Father of the Nation is an honorific title given to a man considered the driving force behind the establishment of his country, state, or nation.In postcolonial Africa, “father of the nation” was a title used by many leaders both to refer to their role in the independence movement as a source of legitimacy, and to use paternalist symbolism as a source of continued popularity. On Joseph Stalin’s seventieth birthday in 1949, he was bestowed with the title “Father of Nations” for his establishment of “people’s democracies” in countries occupied by the USSR after World War II.
Most UPCs bestow this tittle on Obote but the right person in this aspect is Sir Edward Mutesa II because of his contribution to our independence. Obote contributed very little to our independence. His UPC faction was a result of separating away from ANC and he wouldnt have been popular if he hadnt allied with the Kabaka Yekka. He wouldnt even have become PM if he hadnt got the support of Sir Edward Mutesa II. Uganda would have become independent with or without Obote’s input.
King Freddie, on the other hand, made a difference. He is a man of values who stood up to everything he believed in, every moral, every righteousness that he preached, he made an effort to live that. He was the main key behind the establishment of our nation.Virtually every Ugandan knows that he was the first President of Uganda.By many accounts, merely seeing Mutesa was enough to convince most men and women that he was the leader of the nation. Isn’t that sufficient for us?