed the colonial design of an east African federation leading to their king being exiled in Britain. It enjoyed full federal status while other kingdoms enjoyed a semi-federal status. While the Kabak of Buganda and the Baganda bore the brunt of the struggle for independence, the rest of the kingdoms were seemingly unbothered. It is Buganda’s clashes with the central government during the 60s that led to the abolition of kingdoms. The rest of the kingdoms were mere victims of circumstance.

Its this historical Buganda strength and hatred for Obote that prompted the architect of the Amin overthrow, Julius Nyerere to send an advance party of scouts in the form of ceremonial presidents Yusul Lule and Binaisa to prepare the ground for Obote’s resumption of the Presidency in 1980. Its the same situation that Museveni exploited in executing his guerrilla campaign. When the going got tougher, he had to give concession to restoration of the Buganda in return for support. He went ahead to arrange for the then Prince Mutebi to visit the liberated zone in the west and reassure the Baganda fighters in the NRA who were reportedly being segregated. Unknown to the Prince, Museveni wanted to use the visit to draw to his side the support of Buganda in view of the fact that the pro-Buganda DP and UFM fighters at the time had joined hands with the Okello military junta in Kampala. Its not that he loves kingdoms but he needed them at different times of his journey to the life presidency. That is why he has never acknowledged that there had ever been such an understanding between him and the Buganda monarch. However, the fact that its the army council sitting in Gulu that endorsed the resolution to restore the Buganda monarch is circumstancial evidence of an earlier understanding between the two entities.

After restoring the Buganda Kingdom, the rest of the traditional kingdoms jumped into the bandwagon to demand for the same. When Buganda demanded for the return of its properties, the rest of the kingdoms also followed suit. Its only the demand for federal status by Buganda that the other kingdoms have not copied. Soon after several chiefdoms have been mushrooming with Musevenis approval. THE TRUTH IS THAT MUSEVENI’S RECOGNITION OF TRADITIONAL RULERS WAS A BITTER PILL FORCED ON HIS THROAT BY BUGANDA KINGDOM. The status of kingdoms that he claims to have restored is not what had been abolished in 1967. This is what Buganda called Byoya Byanswa (empty). When kingdoms were abolished in 1967, their properties were taken over by the central government. Under the first and second UPC governments they were used for less than ten years. The Iddi Amin government used them for for less than less ten years. Museveni who masquerades as the champion of traditional institutions has held these very properties close to 30 years now!!!!

Since its restoration, Museveni has been undermining the strength of Buganda kingdom by instigating the creation of small chefdoms in Bugerere, Buruli and Koki. At the same time he has been making attempts to weaken the Lukiko and isolate it from the Kabaka. reas like Luwero and Kiboga will be depopulated of Baganda thus may opt to withdraw their allegiance to the Kabaka of Buganda. Once he is through with his funded land grabbing project in Buganda, aNow that he is succeeding in taming Buganda, he has expanded his operation to Tooro and Busoga. In Busoga, he is about to accomplish its destruction. In Tooro, he has succeeded in creating the Rwenzururu kingdom but as the Bakonjo were still celebrating, he created the kingdom of Bwamba. He will finish off Tooro by creating the kingdoms of Ntoroko for the Batuku, Busongora for the Basongora, Kitagwenda for the Batagwenda in Kamwenge and the Kingdom of Kyaka for the Banyakyaka. The only Batooro Museveni values as his ethinic allies are the pastrol ethinic communities of Batuku and Basongora. He will strengthen them by degazating part of Semulki Wildlife Reserve and Queen Elizabeth National Park respectively to provide them with extra territory.

However, going by the recent events, the mainstream Batooro whom he takes for granted because of their submissiveness have woken up. At one time he insulted them pint blank about “their stupidity (Kujagaarra)”. The current Tooro Kingdom Prime Minister Mr. Stephen Kaliba will be framed and removed because of his strong UPC background. To isolate the royal family he will pardon and release the former Tooro Kingdom Prime Minister John Katuramu. Of recent Museveni has taken to repeatedly overstating the past injustices that were meted on the Bamba and Bakonjo while they were under the ancient Tooro kingdom. The three communities offered him victory when they overwhelmingly supported his NRA in the Rwenzori Mountains in 1984/85. His strategic security interest of securing the congo border is the motive behind his moves to divide the Batooro/Bamba/Bakonjo. If he can reduce territories of traditional kingdoms by identifying and creating new kingdom and territories, why cant he let the Banyankole who want the Obugabe to have it by curving out a territory out of the former Ankole Kingdom!!!!!

