The Kingdom of Buganda is still very much relevant today.


The gentleman viewing the body of Sir Edward Mutesa II is the late Robert Muwanga - he was the father of the current Auditor General of Uganda, John Muwanga.

The gentleman viewing the body of Sir Edward Mutesa II is the late Robert Muwanga – he was the father of the current Auditor General of Uganda, John Muwanga.

The Kingdom of Buganda is still very much relevant today. The reason why the Kingdom looks irrelevant to some people is that post-colonial Uganda was created and developed superficially without considering pre-colonial organization of Uganda politically, culturally and socially.

Take a quick look here how Uganda was organized before the arrival of people such as Captain Lugard, Grant, Speke, Sir Samuel Baker and the likes:

-The Batembuzi (sounds like killer of goats) the harbingers or pioneers whose reign dates back to the height of Africa’s Bronze Age.
-The Bacwezi Dynasty credited with the founding of the ancient empire of Kitara.
-The Babito Dynasty which followed the Bachwezi dynasty under Omukama of Bunyoro
-The counties of Orusi, Parombo and Okworo which pledges allegiance to Rwoth Nga (Nga means who in the Alur/Jonam language). The Alur people have even attempted to integrate all Alur chiefdoms into confederation with Jobi (buffalo) as the head.
-The small Kingdom of Toro which survive many tumultuous years in its infancy but eventually curved itself an island of goodwill and enjoyed peace and prosperity for a century.
-The Kingdom of Buganda founded by Kato Kintu from the Nile region in 1300 has survived many onslaughts and still going stromh.
-The Isebantu Kyabazinga of Busoga who brought and continues to bring his people together.

The reason why Uganda continues to suffer identity crisis is the failure to recognize, accept and respect its past. No society has ever survived without acknowledging and respecting its own past however primitive and backward it was and continues to be. The Obotes, Kinyattas, Nyereres, Kuandas and Bandas wanted to transform Africa into modern too quickly and that is why we continue to have failed states on the continent every year. The Republic of South Sudan is a classic example..it has failed only after two years of coming into existence. The President two days ago dismissed his entire cabinet!!

DR.ORYEMA JOHNSON
USA

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  1. Edmund Lubega,

    “The reason why Uganda continues to suffer identity crisis is the failure to recognize, accept and respect its past. No society has ever survived without acknowledging and respecting its own past however primitive and backward it was and continues to be. The Obotes, Kinyattas, Nyereres, Kuandas and Bandas wanted to transform Africa into modern too quickly and that is why we continue to have failed states on the continent every year…..”

    I would re-word that quote slightly by saying that Obote and his comrades wanted to transform Africa while despising and ignoring the foundation of our cultural heritage and history. I do not think that the problem was in the pace that they had adopted but in the false foundation they were building the New Africa on. If they had the right foundation we could have moved at supersonic speed – just like the Asian Tigers have done.

  2. “The Kingdom of Buganda is still very much relevant today.” So states Dr. Oryema Johnson. Actually, so are the other Kingdoms of Uganda; thanks to President Yoweri K. Museveni.
    When the Kingdoms were abolished by the UPC government led by President Apollo milton Obote in 1967 there was sadness. Certainly some could have asked themselves how they could live without their Kings! Over the years the people of Uganda had gotten used to the idea of a ‘Republic’ and that of the Kingdoms was fading.
    The war that eventually removed the UPC government and the entire establishment had affected the populace beyond words. When the NRM reinstated the Kings and the Kingdoms, many people from the ‘former’ Kingdoms felt like the abandoned children whose parents had eventually returned home.
    The hardships felt by the people in the Kingdoms of Uganda especially in Buganda, breeds ideas that the King would provide better for his Kingdom, than the President of Uganda who has to distribute every little to the entire Republic of Uganda.
    During the creation of Uganda, Buganda was governed as ‘a State within the state of Uganda’. Where and how did that go wrong? Is there a posibility that one day Uganda will reverse the clock and be what it used to be? Should we not build on what we have today to achieve tranquility and progress for our country, Uganda?

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