We call upon all Ugandan nationalists in Buganda to be calm but vigilant. You should be courageous with firm convictions, principled in your behavior, reflective and philosophical in all your actions during this crisis. Resist the temptation to be lured into chaos and confusion by your enemies but do not easily succumb to the fear created by the muzzle of the gun as the unanticipated but predictable crisis sadly unfolds in our motherland.
We have to remember and learn from our history. In the past leaders have used political tricks to earn the trust, support and confidence of the people of Buganda. Some have threatened or actually used deadly force in order to suppress the people but in the end they have always failed to conquer Buganda. Remember that the Baganda, have, unfortunately, paid a big price for their misplaced trust and confidence in untrustworthy leaders who have neither principles to guide their political actions nor respect for our cultural institutions which have endured from time immemorial. Our cultural institutions are here to stay but leaders will come, go or fade way.
We are deeply saddened by the death of innocent people, the wanton destruction of property, the illegal surrounding of the Lubiri by armed forces and, as a result, the deprivation of the Kabaka of his personal liberty together with his immediate family and, by necessary implication, placing the entire kingdom of Buganda under detention. This has happened before!
In Buganda the Kabaka is not just another leader. To the Baganda the Kabaka is a national symbol and a cultural institution. The Kabaka is head of all clans and therefore he is fondly regarded by the Baganda as a member of one big family descending directly from Kintu. An attack on Kabaka as a person, or the Kabakaship as a cultural institution, is a declaration of war on all clans and each and every Muganda both individually and collectively as a kingdom.
We condemn the cowardly act of closing CBS radio, which is the voice of Buganda, or any other radio or media outlet. This action is reminiscent of the dictatorship Ugandans have endured for decades clearly manifested in the suppression of freedom of the media, political freedom and gross violation of human rights in the past.
The random arrest and detention of people for political reasons is a violation of human rights. It is intended to force people into submission. But it reminds us of the dark history of the “panda gali” era. The actions taken by the government of Uganda violate the constitution of Uganda. They must be unreservedly condemned because they are illegal and unconstitutional. Oppressive and illegal actions by the government of Uganda deserve no respect and should not be voluntarily obeyed by anyone.
It is an act of provocation to deprive the Kabaka of his individual liberty, to restrict his movement in his kingdom and to encourage the creation of new political entities within the kingdom motivated by a desire to control and enslave the Baganda. All these political machinations are accomplished without the consent of the Baganda. If the Banyala are not Baganda they are free to go back to their motherland.
The Bululi and/or Banyala issue should be resolved democratically by a referendum within the kingdom of Buganda. When the government of Uganda takes sides covertly or conspires to destroy or undermine the integrity of the kingdom of Buganda the Baganda have no choice but to fight for their freedom. Freedom is not bestowed upon the people by government;
it is an inalienable right protected by the constitution and recognized and guaranteed by international law.
We firmly believe that nobody can be proud of calling fellow citizens “sub-imperialists.” Such name-calling is divisive, provocative and essentially sectarian because it causes ethnic humiliation and hostility. It is demeaning to those who are labeled by such an unpalatable and abusive term. It must be condemned. But when it is done by our top leaders it acquires a particularly sinister character. It is a sign of hypocrisy. Moreover, labeling a group of people as “sub-imperialists” is not only discriminatory but also a violation the law enacted by the NRM government in 1988—a law which has never been objectively enforced but maliciously used to suppress political freedom by persecuting political dissidents and muzzling the media.
For all the reasons given above Ggwanga Mujje members are encouraged to be active in the struggle to fight for national unity, to be brave to face any future challenges but above all to strive for political freedom, cultural dignity, peace and security of all people in our diverse society. As long as suppression of freedom continues and the liberty of His Majesty Ronald Muwenda Mutebi is violated there will be no peace in Uganda.
Nevertheless, all people are encouraged to use peaceful means to achieve our objectives. We advise all peace-loving people not to support, subscribe to or buy any publications that are published, sponsored or promoted by the government of Uganda.
This statement is endorsed by members of Ggwanga Mujje who convened in an emergency meeting in Waltham, Massachusetts, USA, on Thursday, September 10, 2009.