Category KINGDOMS

The Vatican is on a 109 acre land, smaller than the Lubiri but they’ve done better!


Far right Apolo Kagwa, second right Daudi Chwa (since he was born 1897, should we date the photo ca. 1915?), and in the background next to Chwa, Stanislaus Mugwanya. Who knows the names of the white men?
Collection Makerere University main library, Africana section.

Milk shakes come in all flavors, you can basically mix whatever you want add some milk and call it a milk shake. Looking a head the issue of who is a muganda will be a definition of a milk shake. We are up to a point where the lineage cannot be defined.This brings me to the issue of the Lubiri. I grew around this perimeter and I revered it together with the Bulange. It so happens that the Kingdom is so engrossed in collecting funds and they are putting the issue of maintaining the tribal aspects on the side. By the way I think you can definitely do both.

Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi as a youth


My idea of the Lubiri will be a big museum of the kingdom, to put it better the enclosure can be used to create the liking of a Vatican, a state within in a state. This will not only reduce the expense of the kingdom but it will consolidate all the aspects of the kingdom in one prime spot. The sky is the limit as to what can be done in an enclosure like that, ranging from using Luganda as the only language when you step in fence , Buganda banks ,school , a post office for each clan, let you minds roll. This can all be done in the concept that monies can even be collected, a hotel, in the enclosure, a function hall. I mean take all the Buganda kingdom and start running its business in one place. The result will be that with the concentration of all activities the pride to the kingdom will be restored and somehow we can preserve our history. Let us have a library for each and every king.

For those who think this is farfetched, Information from wikpedia.org copied below illustrates how the Vatican works.

The Vatican is on a 109 acre land, smaller than the Lubiri. The Vatican City has its own post office, fire brigade, police service, commissary (supermarket), bank (the automatic teller machines are the only ones in the world to offer customers service in Latin, among other languages), railway station, electricity generating plant, and publishing house. The Vatican also controls its own Internet domain (.Va), it has the Vatican Radio.

This unique, non-commercial economy is also supported financially by contributions (known as Peter’s Pence) from Catholics throughout the world, the sale of postage stamps and tourist mementos, fees for admission to museums, and the sale of publications. The incomes and living standards of lay workers are comparable to, or somewhat better than, those of counterparts who work in the city of Rome.

The Vatican City issues its own coins. It has used the euro as its currency since January 1,1999, owing to a special agreement with the EU (council decision 1999/98/CE). Euro coins and notes were introduced in January 1, 2002. Due to its rarity, Vatican euro coins are highly sought by collectors. Until the adoption of the Euro, Vatican coinage and stamps were denominated in their own Vatican lira currency, which was on par with the Italian lira.
It also has its own bank, Istituto per le Opere di Religione (also known as the Vatican Bank, and with the acronym IOR).

Budget: Revenues (2003) $252 million; expenditures (2003) $264 million.
Industries: printing and production of few mosaics and staff uniforms; worldwide banking and financial activities.

· Almost all of Vatican City’s 932 citizens live inside the Vatican’s walls. The Vatican citizenry consists mainly of clergy, including high dignitaries, priests, nuns, as well as the Swiss Guard. There are also about 3,000 lay workers who comprise the majority of the Vatican work force, but who reside outside the Vatican. All of the City’s citizens are Roman Catholic and Roman Catholicism is, rather obviously, the State religion of the country. There are no other places of worship inside the Vatican City other than private Catholic Chapels and St Peter’s Basilica.

·The official language is Latin. Italian and, to a lesser extent, other languages are generally used for most conversations, publications, and broadcasts. German is the official language of the Swiss Guard. The Vatican’s official website languages are Italian, German, English, French, Spanish, and Portuguese.

In this world you either evolve or die. The thinking of those who govern the Buganda kingdom is locked in the past, it won’t be long when all those who call them selves Baganda will all be different brands of Milk shakes.

For God and My Country.

Dr.Eddie Kayondo, M.D
UAH member in USA

Had Museveni attacked Mengo, would Mumbere have shown up?


