BY DR.EDWARD KAYONDO VIA UAH FORUM
To me it all begins with the fact that the Kingdom is bound to loose its grip even more with the generations to come for lack of relevancy. Historically there was a reason to be part of a strong Kingdom and part of it was fear of reprisal if you didn’t support the King or the hope of getting financial gains part of which was land. Apart from Land the other main pride the bakopi have for the kingdom is the cultural practices which are also being degraded with time.
Steeping back a little I also can argue that the so called Buganda land is individually owned by different entities in the Kingdom including the royals and other powerful entities in the kingdoms, which means that the benefits a mukopi will get from Buganda re-acquiring this land are still a mystery to me.
So to me the story of Buganda land issues is a story of one of a few remaining Kingdoms in Africa, one that I am proud to be part of, a Kingdom that has its one of the two remaining valuable assets being systematically sold off to the highest bidder, a Kingdom that is now more so concerned with power and financial gain at the expense of culture and historical preservation.
The government as a leech to Buganda property was on the other side a custodian of Buganda property as many Bakopi like me tend to address these individually owned pieces of land. My main concern is that as these individuals get what belongs to them ( ironically a self defeating point to my discussion) there will be no reason why they cant turn around and sell this land to the highest bidders which most likely its going to be the rich and famous in Uganda, most likely not within the Baganda and with these legal transactions the Kingdom will find its self even much weaker and less relevant to the bakopi who are the bedrock of its existence.
We all know all men are not equal in all Kingdoms , and we all know depending on who you are the benefits are different. That’s why many baganda don’t have land while others do. Some one referred to it as those who don’t have being jealousy and another member gave an examples where squatters who included Baganda were kicked of some land.
Pride is what the Bakopi benefit, pride to be a muganda, pride to share history of once a very powerful kingdom in Africa, Pride nothing more.
Now in todays world, when one has no financial benefit their royalty is on a short and weak string. Baganda have not proved to be so royal when money gets in the mix. The kingdom has no financial incentives I know of todate to excite the bakopi in particular. So then Pride is the savior of the kingdom, unlike the past times where Kings could use threats, weapons, gifts to bring people into submission this era is a different one. That’s why the Kingdom leadership is pushing towards a Federo system for some power to control its people but this was immunized in the constitution as they are banned from holding any political position.
Now as I see it if the Kingdom take building Bugandas pride back as its main goal which will entail preservation of History and Culture they have a much better chance of strengthening the Kingdom.Now that’s where the Land issue comes in, Land is the cultural bedrock of the Kingdom, and my worry is that what is regarded as Bugandas land is disappearing at a very first rate in the middle of the night. The government as a custodian of Buganda land had a siphone on the rate of disappearance, when it gives this up, I only hope that Buganda has a plan at least where the rate of disappearance can be controlled.
I am Proud to be a Muganda, my son however cares less, he sees no relevance of the Kingdom in his life , my grandkids who will most likely be mothered by a pretty American girl will even be father away from the kingdom that’s why I have a feeling that I will be the last Muganda standing in my nuclear family.
Occasionally my theories on this forum have been wrong, and I hope and pray that this one is wrong too.