Kampala Bill is not fair to Buganda and the rest of Ugandans


Fellow Ugandans,
 
 I cannot imagine going to Mbarara or Gulu and taking over such perimeters without expected push back. President Museveni and his administration have become a very strange bed fellow when it comes to Buganda property, not only land but other revenue generating properties that seem to have been targeted to render defunct or non functional the cash cows for Buganda. In essence housing the capital of Uganda has been a nightmare for the tribe.
If the administration wanted to annex cities of regions from the previous 10 districts, then it ought to have done it across the board, take Jinja, Mbarara, Gulu and many other towns as a fair legislative move. Singling out Buganda things, simply because it is the capital has brought such unpopularity to the NRM/O both at home and abroad among seriously concerned Baganda.
 My friend Kiyonga the political strategist has to be thinking beyond one presidency for his party! Having such unfair unilateral moves that target and impoverish Buganda cannot be a good thing for his party’s future. Incidentally the Baganda seem to have lost out disproportionately, in terms of economics, environment and lives wasted.  
In the eyes of political forecasters this mounts to political party suicide given the projected future census of Buganda. Simply thinking that “generations would have changed and the ills will be long forgoten” is a myopic strategy. Had the folks in UPC been more foresighted during their reign, they would be enjoying incredible popularity today. Besides, why legislate on something that will definitely be reversed in the future?
Writing legislation to take so much out of Buganda alone is not only blatantly unfair it is discriminatory.
Look, Buganda/Baganda aided the Museveni administration to get in power, and it/they have paid the ultimate price. Buganda lost most of it’s ability to raise revenue take for instance, the Electricity project wich seems to have been designed without regard to Bugandan investors, who owned the old Owen falls dam. The adminstration did not have a plan or good will to replace Buganda’s investment with any other viable or similar revenue generating project. The Baganda like the Indians also had staked carefully their own revenue generating strategies and taking them away without adequate remuneration afforded to Indians is what’s put them at odds with the administration.
Even the Bristish who colonized us longer, did not take as much away from Buganda as has president Museveni and his administration. Here in Boston,echoes of disenchantment for the NRM/O party are heard from even those that are not following these debates closely. 
I often say to my NRM/O friends in the USA that rescuing the NRM/O name in our towns is more difficult, because, people here see the party as the one that has taken on a very selfish posture to impoverish Baganda by overtly disenfranchising them at every turn. It will take a concerted effort to get back in the good graces of many Baganda, who have of late acquired this complex spline from irreparable suffrage. Laughing it away is unwise, un stately and indeed sadist to say the least. I hope the president will be able to look Bostonians in the eyes when he comes in September and empirically convince them that this ain’t so!
 
 
Tendo
Ugandan in Boston

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  1. Jacob Mutabazi,

    Fellow Ugandans whether living in Uganda or not, Kampala is not a capital city for Buganda but Uganda. The city of Buganda does not reflect what a capital city should be. Please take a trip to Kigali and see what a Kagame has made of a what was not larger than Mukono. By the way I remember Kampala from the sixties and I can TELL YOU THAT KAMPALA WAS NOT DEVELOPED BY THE HANDS OF THE BAGANDA BUT THE UGANDAN INDIANS and those who worked for them. Those were mostly tribes from other parts of Uganda.

    Please let the central government run Kampala for all Ugandas so that when we visit Uganda we can enjoy the beauty the contry had during the 1960s. Mengo has shown how bad they are to running the city. The toilet of your neibours may cause you to vomit if it is too near to you dining rom if it is not kept clean.

    Frustrated Ugandan
    Norway

  2. Mugisha,

    Which city does mengo manage?. Kampala is managed by the central government. Do you think by Renaming Entebbe Kampala will lead to developement? If thegovernment can’t run an airport do you think they will managed a bigger Kampala?.Its a ploy to steal land.

  3. Jacob Mutabazi,

    Hallo fellow Ugandan,

    During the last four years, I have visited most East African countries in the region. I have seen most airports in the region. Entebbe is one of the best airports in East Africa. I remain to see a source that names Kampala as the capital og Buganda. This has been as long as I have lived and also under colonial powers.