The problem is not about the kingdoms it is about Ugandans. When the population in Mukura gets boiled in train wagons, the people in Kasese do not worry about it for Kasese is a free land. They forget that the reason why the people of Mukura got boiled is because the government its self is a killer. There is not a single parent, a politician, a church leader let alone community leader that rose up from Barlonyo to condemn the killing of our people in Luwero, not even one. They thought at a time that the people in Luwero died for they were bad people, they forgot that the government its self was a killer. It ended up going after them too. And I opine that had the people of Barlonyo stood up an defended us when we were being killed, they would have saved their own lives for the government would stop killing us. The problem is so large that Abbey Semuwemba does not get upset for a Ugandan has been murdered, he gets a upset for a Moslem has been murdered. That is the danger in the true Uganda reasoning.

I have lost very many friends, some of them right from this city to The Movement. And they have made a whack of money out of the Movement. But you and I know that as soon as The movement does not need you it kills you. Yet everyone plays Mr. smart of I will be the only one that do not get killed. I was surprised that the murdering of Ugandans in Ombacci was never raised by Ugandans, it remained a secret to a point that even the people that were born in West Nile refused to raise the death of their very own people. Do you know how Ombacci was made public? A very serious Ugandan out of this country, flew into Sudan with a pile of doctors and politicians, they did a study by visiting those that survived the Acholi massacre, the international community documented the Acholi atrocities, and then it still remained a private matter in Uganda. So the international community documented the massacre in West Nile but Uganda society did not print it on Uganda papers.

The very first time the Ombacci genocide was made public was during the Acholi series when I decided to out it publicly. That was the first time that massacre took rounds in Uganda forums. Other words no Ugandan saw a value into posting it. ->And boy was I threatened?

Museveni continues to kill Ugandans for they only complain when their parents or members of family are killed and as soon they burry them the rest of family keeps quiet and asks for money to steal.

EDWARD MULINDWA VIA UAH FORUM

Buganda Land Board’s Legal Status explained!


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BY GEORGE OKELLO
LONDON

1. BLB is a legal entity that acts as an administrative arm of the Buganda kingdom, which I believe, is a legal entity recognised by the Ugandan Constitution. It is the equivalent of a department or section in a private Company.
2. BLB is agent of Buganda Kingdom and its powers and privileges are limited to the extent that the rights and privileges of the Buganda Kingdom are described in the Uganda Constitution.
3. BLB has no jurisdiction over land in Uganda or any other matter over land outside of those lands designated as property of the Buganda Kingdom.
4. BLB has no locus standing over national land issues, except only to the extent to which it is permitted to do so either by delegated legislation or where it is in conformity with its duties and responsibilities as the agent of the Buganda Kingdom.
5. BLB can sue or be sued in its capacity as agent of the Buganda Kingdom.
6. BLB is mandated to obey national laws regarding ownership, transfer and regulation of land. It must not breach any rights, obligations or privileges granted to it by Stautory land Laws.
7. BLB is subject to both the civil and criminal jurisdiction of the laws of Uganda.

PS:

1. The BLB is likely to get into dispute with several lease-holders in the years to come. This partcularly applies to people who obtained leases in the period 1967-1995 when Museveni’s Land Act was passed, the effect of which was to reverse President Obote’s nationalisation of properties previously belonging to Kingdoms and Colonial Chiefs under Colonial arrangements contained in the Buganda Kingdom of 1900, and the Uganda Independence Settlement of 1962.
2. The BLB is likely to get into legal disputes to people who acquired leases, rights or entitlements to Buganda Lands which were sequestrated under Mr Idi Amin’s Land reform Decree of 1975.
5. Of specific interest or concern will be the compensation to be awarded to people who acquired lease, licenses and entitlements in good faith in the period 1967-1999 and who have subsequently made developments on the land worth several millions of dollars in today’s money.

THIS IS THE FATHER OF THE NATION!


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.
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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?

Mayimuna Nabagereka

Buganda’s Magna Carta!


Almighty close to the same time the Magna Carta was being written, a Group of about 14 strong or so under the Chairman of Kintu met at Nnono in Busujju and set out to write Buganda’s Unwritten Constitution. Like the British Counter Part, the Constitution Promulgated the Creation of an Executive, A Judiciary, and a Legislature and a Defense Force.

