There is the Kiganda saying that; “Okwogera ennyo, ssi kuzza Lubaale!” In other words, even if you play and dance TWIST, it won’t help you to bring back the Bazungu wish of stiffling Buganda and the region!
The problems between Bazungu (this includes Indians and British citizens who were living in East Africa at the time) and Baganda might have started with Sir Hesketh Bell, but this does not erase the history that as per the 1894 and 1900 Agreements, Buganda was treated as a Sovereign State, and that is why Buganda and later Uganda was NEVER a Colony! Amazima gakaawa but non-Baganda should appreciate Buganda’s role in preventing their regions from becoming a colony, as was the case with Kenya and Tanzania! I shall repeat once more, Buganda has perfected the art of negotiating since time immemorial, that is why the Arabs and British explorers cum traders found it in an asdvanced stage, because Baganda knew the value of negotiating! Even the wars that were fought by Buganda and her neighbours, negotiations were not ruled out. Patrick, you are a great historian, take the case study of the wars between the Buganda Christians during the era of Kabakas Mutebi, Kiweewa and Kalema. If Buganda is not such a good negotiator, then who come John Kabalega and Daniel Mwanga II ended up colleagues? It is the types of the Mirima’s who now want to bury this history and bring back the animosity between us!
Simply because of Olunyoomonyoomo lwa Bazungu that was evident with the coming of Hesketh Bell on the scene, we are not going to accept our history to be re-written. Buganda was a Sovereign State while other regions looked on, but just like a good teacher who doesn’t wish to see part of the class advancing while the rest is lagging behind, Buganda tried to move in step with the rest of the regions, at her expense. Otherwise we would have got our independence in the 1930s. Ever heard of the Buganda organisation called Bataka Union – BU, that was headed by a one Ssemakula Mulumba? Those men were not jokers!
You very well know that in the past, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda have enjoyed a long history of co-operation under successive kingdom and regional integration arrangements. Kingdom in that Bunyoro-Kitara and Buganda kingdoms were trade partners way deep up to Karagwe in Tanzania and then westwards. With the negotiations between the British and Buganda that brought about the Uganda (Buganda) British Protectorate in 1894 and the Buganda Agreement of 1900, more developmental initiatives were introduced. These have included the Customs Union between Kenya and Uganda in 1917, which the then Tanganyika later joined in 1927; the East African High Commission (1948-1961); the East African Common Services Organisation (1961-1967) which was tasked with pst office, railways, airways, ports and harbours; and research. The East African Community was formed later in 1967 and lasted until 1977.
The East African High Commission sparked off what was later to become the 1953-55 Buganda Crisis. Why? Because the British in their arrogance formed it without consulting Buganda thru its Great Lukiiko in Mmengo, as per the Agreements in place. Buganda just learnt about it through the media, and to add salt to injury, this son of a Briton called Oliver Lyttelton announces at an exclusive party tha was held at the East Africa House how Britain is going to federate the three East African Countries just like they had done with Northern Rhodesia and Nyasaland (Malawi). The rest is history, but bottom line: Buganda affairs before were in the Foreign Office okutuusa abalabe baffe lwe baatukwatirwa obuggya! And even then, if you persist on the disinformation, the demand for Buganda to be returned to the British Foreign Office shows the foresightedness of our forefathers and the kingdom as a whole. Hate it or love it, if it weren’t for Buganda negotiators, Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania would now be like Zimbabwe or South Africa! The choice is yours. Please, give the Devil his due!!!