Step brothers /sisters do not mean much in that jealous and tribalist part of Uganda, Ankole. Amanya Mushega’s step brother, Baraam, was gunned down in a home club in Bushenyi and this man was in an NRA uniform……. Steps in Ankole, be it, mother, father, sister, brother are an unwanted commodity. Ankole is different from Buganda for example as the latter treasures human life. Steps compete for resources, love from parent, and mostly, we do not steps to take our land if we the first children in the home.
Also remember that any illegitimate child in Ankole is the most disadvantaged child there could possibly be in the world. This is how far the Ankole customs go.
A girl child is equated with how many cows she is worth and once she gets illegal children, she would be killed in the past and these days, she gets thrown out of the house, unless she is from an educated and economically sound family. Backward and callous culture, isn’t it!
Ankole values morals more than human beings and the order is reversed for Buganda and that is why if a Munyankole marries a Muganda woman, he is despised as marrying malaaya (prostitute) .And if it is a Munyankole woman marrying a Muganda man, she will be despised for marrying into a thieving tribe(culture). Besides, it hard for many progressive Banyankole to marry their daughter to families without so much land or having no cows. This is seen as a curse right away. These are stereotypes and I hope I will not be stoned for exposing them- they have up to now held me hostage too for it is difficult for one to run away from cultural forces.
Mary Karooro is for example looked upon as if she is a hermit. She can never win the special respect one would get from the place if she was married by Munyankole. She is a sell out by the fact that she married an outsider. Closely, if you look at her home, they neither had cows nor great agricultural enterprises to attract prominent Banyankole- seen as poor or kirofa( once you are poor in Ankole, we term that “dirt” and your children will find it hard to get suitors unless they elope and that way, you undesirably lose cows and respect.Morals and riches among the Banyankole take precedence.
Late Professor John Baingana Baingi de John died because the bottle became part of his culture at any one time of the day. We hail from the same place, next to Karoroo’s family. One of his children is an MD married to an engineer from Nganwa’s family.
Do Baganda and Ugandans ever think of kuwola enzigu? if so, why can’t they all unite and remove a dictator whose soldiers recently , in Sept. 2009, killed their Baganda as they clamored to have the Kabakka visit Kayunga-or the northerners to reject Museveni completely for treating them like pigs in the camps as he (museveni ) colluded with Kony to continue a useless battle that kept the people in the north on 100%level of apprehension as well as attracting sympathy and money from abroad to feed the dictator’s government and his few corrupted individuals outside his family and friends. When will Ugandans say enough is enough with Museven, Who tells the dark skinned Africans that they are ugly as these Karamojong young girls assert ignorantly?
Do you remember the article that run in New Vision. I think last year where this man- minister, Thembo confessed he was a Congolese refugee in Uganda whose family lived on wild game for years? And the criminal who is also a foreigner like Museveni has guts to criticize/condemn the opposition which is seeking electoral justice?
Originally from Bushenyi but living in NewYork