The Executive.

This was headed by the King ( Kabaka) King Mother ( Namasole) Prime Minister ( Katikkiro) Parliament ( Lukiiko), a Hieracacy of Appointed Chiefs ( Abakungu) from Ssaza, through Gombolola, Miruka down to Batongole. And there was a House of Lords ( Abataka) though, unlike the British, these are Hereditary and are appointed independently by the Clans. These are the ones who kept the Kingdom going when the Appointed Govt. Was destroyed at the Massacre at Mengo.

Every Clan was given a specific role to play so that everyone through his clan, feels part of the system.

The Judiciary.

Jusice was cadministered through Ebitawuluzi ( Local Courts) with provision to appeal through the Katikkiro right up to the Kabaka. And if still not satisfied, one could appeal to Amaduuda ( Supreme Court of Appeal). Over time, other Courts such as that of Kasujju Lubinga of the Lugave clan (to try Members of the Royal Family), Kisekwa, ( to resolve Clan disputes) and Omutaka Kibaale of the Mpeewo Clan who tries the Kabaka (and acts as Regent when the Kabaka goes to the warpath).

Yes. Even the Kabaka of Buganda can be tried. In Traditional Buganda, the Kabaka used to send his children to stay with Commoners so that they get the feel. Daudi Chwa, father of Muteesa, sent the young prince to stay with a chief called Mugwanya. The young boy thought he had bern disowned by getting sent out of the Palace. He reported his father to Kibaale who summoned and tried the Kabaka. The Kabaka lost the case and was ordered to pay the aggrieved prince a cow.

Defense

Although there was no standing Army, there was Omujaasi ( Army Commander) and an Admiral of the Navy ( Gabunga of the Mamba Clan).

Education

And then, there were the Education and Leadership Training Centres (Ebisaakaate ) which existed at every Chiefs Residence, and in the Kabaka’s Palace where Abagalala n’Abasebeyi ( pages) learnt the ropes. The most famous of those who rose through this was Katikkiro Gulemye Kaggwa who was a Page at Ssekabaka Mwanga Basammula’s Court. So were the Uganda Martyrs. The, Naabagereka has re established the Kisaakaate.

Taxes

Taxes were collected by the Chiefs in the form of Envujjo n’Obusuulu and taken to Enkuluze ( Treasury). Infact, what the Katikkiro is doing in the form of Ettoffaali is nothing new. The only difference is that he comes to collect it instead of the Chiefs taking it to him.

All this came to an end ( a temporary end) at about down on tuesday the 24th of May 1966.

From: Lumudjk

Taming the political beast in all of us, Katikiro Mayiga walks a tight line of demonstrable success


Fellow Ugandans,

If success is measured by the turn out at a well-organized event in Marlboro Massachusetts – the organizers of this Katikiro Gala deserve a round of applause. The ambiance was perfect for a bugle call to bring back the sharpness that was once associated with Buganda of old.

Our honorable guests walked a well-rehearsed tight rope of being apolitical in a climate that had icons who were so used to asking bold and poignant questions to Ugandan leaders who visited Boston. The late Honorable Kategaya was once been asked by Bostonians to recite the NRM’s ten point program and to give account as to how far they’d come to fulfill its promise and when he answered arrogantly, he was booed.

Folks in Boston always felt duty bound to raise issues that seemed blatantly neglected by government and they were among the few who never shied away from holding members of the ruling class accountable and obsessed about the lack of fulfilling campaign promises made to the country, above all they never failed to elicit from authorities a sense of direction their beloved nation was being steered!

In attendance were our elders who’d given Ugandan Bostonians that tough no nonsense reputation and voice of authority–this time as if time had tempered their stance on political matters –they were kinder and gentler, more merciful to the gentleman from the “Totem of Hearts” and his inescapable charm honorable Katikiro Mayiga! He did not did not put Healthcare or Education first on his agenda nor did he talk about new ideas of industrialization or employment for the youth in his simple message.

