I’m against an elected Katikkiro in Buganda.How can a Katikkiro pay allegiance to the Kabaka when he is elected by the people? he would definitely pay allegiance to those who elect him/her and of course to the government, and ultimately to the ruling political party, who pays him. Secondly, what is the composition of Buganda today to elect a Katikkiro who would be interested in Kabaka? Buganda has been filled up with Balaalo, etc., and you imagine these will elect a Katikkiro who would even respect your ‘royalty’?
I think the governed people do know how they wish to be led, and so should be consulted. I wish to reiterate that I do not have any particular opposition to Katikkiro Walusimbi, except that he should deign and consult people before he makes major decisions. To my understanding, there are two structures in Buganda which Katikkiro is supposed to recognise and consult: the clans and then the chieftainship structures, the later being led ultimately by the Sazza chiefs.
The Katikkiro should request clan leaders to organise forums within their clans on major issues and get the clan leaders to Mengo to bring what their clans say. It would be possible for the Katikkiro to diarise dates when he would actually attend clan meetings. This would not eliminate non Baganda – communities that comprise sizable numbers, such as Nubians, Alurs, Balaalo, etc can in fact have own clan/traditional meeting BUT only if they wish, and either agree to take these to Katikkiro IF they recognise him or take those to their own areas of origin. Point though is, they should recognise the customs of Baganda, one of which is that Baganda have a Kabaka and a Katikkiro over the regional area called Buganda.
Katikkiro should also attend meetings at Masaza – the Masaza would include concerns of every resident of a Sazza. I am not sure how functional Milukas are, but these would send representatives to Sazza meetings. That is, Masaza meetings bring to the table feelings of all inhabitants of an area; while the clan/tribal meetings are more apposite towards traditions BUT not limited to those, the Sazza meetings embody regional (geographic) concerns.
I think the weight of each gathering depends upon the issues. For example, if we are dealing with a tradition or cultural matter, the clan/tribal meeting would have a bigger consideration, while if it is a matter of development; bulungi bwansi for example, the sazza gathering would matter more.
Therefore, the Mengo constitution should comprise two houses; clan/tribal house (clan leaders and leaders of other tribes in habiting Buganda in reasonably large numbers) and chiefs. The royal family could have representatives attending.
Those gunning for elections should rather set them for the chiefs, with vetoing powers of the clan/tribal house, and of course ultimately of the Kabaka. Mengo’s poverty partly originates from lack of goodwill from the public. Goodwill comes from recognition and consultation. People do not have an idea of Mengo’s budget because they are not informed, and most importantly because they never have a chance to debate it.
Now I personally have attended some of our Nvubu meetings and found that people hardly attend. The reason is not only poverty but also the realisation that their contributions in terms of ideas do not seem to be considered. The other is that people are not informed about budgetary requirements and issues about the Kingdom clearly.
Does the Uganda constitution allow this? I am not sure but if it doesn’t, there lies the origins of dictatorship , desires of secession, etc. If this model is allowed throughout Uganda, there will be no descent, aware that other regions do not have Kabaka. For example, in Karamoja what do the Karamojong people want traditionally? Then what do the residents in Karamoja say? Allow each tribe room to live their traditional lives while giving consideration of immigrant residents in those areas. This to me is the foundation of federalism. This does not remove political party politics. In fact one might find that the Sazza is the equivalent of a district, and the Sazza chief an equivalent of LCIV or LCV. MPs could remain in the national parliament but of course in far less numbers.