Dear Baganda banange,
Omutaka Kavuma wrote in one of the newspapers asking the Mengo adminstration to form a Think Tank and i think it is a good idea but my gut feeling tells me that it won’t be implemented or it is difficult to be implemented considering the political climate in Uganda. It is amazing that Buganda which was the birth of political civilisation in the country has not managed to produce a president to lead that country for longer and to change that country for the better.
Political parties were born in Buganda out of political movements. It is widely believed that Katikilo Nsibirwa was assassinated by the Buganda political movements because he was looked at as a stooge for the colonialists. Buganda had a party which united both the tenants and landlords which was called the Bataka party. This party was founded by Baganda intellectuals and it was the first to oppose the East Africa federation. Probably, I would not have been a member because I support both the Federalism in Uganda and the East Africa Federation though the former needs to be sorted out first.
At the moment, I wonder who really officially advises the Kabaka of Buganda on important issues. It is also very interesting to note that most of the Baganda youths join politics just to ‘eat’ but not to help their kingdom in the true sense of the word. Why can’t some body form an organisation depicting the achievements of a man like I.K.Musazi. Nkoza Zambogo is not enough to push for the kingdom interests. Buganda needs an organisation that opens branches in different parts of the country including the North and East Uganda . Musazi is the prime example of how he turned his movements into a strong nationwide political party. In 1946,Musazi formed the Uganda Africa Farmers’ Union- which championed the interests of farmers. This organisation later changed its name to Federation of partnerships of Uganda African Farmers which also changed in 1952 to Uganda National Congress. It was the ‘kalimagezi’ of Musazi and a few Baganda that gave birth to Uganda ’s 1st political party. Why can’t the youths in Buganda emulate the achievements of their ‘bajaja’ to form organisations that are useful to Buganda and Uganda as well.
Yes, there are people from other regions that naturally don’t like Baganda and Buganda but this is all out of jealousy and it is historical. The jealousy of other regions over Buganda is well documented and it is exemplified by a letter wrote to the British Governor on 10/07/1956 by the leaders of other kingdoms. So this jealousy should not stop Baganda from fighting for their own interests and those of other Ugandans as a way forward. Try to get the ‘friendly’ non-baganda on board if Buganda is to see any fruits in its fights with the central government.Baganda can nolonger fight political wars alone.
Under the present circumstances, I would be surprised if all kingdoms don’t join to fight the intentions of Museveni because whatever he is planning for Buganda will catch up with other kingdoms as well if Buganda fails. Kingdoms united during the time they looked at the introduction of political parties as a threat to their existence in Uganda . I don’t see why Bunyoro should take president Museveni seriously when he throws ‘enkonyogo’ to Buganda in most of his recent public speeches. It’s more like a man who divorces his wife because he snores a lot and then starts a relationship with another woman. This man then promise to marry this new woman before he has spent a night with her to be sure that she doesn’t snore like the ex-wife. It would be a mistake to enter into a marriage with this man because if he finds that the new lady is snoring, he will go ahead and marry her for selfish reasons or if he finds that she doesn’t snore, he will marry her and divorce her at some stage for another reason (probably because she is not clean enough). So if I were Bunyoro, I will be careful with Museveni’s new friendship.
The idea of a think tank is very good.