As for the promise of being the Countries overseers of Democracy and the entire struggle to rescue Uganda from the 30 years despotic hold, this fight was not on his agenda nor was it front and center of this new Buganda tofali (Brick and Mortar) initiative at this successful gathering in Marlboro with a theme of “okuzza obumu” to bring oneness back to all our folks. “We want federo but we also want to move on – on other fronts that have lagged behind since the return of Buganda Kingdom” a statement that highlights his modest approach and style of non-confrontational leadership-that has brought him friends to contribute to his efforts from all over the country.

How does one manage to disarm a Samurai and convince them that it is in their best interest to give up their nation building sword and settle for a mere bouquet of flowers in a rather hostile environment–that is exactly the unenviable psychological and strategic tight rope that honorable Mayiga has been tasked to walk-unlike any of his predecessors!

To that end he has made no enemies in the country and some measurable success –there was no Question and Answer session during the entire period –so no one could fire off some burning political questions to stir the still waters. Many were appointed to positions of responsibility and leadership–as special appointees from the Palace, who would gather concerns of their fellow Ugandans in the Diaspora and table them to Buganda ministers of the Katikiro’s office.

What was clearly lacking in this exercise designed to organize some of the most able and smartest folks Uganda has, was a simple motivational speech from Mengo -which would have been directed towards those with interest beyond the simple collection of a bricks(Tofali) and the restoration of a Lake–folks who were prepared to bring new transformational ideas of change to a listening Buganda ear.

A down to earth address would have brought the house down and given hope to Buganda experts in the Diaspora, that there is room for their experience and expertise to bare in the affairs of rebuilding Buganda, we had seasoned technologists, CIO’s and other ordinary professional folks, ready to move at a lightning speed to bring investment companies and expertise capable of changing the employment fortunes of not only Buganda but the entire nation –they sat like everybody else in the audience and bit their tongues to a more simplistic idea of togetherness.

Whether you look at this as a missed opportunity or not, it all depends on what your expectations were, one thing for sure-we were not all so convinced that such baby steps being proposed were sufficient to make a huge dent in the enormous problems of unemployment, poverty, and lack of basic services, quality education and health services in Buganda.

By the end of the Kitikiro’s speech it was clear that he was moving at a different drummer’s tempo, in fact too slow to keep folks who have waited for a lifetime to see fast progressive, tangible change happen in Buganda.

Amidst undercurrent of fear, hopelessness from an over whelming compendium of chronic problems that continue to plague the largest tribe with a multitude of service woes and a whole bunch of folks steeped in abject poverty , are those completely disenchanted with the President’s desire to force yet an additional term of dictatorship.

For now the Buganda folks in Boston, in their ever polite style and manner of hospitality, had to put their best foot forward and were not about to shun the Kings representative, with their song and dance spirit they welcomed him in a majestic style, only reserved for welcoming one of their own and they contributed heavily towards his Tofali “Brick and Mortar” initiatives.

However, cries of floating a Buganda bond were echoed among attendees with the simple hope that a pound spent on Buganda bonds today had the potential of keeping children born to Ugandan parents in the diaspora ever interested in the management and Return on Investment of Buganda bonds bought for them which would come to maturity in 10, 15 or 30 years’ time.

Tendo Kaluma

Ugandan In Boston

Owek Katikiro Mayiga is acting as a prudent man on behalf of his subjects!


Folks:

The rule of thumb is when you see individuals win some position attacked by extreme right and left wingers means the individual is actually performing great. Right or left winger only praise individuals who do nothing.

The fact that the current prime Minister Owek Peter Mayiga is being attacked by neo-conservatives and left wingers is an indication of the great things he has accomplished under his watch within the constraints of the circumstances. Owek Katikkiro Peter Mayiga is not deluded by some utopian thinking to sit around and wait for the ideal environment before he can do something for his subjects.

He took the bull by the horn and the results are there for all with the balance to see and appreciate.The “Ettoffaali” has been great success. And so is the completion of “Masengere,” . BTW, those making most noise and dismissing his success are the “mukono gamu” who have not given even a penny. Go yes the cheap. Go figure.

Owek Katikiro was given lemons and he has made very good lemonade out of it. Now his critics keep on shifting gear mbu he should be given powers. Who should give him the powers? Funny those talking like that are died hard NRM.

