Mmengo Vs Entebbe by far antedates YK Museveni and RM Mutebi. In all probability, it shall outlive them. What will keep hovering around is what I state in my Feb 2009 message on UAH forum viz:I quite certainly think even in future, any likely stiff constipation in the relationship between Buganda and Uganda will be cleared in a manner that will be a re-enactment of 1966, and a mirror image of what Oliver Lyttleton had in mind in 1953…a coup d’etat.
The language that was used by the colonial administrators in relation to the Kabaka of Buganda, in this case Kabaka Mutesa II was “interview”, “summon the Kabaka and educate him”, “bring the Kabaka to his senses”, “acceptance of decisions of future co-operation”, “if he refuses to comply”, “in the interview I shall require the Kabaka”….etc. All those are quotations from a memorandum by the British Colonial secretary, Oliver Lyttelton around the 1953 crisis which as you very well know culminated in the Kabaka being shut out of Buganda.
Alternatively, look back some years earlier at the situation of Kabaka Mutesa II’s grandfather, Kabaka Mwanga, following the events of 24 Jan1892 when a Catholic shot and killed a Protestant at Mengo, all in self-defence. Kabaka Mwanga (himself a Catholic) tried the culprit and duly acquitted him. Capt. Lugard demanded that the catholic be handed to him for trial and execution. Kabaka Mwanga rightly deemed that to be an infringement on his authority and he refused Lugard’s orders. Lugard immediately issued riflesto Protestants, deployed his Sudanese troops with two Maxim guns and by the time the “negotiation” dust settled, the Kabaka with his Catholic followers were out of Mengo, on to Bulingugwe Island at the mouth of Murchison Bay, where they were flushed out, running on to Bukoba.
Read carefully that TOP SECRET document written by the British Minister for colonies (or Secretary for Colonies) …and you will be able to understand the real relationship between Buganda and Britain. That memorandum spells out clearly what was in plan for Buganda had Kabaka Mutesa not boarded the plane on 30th November 1953…[‘panda ndege’] The memorandum gives a clear military plan for dealing with any eventualities…recall that 13 years later, Kabaka Mutesa maintained the same attitude towards the post-colonial government but this time, AM Obote had no mother country like Andrew Cohen, where to send the Kabaka to cool off. ‘Panda Ndege’ was no longer feasible! The dogs were unleashed on him outright….the rest is as much of history as it hysteria.
I quite certainly think even in future, any likely stiff constipation in the relationship between Buganda and Uganda will be cleared in a manner that will be a re-enactment of 1966, and a mirror image of what Oliver Lyttleton had in mind in 1953…a coup d’etat.
Lance Corporal (Rtd) Otto Patrick