Sir Edward was not only a British trained military officer, but was an instructor himself in the Grenadier Guards

On 30th Nov 1953, when the Governor Sir Andrew Cohen surmoned Sir Edward Muteesa to Government House in Entebbe, after Sir Edward refused to budge from the numerous threats made towards him, Sir Cohen handed him the deportation order. Without looking at it, Sir Edward passed it over to his Katikkiro, Owek. Paulo Kavuma, and kept on staring at the Governor. He (Sir Edward) just calmly asked them, “Does this mean that I am under arrest?” The Governor hissed out, “Yes”. Two white constables then walked in to take away the Kabaka. He then allowed them to walk him out of the office. Upon reaching outside, his deputy ADC, Robert Ntambi (RIP) being concerned over the safety of his Kabaka asked him, “Ssebo, nkube?”, meaning “Sir, should I shoot the bastards?” Sir Edward being the Royal and British trained military personnel he was, replied calmly with wisdom and guidance, “Tokuba, baleke” meaning “Just let the poor souls be!”

Please note that Sir Edward himself was armed with a revolver which he later handed over to the accompanying British officer in the aeroplane when they were already airborne, and could have done a Terrance Hill to those two poor souls, but he couldn’t kill an innocent man.

Sir Edward was not only a British trained military officer, but was an instructor himself in the Grenadier Guards. As you might guess, British Army is not some ‘’taka taka’ African army where some officer might be made an instructor simply because of some top connections. Sir Edward was worthy his pips and medals. Sir Edward though still a minor, had the advantage of receiving lectures from his father; the late Sir Daudi Chwa II. It was not just by chance that he was made the 35th Kabaka of Buganda

I live by the truth, and that is part of the true history of our kingdom Buganda.Katikkiro of Obwakabaka bw’e Buganda brought light not only to Buganda, but to the rest of Uganda, Kenya and Rwanda! Thanks to Buganda’s Katikkiro Kawalya, not only Buganda is enjoying NWSC services, but the whole of Ugandan towns. Thanks to Buganda’s Katikkiro Mukasa, not only Buganda is enjoying the benefits of Islam and Christianity, but the whole of Uganda and the region including Rwanda, Burundi and Boga-Zaire (East DRC). Buganda is a key player in the development of our Region, from establishing religion, nagging the British with independence to introducing electricity and piped water and sewerage system!

‘I remember even when the then Katikkiro of Buganda, owek. Michael Kawalya, proposed to the British Protectorate government to introduce a piped water grid system and hydro electricity in the country, a great section of the population threatened to stone him to ‘death’. They asked him whether the lake Nnalubaale and the various brooks and streams in Buganda had run dry. All the masses wanted (they told him) was Independence from the Lukokobe – Muzungu!’

You have well heard of the Kiganda saying that; “Okwogera ennyo, ssi kuzza Lubaale!” In other words, even if you play and dance TWIST, it won’t help you to bring back the Bazungu wish of stiffling Buganda and the region!

The problems between Bazungu (this includes Indians and British citizens who were living in East Africa at the time) and Baganda might have started with Sir Hesketh Bell, but th…is does not erase the history that as per the 1894 and 1900 Agreements, Buganda was treated as a Sovereign State, and that is why Buganda and later Uganda was NEVER a Colony! Amazima gakaawa but non-Baganda should appreciate Buganda’s role in preventing their regions from becoming a colony, as was the case with Kenya and Tanzania! I shall repeat once more, Buganda has perfected the art of negotiating since time immemorial, that is why the Arabs and British explorers cum traders found it in an asdvanced stage, because Baganda knew the value of negotiating! Even the wars that were fought by Buganda and her neighbours, negotiations were not ruled out

Simply because of Olunyoomonyoomo lwa Bazungu that was evident with the coming of Hesketh Bell on the scene, we are not going to accept our history to be re-written. Buganda was a Sovereign State while other regions looked on, but just like a good teacher who doesn’t wish to see part of the class advancing while the rest is lagging behind, Buganda tried to move in step with the rest of the regions, at her expense. Otherwise we would have got our independence in the 1930s. Ever heard of the Buganda organisation called Bataka Union – BU, that was headed by a one Ssemakula Mulumba? Those men were not jokers!