Everything Owek Katikiro has done such as his successful ‘Ettoffaali ” is in line with Buganda ‘s values of “bulungi bwansi”. But Ugandans prefer to praise bure types who are talking shops. Look at KCCA and collapsing bridges in the city. What has the city with more money done for the people of Kampala? Floods everywhere and very soon cholera will kill hundreds if not thousands. Have you seen Mrs. Musisi or the MPs elected in Kampala tour Busabala and other flooded areas?

But very soon she will be celebrating street bash where all kinds of immorality take place. You know why some can’t wait for her street bash. I do not have to tell you the level of immorality. And for doing very little she is paid several times what the Chief Justice of Uganda and even the suffering IGP makes. Go figure.

Owek Kakitiro should now move on issues such as health and preach common sense to save lives. We keep saying the health care suffers from poor funding. Yes. But many of the diseases killing Ugandans call for common sense to prevent. Trouble is no one is talking about preventive measures. Take cholera. Why should people of all places Kampala city died from cholera?

Politics is about compromise. In the USA with divided government, a president and congress from different parties must compromise to advance their programs. Sure no side gets everything, but if they compromise they get something done.

In my training the most important concept is the margin. We are trained to focus on marginal not total changes. So from my angle Owek Katikiro Mayiga has done very well. If you look at the changes at the margin, his achievements are huge.

Of course, I know his critics lacking appreciation of the value of the margin look at total changes. Wrong. I bet The Conservatives won the UK elections because they changed some people’s lives at the margin. It was those marginal changes-not total changes-that convinced them to vote for the incumbent PM. Likewise the position win if they reassure voters that their policies will impact their marginal lives.

All the promises politicians make have the margin in the mind: how much will individuals save or lose from proposed tax changes for example? No one promised to abolish NHS so it came down to marginal changes to the services offered by NHS. Again based on the results, the Conservatives seem to have made their case much better in England and SNP in Scotland.

Owek Katikiro Mayiga is a trained lawyer and is acting as a prudent man on behalf of his subjects. The key word here is prudent. Prudent actors do not sit there waiting for Godot. No. They weigh the impact of their choices or decisions on the margins. Of course not all people are happy but those who value the margin are happy. in Buganda the margin is expressed in the saying that take the little even as you keep arguing. Because of that insight Owek Katikiro has delivered through “Ettoffaali” where Ugandans from all walks have contributed what they can afford.

Well there is another insightful saying which goes that “kamu kamu gwe muganda/one by one makes a bundle. That is what his marginal approach to issues and problems has been able to do.

Now on land, I have concerns about the role of the Buganda Land Board in the destruction of Nabagereka Primary School Kisenyi. But other than, the Katikiro cannot tell his subjects what to do with their land. He may and should educate them about the value of land. For example that instead of selling they should lease.

I am a victim of the Land act. I have hundreds of acres of land through inheritance and I have the land title with me here but chunks of that land is settled on by bibanja holders and so called tenants many of whom cannot buy me out. I have offered them to buy me out in return for land title. They refused so no land title for them.The Land Act made the situation worse. Actually there are no winners except senior UPDF officers who are bale to evict tenants by force. I hope you are aware that most land grabbing and evictions in Buganda and Bunyoro are by serving senior UPDF officers. Remember on paper YKM says no landlord should evict sitting tenants. That only applies to civilians lacking NRM connections. The reality is that every day senior UPDF officers are evicting people and guess what, they are protected by police officers!.

The people who enacted the land act were stupid. Very stupid actually because they created the myth that you can have two or even three parties each claiming 100 percent ownership of the same land. You have a situation where land title holders claim 100% ownership of the land, the same land is claimed by bibanja holders and tenants each claiming to own 100%. That is why there are no winners but losers save for UPDF officers. Policies are supposed to improve not worsen the situation but the land act did just that> make the land regime in Uganda worse.

the land Act illustrates failure to appreciate the concept of the margin. Many bibanja holders and so called tenants wanted security of tenure. This could have been achieve through reforms targeting the margins. Yes it is possible to enact win-win laws. As of now the land Act ushered in chaos. As a result, the land Act especially in Buganda is responsible for food insecurity in the region. Why? Too much uncertainty.

