Relationship between Himas and Buganda


1/7 mine is not an attempt to re-write Buganda history but to tell it as it is in response to some Baganda’s Hima-hate campaign which will unfortunately wind up at the Buganda royal house.

2/7 Tracing the ancestry of Nyakazaana was not an end in itself but a means of shedding light on the basic facts that we disregard when we are stoking antipathy against certain groups.  Key here is the extent to which groups have intermingled over time, and in case of Buganda, the extent to which it is indeed a bundle of bundles, one of which bundles are Bahima. One could almost argue that Buganda is a bundle of Bahima and balaalo, contrary to what many of you think.

3/7 Look at this: the mother of Kabaka Mutebi I, Wanyana, was the daughter of Mugalula Buyonga, the founder of the Nseenene (conjugated from Nswa enene) clan.  Mugalula, originally called Mugarra, a Muhima from Busongora and a mulaalo, moved with others from Busongora, with their herds of cattle and settled in Bweera via Buddu, then eventually moving to Nakanoni village in Gomba and on to Kisozi.

4/7 One of Mugalula’s brothers, Kalyebala (whose Kiganda’s corruption is “Kalibbala) became the chief mulaalo of Chwa I, Kabaka Kintu’s successor, was to be promoted to the chieftainship of Kayima or Kaima (in Runyakitara, part of which Rusongora is, Kahuma or Kahima, the cattle keeper or mulaalo). The Kayima or Kaima is still the title of the Chief of the Ssaza of Mawokoto (just like we have the Mugema of Busiro, the Kasujju of Busujju, the Katambala of Butambala; the Pokino of Buddu, the Sekibobo of Kyaggwe etc).  All those were Bahima.  I am sure you know that, those of Nsenene clan that lost their herds of cattle to rinderpest in the 1880s and resorted to crop rearing are now called Baima abatasunda, that is, the “Bahima that no longer churn milk”.

5/7 As Mr Kateregga has been telling us here, Mutesa I’s mother, Ndwaddewazziba, was a Muhima; Prince Badru Kakungulu’s mother was a Muhima, Prince John Kintu Wassajja’s mother was a Muhima, Princess Teyeggala’s mother was a Muhima, and as we have shown you here at UAH, Prince Jjunju Suna Kiwewa’s mother is a Mututsi, the Muhima equivalent of Rwanda-Burundi.  The whole process of the arrival on the scene of your likely next Kabaka has been a process of concentrating Hima/Tutsi blood at Mmengo.  You do not have to hate or love the fact.  That is how it is.

6/7 So, in your current royal family, there is Hima blood coming from deep, deep on the Kabaka’s paternal side, and there is Hima/balaalo blood from the Kabaka’s maternal side, in the line of Zakaria Sensalire himself, Ham Mukasa’s father, and on the side of Nyakazaana, Ham Mukasa’s mother.

7/7 Digging up family histories should not trouble you alot.  It is family histories that make up clan histories, and then community histories.  We are simply trying to understand what we are as communities.

Lance Corporal (Rtd) Otto Patrick

Note:Katerega works for NewVision and a regular contributor to the UAH forum


About ekitibwakyabuganda

Ba Ssebo ne ba Nyabo, Twebaza Abaganda bonna abulumulirwa Obuganda . Era twebaza ne mikwano gya Buganda gyonna wonna wegiri munsi yonna. Omukutu guno gwatandikibwawo nga e’kigendererwa kwe kuyigiriza abantu ebintu ebikwatagana no’Buganda era nokuwanyisiganya ebilowozo nebanaffe abatali Baganda. Abaganda ne mikwano gya Buganda mukozese omukisa guno muwereze ebirowozo byamwe no’bubaka bwona obunaagasa Abaganda na’baana Buganda berizala mu maaso eyo. Obumu ku bubaka obuwerezebwa ku mukutu guno bugyibwa mukuwanyisiganya ebirowozo okubera kumukutu gwa Ugandan’s at Heart (UAH) Forum ogwatandikibwawo Mwami Abbey Kibirige Semuwemba. Era twebaza muzukulu wa Kintu ne Nnambi ono olw’omulimu gwakoledde bana Uganda bonna abali e’bunayira mungeri yo kubagatta mu byempuliziganya no’kutumbula okukolaganira awamu.

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  1. I am always amused by people who view Buganda as a “pure” nation whatever that is.The idea that there is a tribe called Buganda with pure bloodlines of only Baganda “waawu” is erroneous!

    Buganda is/was a nation as opposed to a tribe/clan. It was an expansionist state/empire. It practiced a very efficient form of assimilation starting with its origins as a collection of “kasangwaawo” clans who formed some sort of “magna carta” with Ssekabaka Kintu! These are some of the reasons why it remains strong even in the face of aggressive republicanism! They are the same ideas that isolationists appear to be at odds with! The addition of newer clans was by conquest or assimilation!

    It is very instructive for people to read the written accounts of the first white man in Uganda, Speke. Speke had lots of personal failings and in particular his racism and contempt of Africans is obvious in his writings. But if one can get past this and read his first hand account, it is very instructive.

    The kings of Buganda have always married women from far and wide within Uganda as well as outside Uganda. Speke’s account of the many women he saw at the Kabaka Mutesa’s court is proof of this. He mentions women from the Banyamwezi, Bahima, Basoga, Batooro, Banyoro and all over the region. As the regional superpower, the Kabaka’s court was attended by ambassadors from all over the region bearing gifts including women!

    Speke hinted at the relationship between the Kabaka and his southern neighbours when he quoted Kabaka Muteesa I as saying that if he (speke) had been a bad man, Rumanyika would not have sent him to him. Elsewhere in Spekes journal, Speke mentions Bahima herdsmen he met in Buganda.

    The current Prince Jjuunju is ineligible for succession out of custom but not because his mother is a Tutsi. Even the custom of the Kiweewa not being eligible is challengeable given there is precendent of at least 2 Kiweewa’s who became heirs to the throne one in the late 1800’s during the ‘religious wars’ who only ruled for a short time when the muslims overun the court, the other Karemeera son of Wanyana from Bunyor in ancient days when Buganda found itself without a King. This is a matter for the Lukiiko to deal with when the time comes.

    Of course we all know that many of Buganda’s princes are of mixed blood including modern Princes but ttey have never been disowned because of that.

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