UGANDANS LET US TRANSCEND ETHNIC DIFFERENCES TO BUILD A STRONG NATIONAL POLITICAL BASE


Ido respect people’s  opinion to build a united Uganda that trascends all ethenic differences.
The biggest haddle that has prevented this to happen is the methodology.
When ever you build a house you must have a strong foundation,the foundation in this situation is the constituion and this should be made up of avery strong mix of cemment,sand  and aggregate.
the equivalent of the latter are views that were collected from a cross section of Ugandans.It is this cement to be used in uniting or forming strong bonds between the  bricks that simblize the different tribes of Uganda in there natural settings without disturbing inner settings called culture, envetualy this becomes a. Strong wall called unity.
Un fortunately this is constantly changed by opportunistic politicians that I would comnfertably refer to as,” the engineer Kamyufus”.These guys are always there to paddle there personal intrest,we have witnessed  numerous times our constitution has been changed from its original political engineering design.What we have now is a fake  mortar that has wrong mix it cannot cause unity or strong bonds that will keep Uganda together.One would rigthly ask that what can we we do?The ans is 2011 is a round the cornner,the site is not levelled to make our job easy,we know the companies that a bidding for the job of reconstructing Uganda to fulfil our dream of  One nation with all its people equal and loving and we also know the company that has destroyed this dream.
Best of Luck.
Joseph Magandazi
FDC USA
One Uganda one people.

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  1. ugandansatheart,

    Joseph Magandazi,

    I could not agree more with your analogy on unity below. You wrote:

    “Whenever you build a house you must have a strong foundation. The foundation in this situation is the Constitution and this should be made up of a very strong mix of cement,sand and aggregate. The equivalent of the latter are views that were collected from a cross section of Ugandans(by the Odoki Constitution Commission). It is this cement to be used in uniting or forming strong bonds between the bricks that symbolise the different tribes of Uganda in their natural settings without disturbing inner settings called culture, eventually this becomes a strong wall called unity”.

    Constant recognition of peoples sense of identity and loyalty to their culture is absolutely imperative in drawing the constitution of unity. The Odoki Constitution Commission found that the majority of Ugandans want a federal system of government. Behind the aspirational push for federalism lies the desire that government should be responsive and corresponsive to culture and identity.

    Therefore, a genuine constitution of national unity has to derive and conform to the “natural settings” of the various communities that call themselves Ugandans “without disturbing the inner core of their culture”. To achieve this high level of local autonomy we need a federal constitution, that will draw from and derive its authority from the people, their culture and communities.

    A Federal Constitution defines the sharing of power between the central government and the regional states. The anatomy of the regional state or kingdom will depend on its culture. This is the major difference between authentic federalism and the Regional Tier System that is proposed by the NRMO government. The RTS assumes that the central government is the benefactor which devolves power to the regions. Whereas a Federal Constitution recognises that power derives from the people in their “natural settings” of culture; and because they want to unite, must share some of that power with a Central Government in order for that unity to happen.

    Kingdoms and other forms of regional identity permutations should form the basis of unity in Uganda. This should also provide the foundation for a constitution, a federal constitution. These will also determine the basis for local government based on devolution of power by each kingdom or regional authority to yet lower level(s) of government, that corresponds presumably with clans. The Constitution should guarantee that all kingdoms and regional authorities (states) must pursue democratic form of government.

    Electoral representation for all levels of government is also another very important means of eliciting and preserving unity. Electoral boundaries whether for national parliament and government or for kingdom and regional state legislatures and government, the Great Lukiiko, etc, should correspond and be coterminous with boundaries of natural communities or sub clans or groups of related whole sub-clans. Gerrymandering, or the process whereby electoral boundaries are deliberately modified or distorted to achieve desired electoral results can also be a major cause of disunity in the local community apart from eroding the quality of democratic representation.

    Regards

    Pilipo Oruni

  2. ugandansatheart,

    It is ironical that we have to keep using our ethnic tags such as Baganda, Acholis, Langis, Sogas, Ankores, Karimojong and Itesos ect in our national politics. Our leaders have unfortunately failed to unite us as Ugandans and have instead fueled ethnic or tribal tags at a time when Africa is moving toward an African Union and the world is moving forward to global unity.

    I am not advocating that we should abandon or forget our cultures and traditions or our ethnic backgrounds. We are what we are but as rational, political animals (beings if you will), we must rise beyond ethnic limitations and the troubles they bring upons us and others, especially when we become fanatic about these external transient states.