  4. Jacob Mutabazi,

    Dear Mugisha,

    If Mengo claims to own Kampala, it is well the work of Mengo to govern Kampala. By the way many Bagandas did vote for for independance and Uganda became a Republic. We Baganda must accept that other tribes will advance and reach the Standard Buganda had reached. If Buganda wants to break away would it not be right that they pay compesation to the other tribes? I think Bagandas blood is of no higher value that the rest of the other people.

  5. Mayiko Makula,

    M7’s unknown motives to take over Kampala lies in questionable balance, especially where Buganda/The Kabaka is involved. May be he was ashamed when he visited Kigali and saw what Kagame has done in small place not bigger than Mukono as most people say. We have seen M7 in the last 23 years as a man who does not honor his words, he changes from one position to another before even observing the fruits or the disasters of his former positions, therefore not learning or eager to learn of any mistakes committed, How can we then support his position of extending Kampala’s borders when his motives are tainted with land grabbing schemes, refusing to hand over Buganda’s pending property, disrespecting land owners and his unknown ideologies of where he is taking the country democratically. M7 is not known to respect the rule nor institutions of law. How can one trust an strife-full hurting politician who has shed colors of not caring about the position of the general public and their opinions thereof, He either knows of how he is going to stay in power or has already hatched up a plan to stay in power, the means of which are very well known to most Ugandans above 18 years of age. In the books of political prophets this sums up to political party suicide as UPC did from Obote to Obote, given the projected future of Buganda and Nrm/0 party. In M7’s simple analysis that “generations to come would have changed and the wounds will be long healed or burried” is a poor strategy for nrm/o and m7 in paticular otherwise we say NRM/O dies with M7 as UPC has not recovered after Obote.

  6. Mayiko Makula,

    M7’s unknown motives to take over Kampala lies in questionable balance, especially where Buganda/The Kabaka is involved. May be he was ashamed when he visited Kigali and saw what Kagame has done in such a small place not bigger than Mukono as most people have observed. We have seen M7 in the last 23 years as a man who does not honor his words, he changes from one position to another before even observing the fruits or the disasters of his former positions, therefore not learning or eager to learn of any mistakes committed, How can we then support his position of extending Kampala’s borders when his motives are tainted with land grabbing schemes, refusing to hand over Buganda’s pending property, disrespecting land owners and his unknown ideologies of where he is taking the country democratically. M7 is not known to respect the institutions nor the rule of law. How can one trust a strife-full hurting politician who has shed colors hatred and has not carred about the position of the general public and their opinions thereof, He either knows of how he is going to stay in power or has already hatched up a plan to stay in power, the means of which are very well known to most Ugandans above 18 years of age. In the books of political prophets this sums up to political party funeral rites as UPC did from Obote to Obote, given the projected future of Buganda and Nrm/0 party. In M7’s simple analysis that generations to come would have changed and the wounds will be long healed or burried is a poor strategy for nrm/o and m7 in particular otherwise we say NRM/O dies with M7 as UPC has not recovered after Obote.

  7. Mayiko Makula,

    M7’s unknown motives to take over Kampala lies in questionable balance, especially where Buganda/The Kabaka is involved. May be he was ashamed when he visited Kigali and saw what Kagame has done in such a small place not bigger than Mukono as most people have observed. We have seen M7 in the last 23 years as a man who does not honor his words, he changes from one position to another before even observing the fruits or the disasters of his former positions, therefore not learning or eager to learn of any mistakes committed, How can we then support his position of extending Kampala’s borders when his motives are tainted with land grabbing schemes, refusing to hand over Buganda’s pending property, disrespecting land owners and his unknown ideologies of where he is taking the country democratically. M7 is not known to respect the institutions nor the rule of law. How can one trust a strife-full hurting politician who has shed colors hatred and has not cared about the position of the general public and their opinions thereof, He either knows of how he is going to stay in power or has already hatched up a plan to stay in power, the means of which are very well known to most Ugandans above 18 years of age. In the books of political prophets this sums up to political party funeral rites as UPC did from Obote to Obote, given the projected future of Buganda and Nrm/0 party. In M7’s simple analysis that generations to come would have changed and the wounds will be long healed or burried is a poor strategy for nrm/o and m7 in particular otherwise we say NRM/O dies with M7 as UPC has not recovered after Obote.

