Kabalega was brave, overambitious but militarily and political myopic


This is in response to Mr. Henry Ford Miirima’s comments on colonialism. I would first request him to always be balanced and objective whenever he is discussing historical issues which can benefit all Ugandan and stop showing his frustrations. Let him help his fellow Banyoro to develop their kingdom which is now being taken over by the Bafuluki(Bakiga) who he invited to help them defeat the Baganda during the referendum on the lost counties. Bakiga are claiming they have a say in Bunyoro land because (Banyoro are the ones who invited them to come and vote on their side).
When we are discussing historical issues, time is very important. If you are serious as Mr. Miirima claims to be can you compare Kabalega and Muteesa 1 who ruled at different period in time? What he would have done if he is objective to let his children and grandchildren learn he would have compared Mwanga and Kabalega and then give creadity where it is due. Also if he was objective he should discuss and compare Muteesa 1 and Kamulasi and the problems he had with Rioga. A force at that time working on them was the same.
When am to assess Kabalega objectively, I would say that Kabalega was brave, overambitious but militarily and political myopic because as a statesman he failed to gauge the superiority of the British. He just wanted to resist the British because they had come with Buganda their traditional enemies. He was still backward in think, at that particular time just comparable to Chief Kinyikitale of the (a cult) who organised the Majimaji rebellion. The great Kabalega hoped that his few guns and many spears would defeat a well organised army which had cannon. Let Mr. Miirima get this even if the British had moved alone without the help of the Baganda still they would have subjugated the Banyoro and all of Africa as they did. Ethiopia remained independent, what is good now?  They had created an Empire where the sun would never set, and then what was Bunyoro by that time? If Mr. Mirrima you compare Muteesa 1 with a fish and hock, I would also use the General’s (Museveni) words to compare Kabalega with a silly dog that can try to kick an Elephant.
Mr. Miirima history at the end is the same for those who collaborated and those who resisted.  Tell us the difference between Kabalega, Mukwawa, Nyunguyamawe, Mwanga, the many tribes in southern and central Tanzania, Muteesa, Kamulasi, Kasagama, the Helore of Namibia, Azande, and the Red Indian. All were treated the same their powers were reduce and their empires destroyed. The only different for those who resisted their present grandchildren are frustrated and far behind in thinking and blaming others. Visit Kibale and the majority of Bunyoro, it is only the hardworking Bakiga who are doing a commendable job. Because of your Fitina (jealous), you do not even want the hard working Bakinga to take part in politics, let me assure within no time they will dominate you politically as they have done it economically.
By claiming that Kabalega is praised as a hero, ask yourself who is praising him? Why is he doing it? Mr. Mirrima time in history, events in time are very important, imagine if Obote had died in power, they would have buried him at Kololo. Others see him as a hero but when Museveni was here Obote was not mentioned. To the Baganda and Musevei, he is not a hero that is why he was buried at Akokolo.
Mr. Miirima if you are a real patriotic Munyoro not after gaining cheap popularity, please tell us?
·         What has left Bunyoro behind? Is it colonialism (British), Baganda, Muteesa, you educated Banyoro, laziness of Banyoro, or politics (leaders) after independence? We would like to learn fromyou.
·         What do you expect to gain from Oil? What role have you played to determine the share you are to get? This is the area where you have to die for, which can help to built the once powerful Bunyoro as the son from Burega tried to shape it. If you fail you will be accountable for it.
·         What plans do you have to help the poor Banyoro as I travelled in all parts of Bunyoro people are very poor? It is time you mobilize Banyoro for projects which can help them to study and prosper.
As a patriotic Munyoro, you should go back and develop the kingdom and have Roads named Henry Ford Miirima in Hoima not here in Buganda. You are also behaving like a colonialist.
If you say that you bought that land in Kibuli using money our grandfathers bought that land in Bunyoro using their blood as of now Museveni will claim ownership of the oil wells in Bunyoro using his blood and the furnaces he passed through. The Bakiga claim and got the right to stay and acquire land in Bunyoro because you invited them and voted on your side during the referendum for the lost counties in the 60s
If we are to build Uganda, we have to work as Ugandans, Professor, Nuwagaba advised us to stop thinking on tribal basis, to think as Ugandan, work as Ugandans.  
Mr. Mirrima, remember in African culture it is anvil to speak bad about the dead. Let our forefathers and great leaders rest in peace.
Also remember, if it was not the British Mr. Mirrima you would be where we don’t know. Even Museveni who abuse the traditional leaders, their so called weakness helped Obote to come to power; Obote’s coming to power paved the way for the so called commoners like Museveni to come to power. If it was not that he would have died a cattle keeper down in Nyabusozi. Let us think globally and work globally not locally.
Ssentongo Chris


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5 responses »

  1. Dear Chris

    Thank you for your post

    There are so many issues you tackle. Unfortunately, you seem to do the very thing you are complaining about

    You state that “Mr. Mirima, remember in African culture it is anvil to speak bad about the dead. Let our forefathers and great leaders rest in peace.” but at the same time, the heading of your post as well as the content say otehrwise. You state that “…Kabalega was brave, overambitious but militarily and political myopic….he was still backward in think…” . This in my view is very unfortunate. Let not the pot call the kettle black Sir

    In any case, as you state in your own words, both collaborators and those who resisted did get the same treatment from the colonialists when you state that “Mr. Miirima history at the end is the same for those who collaborated and those who resisted”. If that be true, then why call Kabalega myopic?

    In an attempt to answer the question-why is Bunyoro behind, I think its a mixture of so many issues-they do include the repercussions of colonialism, laziness, disunity, power poliitics and location. If you read the annals of history, it will be interesting to learn why and how the bunyoro region was depopulated by war, famine and disease-if these do not contribute to under-development (in addition to other factors), i dont know what does

    Like you state, the question is what is the way forward? In my view, with or without the return of land to whichever kingdom, unless our country is united in vision and purpose, we shall continue this unfortunate tirrade of counter-accussations

    For God and My Country

    Most of what you sa

  2. There is no details about BUGANDA AND BUNYORO!!u have to explain correctely.historically!!!!as they have been done that time

  3. If Kabalega was myopic, so was Mwanga. Remember the two fought side by side at some point and were captured in Lango. Neither King wanted to be under British control.

  4. mr mirima is right , kabalega was a man among men, buganda betrayed its people, because of greed they are still fighting for land up to today

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