His desiparate divide and rule policies are coming to more light with his recent association with religious cult of Bisaka and electioneering with born again christian churches to the annoyance of the mainstream christian churches. When cultural institutions get to understand his machinations and defiantly speak with one voice or his actions explode into bloody ethnic clashes, the stage will be set for Museveni to abolish kingdoms.

INFORMATION IS POWER.

POSTED BY ROBUKUI

ALLEGATIONS AGAINST THE KATIKKIRO IN THE OBSERVER ARE BASELESS AND UNFOUNDED


I think it’s wise and civil to respond to this story by the virtue that my name has been mentioned as one of the aspiring MP whom Owek. Katikkiro campaigned for in Kassanda South during the ettoffaali project, these allegations are baseless and unfounded.

What happened in Kassanda South on Wednesday 7th May, 2014? Starting with background of this ettoffaali project, all of you remember very well that sometime back last year, Owek.Katikkiro went to Parliament to collect ettoffaali and after the function, The Weekly Observer published a list of names of 88 names out 90 MPs from Buganda who contributed to the Ettoffaali, the two Mps whose names were missing on the list included the one am going to replace come 2016 my elder brother Hon. George William Nyombi Thembo (Later alone he contributed after the weekly observer story ) and Hon.Peter Nyombi of Nakasongola.

After the Weekly Observer story, due my love for Buganda issues since my days at Makerere University days (1996-1999) I was an active member of Nkobazambogo I felt very important to invite the Ettoffaali Committee to Kassanda South so that the Kabaka’s subjects can contribute themselves because their MP had not contributed as per the Weekly Observer story , so I personally approached the Chairman of the Committee Mr. Fred Kiyimba Freeman, my OB at Makerere University and also an active member of Nkobazambogo by then and requested him that let the Katikkiro and the entire committee come to Kassanda South. I even went one extra mile and offered a luncheon to Owek.Katikkiro and his entire group as per our cultural norms that whenever the Kabaka or his Katikkiro tours his kingdom, one of his subjects voluntary offers a luncheon, so I put that offer before the Chairperson of the committee but unfortunately it was seriously fought by someone who looked at it as political capital for Simeo Nsubuga, so he eat the lunch at Kawungera COU Priest’s house which was Okay. But nevertheless he came to our country home and we hosted him, I mobilized over 2000 fellow residents whom he found waiting for him and contributed handsomely towards the Ettoffaali.

Another reason which inspired me to invite the Ettoffaali Committee was about some of our politicians from Greater Mubende (Mubende, Mityana, Kiboga and Kyankwanzi Districts) who have acted contrary to the interests of the Kabaka and Buganda Kingdom in the most critical hour of need.(Okulya mu Buganda olukwe nokuba Kabaka Omugongo) . You remember very well during the CA making process 1994-1995, it was one politician elders from Mubende who nailed the last nail on Federo debate in the CA. The words “Semusota guli muntamu” are still vivid in our mind. Also just recently in 2010 when the Kabaka’s radio CBS was switched off, it was another politician from Mubende who called the radio “NGULI/OMUGENZI CBS” meaning the late CBS. God is great the Kabaka’s radio is now on air now and the same politician is now using it to air out his views. So an upcoming politician I had to use the Ettofaali Project to prove to the Katikkiro that the people in Kassanda South are royal subjects and behind and ready to support any development programmes being speared by the Katikkiro in the Kingdom and Ettoffaali Project is now priority number one.

Even before the Ettoffaali project, my love and support for Kingdom programmes are very clear for everybody to see, if you remember very well in December, 2012 I mobilized the Kabaka’s subjects form Juba, South Sudan and we contributed over 1 Million Uganda Shillings on the Construction of the Kasubi Tombs, we handed it over to then Kingdom Premier J.B Walusimbi at Bulange-Mengo

Members let us face the reality and naked truth, politics is about capturing any available opportunity and get political capital out of it, it’s about marketing yourself to the voters. There is NO politician in Buganda even in Uganda for that matter who doesn’t want to associate himself/herself with the Kabaka, Katikkiro’s and Kingdom Affairs, all of us we have seen this, so I Simeo Nsubuga of Kassanda South aspirating MP come 2016 I could not miss such a golden opportunity. Thus why the other Friday, 13/06/2014 I had to mobiles all my fellow residents in all the trading centers of Kassanda South along Mityana-Mubende Highway to receive his Majesty the Kabaka on his way to Mubende to open the Massaza Cup and they turned up in large numbers, like at Myanzi Trading Center, he found over 5000 waiting for him since morning, drumming and dancing our traditional dance, with a welcoming banner pinned in the middle of the road welcoming him, he stopped and greeted them and he continued to Mubende, the function went on well, despite the fact that somebody had organized another parallel function at Myanzi Play Ground to counteract ours but he cancelled it immediately and took off after sensing that the people busy waiting for their Kabaka.

