Bugerere is one of Bunyoro-Kitara’s lost counties, donated to Buganda by Capt Colville in 1894


The best, and most honest source of information on, Bugerere, and the seven lost counties,Buyaga, Bugangaizi, Buheekura, Rugonjo (Singo), Bulemeezi, Buruuli, Bugerere(Bunyala) are the official British Archives availlble to the public in London, free of charge..

The then British military commanders, Cpt. Henry Coville, Fredrick Lugard, Maj. Gerald Portal, Ternin, Thruston, Macknon, etc. were all, by order from London, to record and dispatch their daily military records of the invasion of Bunyoro-Kitaraby the Anglo-Ganda army.

Their records , in writing, are meticulously preserved. Bunyoro-Kitara sent the Principal Private Secretary of the Omukama, Mr. Yolaamu Nsamba to London and he spent six months there recording and photocpying these records.

Bunyoro-Kitara kingdom, has over five volumes of these records.  I personally went to London in June-July, this year, and verified what Yolaamu Nsamba recorded.

Indeed, Cpt. Henry Coville wrote a book where he reproduced his military records.

Cpt Coville clearly states that in 1894 he addressed the Buganda Lukiiko and donated all the Bunyoro lands south of River Kafo to Buganda as a reward for Buganda’s assistance to fight Omukama Kabaleega’s Abarusuura army.

This act was snot officially communicated to the London Home Office at that time. Because he knew it was illegal.. Hence it was not divulged until 1899 in London and by that time the Home office said it was too late to reverse. Hence the then Governor who concluded the 1900 Anglo-Ganda Agreement had no alternative but to legalise the annexation of those seven lost counties to Buganda. Remember the agreement was signed by British colonialists and  Baganda alone. No other Ugandas participated. Hence it was imposed on Ugandans. That is why we say it is a kicupuli agreement. We might as well call for its revision where all Ugandans will participate.

The Omukama of Bunyoro-Kitara, Kaarukara Kiteehibwa protested so strongly that in 1903 he abdicated the throne in protest over the illegal annexation of the lost counties to Buganda. In protest also were two  British administration officials by the names Foster and Pulteny.

The indigenous Banyoro in the lost counties formed THE MUBENDE BANYORO COMMITTEE by representatives from the seven lost counties.
From 1951 when the leadership of Mubende Banyoro Committee was taken over by my father,the late  Joseph Mujoobe Kazairwe, he frequently toured those seven lost counties on his bicycle. I was a young man at that time and I used to accompany him to meet the late Fenekansi, the heir to the Nyamuyonjo who died two years ago.

I can give you more historical background material if you ask for it.

Henry Ford Miirima

Press Secretary of the Omukama of Bunyoro-Kitasra


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  1. Henry has caught Museveni’s disease of re-writing Uganda’s history. Museveni actually thinks that Uganda did not exist before 1986 and that it might not exist beyond his rule! Wake up, Henry, no amount of distortion will change historical facts. The colonialists donated only two Bunyoro counties to Buganda namely Buyaga and Bugangazzi. These were returned to Bunyoro in 1964 after a referendum. Bugerere was annexed from Bunyoro after fierce battles well before the colonialists set their foot on Ugandan soil.

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