    Our African-American brothers and sisters in America (who fortunately or unfortunately because of the wits and folly of their former slave masters were forced to forget their African cultures and languages to the extent that over the 400 years of slavery, none of them speak any African dialect or language), were able to fight for their civil liberties only because they were and are united as a people even though originally they belonged to so many different African ethnicities as descendants of African slaves from different African tribes.

    We modern Africans must remember and know that African-Americans came from so may African tribes or ethnicities speaking entirely different dialects and languages. Today they speak no African Language. English became their only language, fortunately or unfortunately one might say.

    I have yet to find any African Americans who speak Lugbara, Ateso, Luganda, Yoruba or Zulu languages. The only four or five African-Americans I have encountered (during my decades of visiting and living in American) who speak Luganda do so only because they spent five years in Uganda, notably at Sseesamirembe City.

    Of course there may be other African-Americans who speak some native African dialects. I know they might be somewhere but the point am making is that modern Africans need to transcend tribal or ethnic tags in the development of their national politics in the noble name of national unity if we are to come to peaceful resolutions of natuonal issues and overcome challenges as we evolve into modern democracies in a fast changing world.

    There is no reason why today in the new millenium, we still have to speak in terms of Gandas and Acholis; or Langis and Sogas; and Kiga or Itesos.etc in our national social and political affairs.

    Uganda as a nation must rise beyond ethnic differences while celebrating them by enocuarging the preservation of our cultures and traditions that are appropriate and do not infringe upon any people’s civil liberties and human rights.

    In this respect, Uganda and Kenya should take the good example of Tanzania where the people have for decades now focused upon the national rather than on their tribal differences. We should place being Ugandans first and foremost as opposed to being Gisus, Gandas, Sogas, Ankores, Langis, Karimojong or Lugbaras, Bakigas or Acholis etc.

    Nobert Mao or Jjunju-Migyiro; Tugume or Nekyon; Madada or Pulkol it does not matter who is elected to head any national political party in Uganda. In the same way, it does not matter who is elected president of our country as long as such election is not based on tribe or ethnic group.

    The same thing goes with voting. I would vote for any Ugandan irrespective of ethnic background as long as I find him or her worthy of my vote. What do I mean? Whoever it is that I would cast my vote for must have at least seven of the following points:

    a) Must be an adult female or male Ugandan.
    b) Must be a married citizen with biological children to ensure that he or she has planted seeds to procreate the human race.
    c) Must be sane and civilized. By civilized I do not mean educated. There are many educated people who are not civilized at all. You can tell by their actions past, present or future.
    d) Must be able to speak at least one native dialect or language and one regional or international language..
    e) Must have no convicted criminal record.
    f) Must demonstrate a spirit of nationalism, espousing national unity above tribal or ethnic fragmentation.
    g) Must show a Marshal Plan for the eradication of poverty from our country and promote African unity as one nation.
    h) Must work for the growth, development and preservation of our national heritage in the areas of culture and tradition; education and health; trade and commerce; promotion of inter-tribal or ethnic relations and focus on the development of African genius creativity in the development of science and technology.

    Whoever has seven of the above points would be worthy of my vote. Speaking about different ethnic groups and how they are naturally intertwined, the Perfect Born-Saint HIG Bambi Baaba Baabuwee told the Kabaka of Buganda January 15, 1986 the following words which I will strive to translate where possible:

    Oba gundi Mucholi, ky’ali naawe ky’Oli. (If one is an Acholi, what he is is what you are)
    Oba Mutoro, bwe mutoora mu kibya ekimu (If one is a Toro, you eat from the same plate).
    Oba Mulango, mwenna bwe muli abaana ab’Olulango (if one is a Langi, together you all are children of the same Source -the sacred Umbilical cord).
    Oba Mukongo, naye yakongoka awo ku lulera lwe lumu (If one is a Congolese, like you, he too was cut from the same umbilical cord).
    Oba Munyankore, bwe mwajja mwnna mu nsi enkole mukolemu ebirungi (If one is an Ankore, together you all came into the created world to do good)
    Oba oli Muchina, ky’ayina naawe ky’oyina (If one is Chinese, what he has is what you have- same physical body with two eyes, brians, ears a tongue and teeth and two legs etc)

    “Now,” the Living Saints told His Majesty Ronald Mutebi II, “if that is the case, there is no reason for discriminating people because of their ethnic differences, We all are children of the same One Supreme Being.”

    Fellow Ugandans, let us promote national identity in the midst of our ethnic backgrounds for the good of the human race based upon the understanding we are one; with one Source amnd common destiny in the Supreme Father of all souls.

    Nteruzi-Beruki-Tandi
    Madison County, VA, USA.

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