I spend months crafting measures that could be considered to address and reverse the chaos. I sent them to the land Reform commission and received acknowledgment but so far no changes have been implemented.

WBK via the UAH forum

VETERAN UAH/UMBS MEMBER WAS APPOINTED KABAKA’S REPRESENTATIVE IN USA


Mr. Moses Gayi Mayanja

Mr. Moses Gayi Mayanja


Friends,

Ssaabasajja Kabaka appointed one of the UAH veteran members, Mr. Moses Gayi Mayanja to be his Representative in the States of Washington, Idaho and Oregon. Moses lives in Seattle,WA, for those who wish to contact him about anything. His email address is: mmayanja1971@gmail.com. He welcomes any suggestions or donations that could help move Buganda to the next level. In turn,he should keep us updated on the good and bad in Mengo,and also give members a direct line to the Kabaka of Buganda,God willing. We wish him nothing but the best for him in this new appointment!

Abbey Kibirige Semuwemba

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Friends

This introduction makes some of us become way old that we no longer fit into The Abbey Semuwemba generation, you see as we grew up as Ugandans but mostly Baganda, we resented begging. A Muganda never caught a begging cup to sit on a road asking from any one. So how did we survive? We raise up use what we have and maintain our lives and we lived very well, within our means, thank you. When you look at the country as we were growing up, all until the fall of probably Tito Okello, I never for one moment saw an advertisement of an organization begging money for Uganda. Yes Somalia yes Sudan yes those very dry countries, but an organization begging money for Uganda was a shameful act that we never saw. After the Luwero war, we gathered as Luwerorians in Brussels and we raised an issue of creating a fund to rebuild Luwero, and I remember this old man that stood up and vehemently opposed it. His argument was very simple, show me a life standard that has changed through a begging cup. What country has developed for it is begging? Luwerorians have suffered a great deal many have died, but the moment you start to beg for them, you’re going to create a societal shift, from a people that work for their lives to a people that wait for an Oxfam truck. We closed the chapter of raising money for Luwero, what we need money for and what we are going to raise is to run a commission of inquiry in Luwero to understand the damage Acholi Langi and NRA did to our people, create a forum where they can start to speak than using George Okello as their only spokesperson. That is the only fund we will be starting very shortly. Luwerorians must always learn to work for themselves as the rest of people on earth actually do.

Ugandans becoming beggars started from Northern Uganda, after the war and people have been camped, Langis and Acholi stared to ask for funds to run their region. And here is the danger, when you start to beg you never stop, my God to today there are people that are still registering organizations to beg money for Northern Uganda. Reverend Charles Okello is about to start being on 100 Huntley street television appealing for money to buy tractors for Northern Uganda, he does this every summer, and one reaches a point to wonder just how many tractors are in Acholi land today. The money that has been piled up for Northern Uganda has never reached there but it has created some of the very rich Acholi Langi for they use it for personal gains, and right so. But that begging has created a societal shift with in Acholi Langi population that we feared to create in Luwero, many of their people have become the most lazy bums in the country and scattered all over the country. Acholi have actually replaced The Rwandese that were farming in our land, for now they are the new system of cheap labor in Uganda. And who created that category? The Acholi and Langi that believe that everyone has a responsibility to maintain their lives. So we wake up and work as hard as we work, we pile up the money for some Acholi or Langi in Dokolo has a right to live in a set up life style.

In the Kingdom I grew in, I never saw Mengo having representatives out of Buganda, never. But again in this life style of The Semuwemba, everyone must have a representative and now The NRA kingdom has representatives. Then you wonder why we needed them? Till when you realize the undertone of the introduction, Buganda needs fund raising. So to whom is it is done? Who takes the money? Who is accountable to that money? How does it help my mother that is a true Muganda? Abaganda tebakola bwamasiikini. And that is what makes us different. Donation systems in these countries where created to help those in disasters, I have just got a phone call from London and we need to start an immediate fund raising for Nepal, they have been hit with a massive earthquake and hundreds are dead, the initial photographs I have just received are mind boggling. Yes a fund raising is valuable. What disaster has Ssabassajja seen in Buganda? War? Famine? Terrorism? A Pandemic? What has befallen our people to qualify becoming beggars today? There are professional beggars in our society and one of them has just wondered how he can become the Buganda beggar in United Kingdom. But the rest of us as Baganda work hard for what we have, we earn it and we enjoy it little as it may be. The Abbey Semuwemba generation, the NRA kingdom life style, has shifted us a great deal from what we believed in, and what we grew up educated as. May be we all need to sit on our hands and simply wait for donations to flow in and we drink our livers firkin dry !!!!!!!!!