You very well know that in the past, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda have enjoyed a long history of co-operation under successive kingdom and regional integration arrangements. Kingdom in that Bunyoro-Kitara and Buganda kingdoms were trade partners way deep up to Karagwe in Tanzania and then westwards. With the negotiations between the British and Buganda that brought about the Uganda (Buganda) British Protectorate in 1894 and the Buganda Agreement of 1900, more developmental initiatives were introduced. These have included the Customs Union between Kenya and Uganda in 1917, which the then Tanganyika later joined in 1927; the East African High Commission (1948-1961); the East African Common Services Organisation (1961-1967) which was tasked with pst office, railways, airways, ports and harbours; and research. The East African Community was formed later in 1967 and lasted until 1977.

The East African High Commission sparked off what was later to become the 1953-55 Buganda Crisis. Why? Because the British in their arrogance formed it without consulting Buganda thru its Great Lukiiko in Mmengo, as per the Agreements in place. Buganda just learnt about it through the media, and to add salt to injury, this son of a Briton called Oliver Lyttelton announces at an exclusive party tha was held at the East Africa House how Britain is going to federate the three East African Countries just like they had done with Northern Rhodesia and Nyasaland (Malawi). The rest is history, but bottom line: Buganda affairs before were in the Foreign Office okutuusa abalabe baffe lwe baatukwatirwa obuggya! And even then, if you persist on the disinformation, the demand for Buganda to be returned to the British Foreign Office shows the foresightedness of our forefathers and the kingdom as a whole. Hate it or love it, if it weren’t for Buganda negotiators, Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania would now be like Zimbabwe or South Africa! The choice is yours. Please, give the Devil his due!!!


1/7 If you chanced to access a Top Secret memorandum C. (53) 324 written by the British Secretary of State (Minister) for the colonies to the British cabinet on 18th November 1953, you would learn that HM EF Mutesa II had very few options when he was summoned by Andrew Cohen for interview.

2/7 The governor (Cohen) already had instructions to ensure that Kabaka Mutesa complied with instructions to leve the country. The memorandum stated that, “If the Kabaka refuses to come to this country to see me then I propose to authorize the Governor to put into operation the plan described in paragraph 6 above.”

3/7 Para 6 of the memorandum was a detailed military plan (referred to by Secretary Lyttleton as “extreme action”) that was supposed to be executed from the day of the Kabaka Mutesa/Governor Cohen meeting (30.11.1953) to 8.12.1953.

4/7 Note that on 16th November 1953 4th Battalion K.A.R started moving back to Jinja from Kenya ready for military operations in Buganda “in support of the police” to carry out what the memorandum called a coup d’etat had the Kabaka tried to

“…embark on an open trial of strength with Her Majesty’s Government.”

5/7 That “Top Secret” memorandum in part states that, “General Erskine has agreed to make available one battalion of the King’s African Rifles which is now moving into Uganda ostensibly as a routine transfer. He has also agreed to have a reserve battalion on standing by at three days’ notice but if this or any further reinforcements were called upon he might have to ask additional assistance from the United Kingdom.”

6/7 So then, Kabaka Mutesa was alot wiser than you can possibly imagine, by avoiding any childish action of the type that you call “Terrance Hill”. Had he tried, he would probably have been subjected to an emotional experience that would have denied him the chance to see 1966, itself a continuation of the 1953 intransigence.

7/7 The difference between 1966 and 1953 was, that Governor Cohen had alot more manoeuvrability than AM Obote, otherwise the basic plan was the same. Cohen had plan A and B. Plan A worked and that saved the day. AM had only Plan A, namely, Cohen’s Plan B, a Zero sum game.
L/Cpl (rtd) Otto Patrick



2 Comments so far. Leave a comment below.
  1. Jessica Nakawombe,

    King Freddie.

    Rev. Jessica

    Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go. (Joshua 1:9)

    Date: Mon, 20 May 2013 00:06:20 +0000 To:

  2. tom,

    exaggeration here, to make yourself feel good

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