Abeebitiinisa Ssemuwemba n others opposed to JB Walusimbi;
After reviewing the comments and reasons why a group of Baganda Sitakange and ultra-patriotic Baganda, I, as an investigative journalist, and a person who grew up and was educated in Buganda, and I even have children from Baganda women, I know the spirit of Buganda.
The Baganda who are opposed to JB Walusimbi as Katikkiro are the ultra-patriotic Baganda doing it honestly but ignorant of the trend of modern developments. These Baganda are still living in the last century. They have not woken up to realise that the world is moving very fast and that it will not wait for those who are stuck in the last century.
I hate to repeat that my one-month holiday in the UK has re-enforced my belief that the world has moved out of the old order or politics. The former colonial/imperial powers are today laughing at what their grandfathers did to commit sins againsit humanity, that is TO COLONISE AND SUBJUGATE OTHER COUNTRIES, TO PUT HUMAN BEINGS UNDER SLAVERY BY CARRYING OUT SLAVE TRADE, TO CARRY OUT THE INQUISITION, ETC.
When I visited Buckingham Palace, The House of Commons, the Catholic and Anglican Westminister Cathedrals, Covent Gardens where English street entertainers perform all sorts of plays and the audience and THE players are drawn from all nationalities and the atmosphere is friendly and love of each other, at the beaches where every activitiy is cosmopolitan, indeed by talking to the ordinary Englishmen on the streets, I wished these Baganda ultra-patriots should be given a chance to see that the Buganda special position they are clamouring for is an outdated, archaic, colonial mentality activity.
They should review their history. They will find that if JB Walusimbi sticks to his guns and goes ahead with modernising Buganda their childlren will hold Walusimbi in honour because he will have done to Buganda what Bismark and Garibald did to Germany and italy.
Germany and Italy before 1867 were collections of different independent kingdoms. But using an iron hand in difiance of ultra-patriotic Prussians, etc, Bismark forced the unity of Germany which eventually became so strong that today Germany is one of the great powers. Italy was also the same. She was a collection of small independent kingdoms but foward looking Italians, Garibald included, literally forced the unity of those small kingdodms, and did away with earthly powers of the Pope. Hence, let Walusimbi stick to his guns and push through with modernisation of Buganda. Those who are opposed to him today will in future praise him.
The issue of Walusimbi’s Catholic religion cannot be ruled out from those pushing for his removal. Colonial mentality amongst Anglican Baganda is still alive and kicking. They aspire to the maintenance of Anglican/Protestant hegemony. Their eyes cannot believe that even a Catholic can lead very efficiently. They should learn what the whites majority in the USA are leerning today that even a black man can lead mighty USA
As for the Catholics who are opposing fellow Catholic Walusimbi, they have a hidden agenda. Namabooze has openly stated that she wants to make history by becoming the first woman Katikkiro of Buganda. She does not realise that her utterances have misled peasant Baganda.
As for Emmanuel Sendaula, he feels terribly bad that he was not confirmed as the katikkiro. He feels Walusimbi usurped his post. So, he understandably wants Walusimbi to be booted.
I know my brother Kalundi Serumaga is going to accuse me of meddling into Buganda affairs. But, he forgets that when Buganda catches a cold, every Ugandan sneezes. Reality is: Buganda is central in Uganda’s politics. Therefore, if Buganda chooses to remain in the last century, she will be dragging the rest of Uganda behind. Therefore, me, Henry Ford Miirima, will not fold my hands as a journalist and let Buganda drag Uganda behind just like that.
Therefore, Buganda elites listen, wake up. Do not fear the noise-makers (abawowoganyi)at Mmengo. You follow the example of Tamale Mirundi who tells Baganda that a spade is not a big spoon.
Henry Ford Miirima