CBS should not apologise to Museveni government because it is a trick. The idea is to trap CBS management into accepting liability for the damage caused during the riots.
Basically, such a signed apology would be handed to government operatives masquerading as “city traders”, who would then sue Buganda’s government in a civil court for untold billions as “damages”, citing the apology as admission of “guilt”..
The hope would be to then bankrupt Buganda through this, as properties (read land titles) could then be attached, etc.
Those comparing it to the New Vision apology miss the point: there was no liability involved.
Those saying it is the end of CBS fall into two groups: anti-Native (actually self-hating) Africans who along with the government want to panic CBS management into falling for the trick.
2. People with no sense of history: When Governor Cohen deported Kabaka Mutesa in 1953, he made an official announcement assuring the Baganda that they “would never see their Kabaka again”. We know what happened next.
The UPC people made similar noises when renaming Bulange “Republic House”.Keep on moving.
there is a lot to suggest that many contributors here do not have positive motives behind their postings. This is evidenced even in the great sensitivity about their true identities.
There is another problem though: they are part of a scheme to spread was is known as “Hate History” about Buganda. The logic is that if you want to destroy a people, first make them look bad by creating negative myths about them through distorting history. There are many regional and global examples of where this has been done. It won’t succeed in our case as as long as we keep our eyes open.
All I am therefore trying to do is to make sure that the real facts, historical and contemporary, are on the table, so that nobody gets misled by these misbegotten children on Governor Cohen.
Here is some information about the real meaning of Mutesa II’s return. Just like Cohen had said it would “never happen”, many engage in the same mistaken thinking about Natives’ rights in Uganda and Africa today. Did Cohen succeed in his vow, as some of his children are now trying to wish?
This is a description of “His Excellency” Governer Cohen’s problems, on Wikipedia (black underlining is mine):
Governor of Uganda
In 1952 he was appointed Governor of Uganda, with the task of preparing that country for independence. He reorganized the Legislative Council to include African representatives elected from districts throughout Uganda, thus creating the basis for a representative parliament. He also introduced economic initiatives, including the establishment of the Uganda Development Corporation.
In 1953 the Lukiko (Parliament) of Buganda sought independence from Uganda. Edward Mutesa II, the kabaka (king) of Buganda demanded that Buganda be separated from the rest of the protectorate and transferred to Foreign Office jurisdiction. On the 30 November Cohen deposed the Kabaka and ordered his exile to London. His forced departure made the Kabaka an instant martyr in the eyes of the Baganda, whose latent separatism and anticolonial sentiments set off a storm of protest. Cohen’s action had backfired, and he could find no one among the Baganda prepared or able to mobilize support for his schemes. After two frustrating years of unrelenting Ganda hostility and obstruction, Cohen was forced to reinstate “Kabaka Freddie”. The Kabaka returned to Kampala on 17 October 1955.
The negotiations leading to the Kabaka’s return, although appearing to satisfy the British, were a resounding victory for the Baganda. Cohen secured the Kabaka’s agreement not to oppose independence within the larger Uganda framework. Not only was the Kabaka reinstated in return, but for the first time since 1889, the monarch was given the power to appoint and dismiss his chiefs (Buganda government officials) instead of acting as a mere figurehead while they conducted the affairs of government. The Kabaka’s new power was cloaked in the misleading claim that he would be only a “constitutional monarch,” while in fact he was a leading player in deciding how Uganda would be governed, and would become the country’s first president in 1962.