So to our MPs especially from Buganda Kingdom under chairmanship of my OB Hon.Godfrey Kiwanda Ssubbi (Mityana North) please don’t cry crocodile tears, just concentrate in your respective constituencies, tell the voters what you have done for them so that they can vote you for the next Parliament, In the same currency also leave us alone to market ourselves to the voters using any available opportunity; the voters will decide come 2016. The truth of the matter which you have to accept not all of you, you see the inside of the 10th Parliament of the Republic of Uganda 2016-2012 actually 40% if not 50% you will not come back, we are going to replace you, we do our part and also go, because you’re not the first nor the last. As the saying goes whatever has beginning has also got end. One time you were elected as a members of parliament and one time you have to leave, either you are tiring Honorably like some of you have indicated that you’re not coming back, or you stick on and we retire you through the ballot box come 2016.

NSUBUGA SIMEO.

TOORO’S REACTION REVEALS THE TRUTH BEHIND ‘KINGDOMS’


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Tooro’s reaction to the coronation of a Bamba King betrays the ugly side of man: the animal instinct to conquer and dominate. This is the truth behind all imperialism, whether it crosses oceans as was the case with the Romans , the Ottomans and the English, or it is conquering neighbours as it was the case with Tooro and Bukonzo, Bwamba. Only yesterday Tooro was up in arms demanding the return of her property by government, the same move Bukonzo is protesting. Then Bukonzo, which vehemently fought against Tooro domination, is also against Bwamba being a kingdom. The Buganda story with her donated ‘counties'( Kooki, Bunyala, Buruuli, Lost Counties), is all too glaring and will not go away.

Self-determination is for everybody. What makes Kaliba think that only Batooro women have wombs to produce kings? Tooro itself was ‘made’, and that was the starting point of its kings being ‘born’. So effective today, Bwamba’s kings will be born, as successors to King Atongi. If Tooro wants diversity in one kingdom, can they accept the rotational arrangement as it is done in Busoga? This would see kings coming from all the nationalities in the ‘larger’ Tooro kingdom on rotational basis: Batooro, Batuku, Basongora, Bakonzo, Bamba, Batwa and recently Bakiga.

Kaliba knows well the history and meaning of ‘ Twena tuli Batooro’ , and ‘ Omutooro Proper’

Actually myself am comfortable with an ‘elected’ king, one who is chosen on the basis of his individual personal capacity and merit, not because he is a son of his father. This the new form of theocracy, where leaders are anointed,even from humble families, to lead their people. Theocracy is a better system, than ‘democracy’ which has become rule by money( the highest bidder, often with stolen money, wins), or monarchy, where one is a leaders by virtue of being a son/daughter of their father.
Am sure King Atongi will make a better leader to his people, since his kingship is not by ‘right’, rather by obligation.

Sandra Birungi
Kampala

A Proposal for a financial park on some sections of the Lubiri


A Proposal for a financial park on some sections of the Lubiri:Regarding the proposal to upgrade our beloved Lubiri, I propose, in addition to other plans proposed, a finance park.This can have plots distributed among Masaza or Bika, and it is upon these to ensure that construction is done according to the plan given as seen in the photo attached. The structures can rented out to only corporate organizations ( NGOs and other Firms)

What a source of income that can come to the treasury!!!

Njalwe Desire.image

A LETTER FROM ACHOLI TO BUGANDA


A LETTER FROM ACHOLI TO BUGANDA!

Greetings from Acholi! Its exactly one month since a letter from Acholi to Buganda was posted. I pray this second letter, finds the Kabaka in good health and that all is well in his Kingdom. In Acholi, rainfall is abundant and the soil fertile. It’s planting season and so, we are grounded knee deep in the shamba!.