That culture of our lives is owed to other people is going to come back and hit that society so hard that you will think it is a ton of mud. Awo genda ku wangatto.

Edward Mulindwa
TORONTO

A LETTER FROM GULU TO BUGANDA!!


Greetings from Acholi!

As we wallow in the heat of the driest period in the north, words on the ground has learnt that, Kabaka; The Mpolongoma of Buganda is said to have re/appointed individuals abroad to represent his Kingdom’s interest. This is a good move; one that should be emulated by all chiefs in the country. The problem i have with the Kabaka’s appointments or appointees is that they are all Baganda. I feel this is wrong; because, it does not foster unity and does not bode well with well-wishers such as myself and those who feel Ugandan, whilst abroad. I would like to see the Kabaka and the rest of the chiefs as champion of unity and should do so by example. By appointing only Baganda to further the interest of the Kingdom abroad, does not reflect the right image of a modern monarch, which i regard the Kabaka to be.

Considering that a man of George Okello’s standing and influence, happens to be the only Ugandan in the Philippines, and the Kabaka needed some one on the ground, the Kabaka and the Kingdom’s interest not served in the area, simply bcos G.Okello is a non Muganda and therefore cannot be appointed as a rep. This is a step backward.

With having representatives around the world, one could argue that the Kabaka is laying foundation for Buganda’s development, even perhaps, a step towards federalism. But one of the ultimate goals of federalism, beside improved services and bringing power and rights closer to the people, it is to foster unity in diversity. The appointments therefore, does not cater for that key pillar of federalism.Such appointment would simply alienate “others” from, rather than make them feel part of a great Kingdom. Currently in Uganda there are people from other tribes who know the Buganda culture more than their own.

Take R. Mao for instance. No one will suggest anywhere that he is not Muganda enough, for he grew up in Buganda and within the culture. He epitomises the new generation who have embraced fully other cultures beside their own. These are the sort of people who will feel the alienation more if left out from such appointments.

My call is to those close to Kabaka to try and represent the Kingdom and monarch as modern, and one that thrives by embracing, rather than pushing others away. I suggest the Mpologoma’s advisers go back to the drawing board and work out how best the Kingdom’s interest, image and perception can be improved ahead of federalism taking root. One of them certainly, is inclusion.

Akim Odong via the UAH forum

Roots of ethnic conflict and Museveni’s intentional poverty


A case study of Buganda kingdom
By Lubega N (Economic Anthropology Analyst)

Dear Mr. President
The roots of ethnic differentiation therefore are potentially, of ethnic conflict. These conflicts can be economic, religious, linguistic, cultural, or racial. Why do ethnic differences often lead to conflict and violence? The causes include a sense of injustice because of resource distribution, economic and /or political competition, and reaction to discrimination, prejudice, and other expressions of threatened or devalued identity (Ryan 1990, p XXVII).

Today most of my references will dwell so much on Buganda as my case study because am Ignorant about other stake holders of Uganda like Acholi extra, but am not ignorant about what is happening inside my kingdom. This is because; Buganda kingdom is the only kingdom on earth which has kept a non written constitution for over 600 years. That’s why scholars who study human beings like me we usually logically say “Values are more much important than laws in creation of harmony in the society” Discrimination .

This refers to policies and practices that harm a group and its members. Discrimination may be de facto (practiced, but not legally sanctioned).Example of this is the harsher treatment that the baganda tend to get from the public service commission entitled for government human resource recruitment, police and the judicial systems. When Hon. Kyanjo requested the Army to regional balance the top UPDF officers because of the 95% dominance of army officers from your region, you just poisoned him. You constitute an investigation committee on the lord mayor where by, the minister who has ordered the investigation to take place is Tumwebaze, the Judge himself is from the same region, and all the lawyers are from your region where you come from. Remember, ‘’that is the only valued position for this group from the whole political governance”.

