Mw Mirima Henry of Bunyoro said that the date of the shooting at Karuguuza was 31-1-1961 and he goes on to say that: “This Karuguuza incident has been mentioned in Uganda’s Parliament several times by important people. Go to Parliament and surf on their internet and also go through the official Parliamentary debates in the HANSARD.”
There was no Parliament in Uganda in 1961. If you recall we had the Legco and I have with me the debates of 2-2-1961 and 7-2-1961 and the incident does not get a mention. I have little hope whether Legco sat on the days in between because the records do not bring up anything else. On another occasion Mirima has said that the shooting incident took place in 1964. Can he tell us which is which? And Mirima should not ask us to read thousands of Hansard record, let him give us a date. I have surfed Hansard with “Muteesa”, “Muteesa II”, “Kabaka of Buganda”, “King of Buganda”, “Mutesa II”, “Mutesa”, “Karuguza incident” and several permitations and there is no mention of Muteesa shooting people for fun as put it.
I tell you what, if he had shot anybody, the British would have had a strong hand negotiating the independence constitution and would have curbed the Mengo self-rule powers to the bone but they didn’t. What does that tell you? Mr mirima then said “I am giving giving you unchallengeable facts, yet you often accuse me of not supporting my facts.” Mirima always make up stories believing them to be facts. They are not facts. He needs to do better with his smear campaign.
I have written to Mengo to ask them to take Mr.Mirima to task on these allegations but they are bloody cowards. They have not even responded to my letters. But rest assured that our day in court will come. I pray that we will still be alive when that day arrives.
Lastly Mirima is asking Buganda kingdom to apologise but what is the constitutional position today? Who has authority over the territories Mirima is making reference to? How can Buganda give up what it does not have? How could one be said to have a colony yet one does not exercise any powers over the so-called colony?
Byekwaso Omutegu kweguli
Dear Ugandans at heart,
I would like to ask Mr. Henry Ford Mirima afew questions about the Karuguza incident because I think he has taken it to unacceptable levels:
1. Did the alleged ‘Karuguza’ incident come to the attention of the then governor of Uganda, Sir Frederick Crawford?
2. Why is it that the ‘alleged Karuguza’ incident occured on 31st Jan 1961 yet the ‘Pan Africanist and Nationalist’ Milton Obote in August of the same year wrote a letter of appreciation to Sir Edward Muteesa, calling Buganda the nation that holds the key to Uganda’s salvation?
3. Why is it that for all the days of Obote’s life on earth, despite his hatred for Buganda, not at a single time did he mention of this ‘Karuguza’ incident?
4. And lastly, Mr. Mirima, talking about intimidation, is it true or not true that some time back you went to Kisubi parish, in Buganda kingdom, and intimidated the Parish Priest in his Holy Office with intention to commit suicide there and then, if the Parish did not give you 6,000,000/= in lieu
of a plot of land located on the Parish’s vast titled land that you claimed belonged to your family? According to very reliable sources, the Parish was intimidated into fundraising that money *kama mbaya mbaya* from the Parishoners’ coffers that same day and at the end of the saga you walked out of the Parish Priest’s office 6,000,000/= richer than you had walked in!
In Buganda, as per our norms (ennono), a person who threatens to commit suicide or effects the act of suicide, loses respect of the society. He/she can no longer be allowed to seat in Elders’ councils and other meetings of responsible people to debate motions of interests to the Society or Nation.
All women shun him save for the prostitutes and all men shun her (in case of a woman). In the case of a person who dies by act of commiting suicide, that person is not buried in a normal grave and all the normal procedures of sending off the dead as per Kiganda culture are not followed. I do not know about Bunyoro, but being cousin-brothers, the story could most likely be the same.
You being or having been a practising Catholic, should well be aware of how the Church (both Roman and Anglican) runs its financial matters. This is not a one-man’s business where a creditor walks in and makes a demand and he/she is paid there and then. There are set out Financial Rules and Regulations procedures to be followed when making a payment to a creditor, especially when such a huge amount is involved. But I shall return to that later on if you keep on tickling the issue.
Secondly, Owekitiniisa Mirima, I must thank you on behalf of all the keen Baganda and Uganda loving-citizens for having provided us with one vital piece of information:
Some 10 years and even may be more years ago, while Buganda was still on honeymoon with the Central govt, some Banyoro officials or individuals that may be, were planning the disruption of the coexisting peace and tranquility between the peoples of Buganda and Bunyoro by way of laying a snare in the names of cropping up a non-existent tragedy. How? By naming a street in the
youthful Kibaale district after a purportedly martydom hero, Ntogota, who was ‘murdered’ by the ever bloody-thirsty Baganda under the command of none other than their Kabaka, now Ssekabaka Muteesa II.
I must admit that this is very vital information that shall be referenced on for many more years to come in both the history of Buganda and Uganda. So to speak, this Issebanyara/ Issebaruuri/Ssabamasaba/Ssabakampala etc. did not start just yesterday in 2007/8 but during the pre-assumed days of the honeymoon! Wonderful!! Please, keep on educating us! *(Applause).*