This latest events surrounding Buganda have left me thinking of the riots in Zimbabwe against Colonial Settlers and even in Kenya during the Mau Mau uprising.That is how these young rioters percieve the status quo in the era of fast paced globalization.
These are the guys who wash the expensive cars, their owners totting the latest most expensive technologies like phones, etc. These are the taxi drivers and conductors and motor bike boda boda drivers, the market vendors etc who have not had the chance for a better education. They have seen it all.
The global realities of the gap beteeen the rich and poor cannot be hidden any longer.And these youth feel threatened to extinction. It is not only in Buganda. The same realities drove like minded youth into rebellion in the North because they could not bear the truth that a ‘foreigner’ (Museveni) had come to rule them! So it was a war founded on egoism. And the results triggered were sad but inevitable.
Looking at the aggressive nature and the stubborn look in the faces of these shabby, dirty, scrubby, poor, hungry, unemployed, uneducated youth left my heart feeling hollow. I felt that perhaps we have betrayed this particular generation? What have we done wrong to merit this outburst of anger and suicidal behaviour?
It is clear there has been a build up to this happening.And I believe that, Yes we can build back moral trust and confidence in this group.
However, the Kabaka (King) of Buganda has a high stake in this. The youth are looking up to him as their leader and Director. This is time that the true statesmanship in Ronald Muwenda Mutebi is tested.
This is the time for Queen Sylvia Naginda to spend some sleepless nights working hard like Florence Nightingale to tell her children that violence is not the only option.
This is the time for her to prove that women the world over do not support violent conflict, and this is her role as mother and wife to the King,no matter what the justifications may be.
The women in Northern Uganda stood as one united voice and condemned the conflict in a stand of nuetrality, and I tell you, their voices have been crucial in the peace and stability process.
Otherwise I see that this Baruuli Banyala question can very well be handled to its logical conclusion through dialogue and a spirit of peaceful coexistence.
Linda Akullo Mukisa