Besides that, you are promoting discrimination to disintegrate Buganda by overpowering a few counties to treat themselves as an independent sect from Buganda Kingdom. Recently you called Kamuswaga of Kooki and even issued over 7 billion Ug shillings arguing that it’s for their regional development program. However, you should know that

More than 100 years ago, Kooki signed an agreement a special relationship that dates as far back as 1704 existed between Kooki and Buganda. During that year (1704), two princes from Bunyoro conquered part of Kiziba chiefdom. The elder prince Bwohe sent his young brother to inform the Omukama of Bunyoro about the achievement, but the messenger was killed by an incensed Omukama. Bwohe, who had now established his influence over the area, changed allegiance from Bunyoro to Buganda for protection without any forced assimilation.

Mr. President you are now behaving like the colonialists who came with an agenda of dividing the communities and creating hatred. Your ultimate goal is to weaken [Buganda] kingdom,

You should also know that now 28 years in power, (Buganda kingdom inclusive of Kooki county) have been on your neck to pay the over 20 billion ugs which is an accumulation of office rent by your government in Buganda’s buildings but you have kept a deaf ear…….we are just cached by surprises when your donations target specific sects and persons (inside Buganda) instead of Buganda as an Institution.

Mr. President, in our discipline we say, Institutional discrimination means programs, policies, and institutional arrangements that deny equal rights and opportunities to, or differentially harm members of a particular group. This form of discrimination is less personal and intentional than attitudinal discrimination is. Eg new land laws targeted to harm Buganda, you destroyed our cash crops and food crops i.e. Matooke and Coffee by introducing pests and diseases, also we will remember you always from blocking our king to visit his people of Kayunga Kyagwe County. You said Sabanyala the cultural leader of ABanyala had warned you that, our king shouldn’t visit his territory because had no permission. Here you denied our king the equal rights vested in the constitution .However, we are always cached by surprises to see that even sabanyala doesn’t request permission, when it comes to his travels to the “little land of Buganda you have demarcated for us.”
Forced assimilation. Mr. President, I would like a gain to inform you that there is a great difference between forced assimilation and assimilation. Buganda kingdom all along has been using the assimilation policy. Forced assimilation aims at destroying the cultures of a certain group forcefully. Some dictators have penalized or banned the language and customs of an ethnic group which has created political unrest .

An example is you who want to ban the Luganda language in schools and replace it with Swahili. The second example is the anti-Basque campaign that the dictator Francisco (1939-1975) waged in Spain. He banned Basque language books, news papers, and imposed fines for using Basque language in schools. His policies led to the formation of a terrorist group in the Basque region. I bet Mr. President if you maintain the speed of your yellow bus to kill Buganda, more terrorist groups will be formed.

Genocide: The most extreme form of anti-ethnic (attitudinal) discrimination is genocide, the deliberate elimination of a group through mass murder. The United Nations defines genocide “as acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial, or religious group as such” .(Ryan 1990,says prejudicial attitudes(hate)and resulting genocide have been directed against people viewed as “Standing in the way of progress”. Mr. President, we wouldn’t like to witness a generation of genocide. You have been always standing in our way of progress. All the above roots of ethnic conflict especially on us may result into a genocide but fueled by you Mr. President .I know your top officers didn’t tell you about what happened on ground during the Kayunga Saga in 2009.What happened is that many people from your region were beaten by angry youth who had made road blocks, many people from your region residing from Buganda closed shops, restuarnts and other businesses in fear of what had happened to their colleagues. All these unrest were fueled by you Mr. President because you have an experience and an upper hand of the Rwanda genocide.

Conclusively therefore, this is my final trumpet to you, to save the innocent Ugandans who have lived in peace and Harmony for a number of decades irrespective of their ethnic differences. STOP YOUR POLICY OF DIVIDE AND RULE AND ECONOMIC, POLITICAL INJUSTICES (BWONYIGIRIZA ENNYINDO, OGILEETA OMUSAAYI).

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