In the aftermath of the Kabaka receiving Buganda’s stolen goods from Museveni and in the wake of Bunyoro demanding for what is theirs while the rest of the country look on, it appears that special status is being accorded to some while others are accorded gasia status. It’s well known secret in Uganda that Museveni’s bread is buttered in Buganda. In fact, this is true since, the days of Luwero triangle to this day. It seem to have Buganda with the old adage that, in politics while you embrace one politician and political party, one should leave room for others. But Buganda seem to have put all its faith in Museveni and the NRM. The danger here is that, while Buganda is accepting with two hands, and taking with two hands from Museveni, what they believe is theirs, which was grabbed by Obote, after the the overthrow of the Kabaka, then what on earth will prevent the so called byaffe from being taken back by Omoding or Mohamed, in years to come? Nothing will prevent that. This because of, lack of due process. In this case, we did not, for instance, hear of parliamentary involvement in both cases of confiscation and return of goods. For this reason i fear that the omission of the parliamentary involvement and due process means that these goods will yet change hands in the future.

There seem to be something more sinister at work.

Museveni is one who likes to use people, and in Buganda, he has found very generous people indeed. They did not only sacrifice their lives for him, but with the patience of a crested crane, have ensured and dedicated their vote for his stay in power for the last quarter century at the sacrifice of democracy in Uganda for this very moment of ebyaffe. In a nutshell, Museveni is made in Buganda for Buganda. Times, however, do change and we are seeing Buganda’s mussle grow while Museveni’s wane. The danger here is that Museveni is becoming aware of this reverse process and for his continued enjoyment and munching of bread buttered by Buganda, he is likely to appease Buganda with the ultimate prize, federalism. Unfortunately for Buganda and Uganda, and because Museveni is so used to dictating without consulting the parliament, Buganda may be handed a federal status without due process. Again Buganda will grab with two hands without due process or Federalism by the back door. This surrender by Museveni and temptation to receive gifts without due process by Buganda, must be resisted. Buganda should see beyond Museveni or any individual for that matter. It should seek the parliamentary, home to Ugandan’s representatives, in search for a legal, lasting federal status. They should not accept one from Museveni, the one man band. Because in the future, it will also take a one man band to grab it back from Buganda and this time around, it may take even longer to get it back. I therefore humbly ask the Kabaka to resist handling stolen goods without due process.

We in Acholi, like the rest of Ugandans, have suffered enormously under dysfunctional governments, more so under the NRM. Despite all the human and national resources, good climate and abundant land in the north, we have seen stagnation and waste of resources. We however, want to see due process that will bring long lasting peace to the rest of Uganda. Like Buganda, Acholi cannot wait for transfer of some powers to the regions. We are ready for devolved power in order to reconstruct and build for our people facilities, fit for the twenty first century because Acholi is worth it and has the resource to achieve it!. We want to manage our political process and we want our leaders accountable to the people of Acholi. Like Buganda, we are demanding for federalism. The only difference being that, while the Kabaka is ready to accept one from Mu7, the people in Acholi demand due process and will not accept a “hand me down” federalism from Museveni or anybody else. But from the people and the parliament of Uganda. Accepting any goods including federalism from Museveni, without due process, is like handling and accepting stolen goods from a thieve. Buganda and the Kabaka should resist the temptation and for once, not follow Kikuubo pathway but due process which will involve the participation of all Ugandans. This will result in a lasting peace!

May the Empologoma of Buganda relax with this, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h2zQl6nYMJM as he slumbers on his rwot onino or tata akoye to consider the advice from Acholi!

Akim Odong.
London

Kasubi Tomb Reconstruction should reflect the changing times!


The greatest lure of tourists to Egypt are the famous pyramids. Built millenia ago, by Africans with neither mortar nor cement, they remain a symbol of ingenuity and a classic work of engineering. In Mali, there are similar works, including structures that housed universities, built using the same technique as the pyramids. Back home, Kisingiri House in the larger Bulange area is another marvel: built with ensambya, enkoma, reeds and mud, and it has stood for over a century.
As Buganda rejoices over the ‘restoration’ of the Kasubi Tombs( amasiro), what exactly is Buganda about it? What indicates age-old architecture, ingenuity, creativity? The whole structure is another ‘modern’ day steel and concrete thing.

Well, times change. Else, we would have expected the restored masiro to be made of ensambya, enkoma, emuli, well-thatched, ceiling lined with embugo, with periodic maintenance according to each clan’s role. You only need to visit Rwanda’s national museum in Huye, to appreciate their architecture. Within the bowls of the museum is a replica of a typical king’s palace, built the the Kinyarwanda way.

Sandra Birungi
Kampala

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