  8. Christine Kaluma,

    Leaders in Uganda must learn to respect majority tribes. I keep on referring to Nigeria because , i remember its Attorney general telling me that nigeria had to make a difficult decision of a New capital From Lagos.
    He had explained to me that the majority tribe of the Yorubas who populated Lagos had expressed disaffectionat forever using lagos as the capital of nigeria. With the good will of yorubas for a long time , the Yorubas had accepted other tribes in Lagos but it was becoming too small for all other tribes to fit in. Not that the land was full, but the indegenous yorubas were finding it difficult to get what they actually wanted due to greed of some politicians who had acquired more than reasobnable shares of property especially land in Lagos.. As a result of Greed of politicians ,who were not Yorubas,rent wa sky rocketing and the ordinary Yoruba peopl efelt oppressed by the non Yorubas who were but Nigerians.
    Out of Courtesy, the Attorney General who was not a yoruba had advised that it would be respectful to the indegenous Yorubas and Ordinary Nigerians to stablish a new capital. Abujja had been built on mutual respect of tribes. beginning with the yorubas. The Yorubas had shared for along time their capital with other nnigerians. It was with Goodwill that apart from thanking the Yorubas who had tolerated other tribes, Nigeria as a nation had to rise to the occasion by taking a higher path and respecting the feelings of one of the majority tribes, the Yorubas. It was not the yoriubas to move, it was Government to Move to create peace and cohesion between tribes.
    It was great relief when Abuja was built and the capital of Nigeria was founded without annoying other indegenously found in the area.
    Uganda should borrow a leaf from Nigeria. IT CREATES LASTING PEACE WITH TRIBES. No one wants Rwanda Tutsi and Hutu hatred that beshamed Africa!
    Why have Ugandans failed to learn from Rwanda experience or the Nigerian Experience that sent tribes to their original tribal lands. IT DOES NOT NEED A WAR FIRST. WITH THE OIL FIND> LET US GET A NEW CITY NOW> BUGANDA HAS BEEN TOLERANT FOR A LONG TIME. THANK YOU BAGANDA FOR BEING ‘ABANTU BALAMU ON YOUR LAND> WE TOOK YOUR KINDNESS FOR GRANTED. THIS MUST STOP> IF UGANDA IS TO BE UNIFIED AND RESPECTFUL TO TRIBES.
    Even Languages of majority three tribes should be taught and used as official Languages. Look at Nigeria with, Hausa , Yoruba and Igbo, the majority tribes. Ugandans must stop only using foreign Languages.. Swahili , English should stay but, independence means having our local Languages NOT SILENT BUT OFFICIALLY RECOGNISED. UGANDANS STOP ENVYING MAJORITY TRIBES!!!. Work in Peace with them. We were all proud of nigerians when other tribes rose to the ocasion of recognising the Majority tribes and respecting the Divrsity of nigeria . Why is uganda afraid to respect the views of the majority tribe.,baganda etc.

  9. Namukwaya Mariam,

    p’ple lets be realistic i’ve never come across any tribe as well coming as we the baganda & thats the price we are paying, lossing land, disrespect for our king and by the way if kampala was under mengo, it would be a better one.
    lets wake up and become protective of what is ours like the Nandi and Karamajongs.

  10. Buyego quraish,

    U kwow that shall be a credit to the next regime when they return kampala to be part of Buganda.I believe that whoever did it to others shall be done to him in revange.

  11. mukasa,

    namukwaya before 1968. extension of kampala’ s borders buganda govt was incharge of places like katwe,mengo,bwaise,natete, collectively called kibuga under lukiiko it lacked any sort of urban planning as can be seen today, due to vested interests of many landlords who were also in lukiiko who only aim was to collect rent but un willing to pay for urban planner, to keep these mengo people happy may be kampala shud be dissolved and declaring all sub counties of wakiso and kampala as municipalities and mukono municipality with full municipality powers and creating L.C 6 to coordinate inter municipality affairs.

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