The most peaceful era Uganda ever had post political independence was during the regime of Sir Edward Muteesa save the Obote dirty schemes that he Obote was striving to hatch against the Kabaka until he succeeded in April-May 1966 when he attacked the Kabaka’s palace.
While the rest of Uganda was peaceful during Obote’s first regime, Buganda was unhappy because Dr. Obote had abolished kingdoms and the Kabaka Muteesa was in exile in London. The Baganda felt marginalized save those who embraced UPC and were given government positions.
There are those who think that DP + Baganda + Acholi; a reference to the fact that DP is mainly a Catholic and Baganda party and that with Nobert Mao who hails from Acholi – cannot work to rule Uganda.
To those who think like this I have thi sto say: stereotyping is undesirable. In Uganda’s population are more Catholics than any other religion, unless if in recent years Christain evangelicals (the Born-Agains) have gained more numbers than Roman Catholicism.
If there are more Catholics in Uganda I do not see why these catholics let the DP in theb hands of Baganda for decades. Where were they? Certainly, there are more Catholics in Uganda outside of Buganda than there are in Buganda. Why didn’t they use their votes to elect anyone outside of Buganda to head the DP?
To say that the Baganda and the Acholis cannot rule Uganda is absurd. Again this is another of the stereotyping habit some people unfortunately have, Before Museveni who ever thought that a man who hails from Ankore could have been Uganda’s president for over twenty years? Museveni has been voted into office three times so far not by his kinsmen of Ankore but Ugandans generally.
The Baganda cannot rule only because they are marginalized by the rest of Ugandans out of envy and jealousy on account of Buganda’s geographical location as the center of the country’s politics and seat of government.
In addition, the fact the Baganda have by numbers been the most educated by the time of independence, and may be up until today simply because they happen to be the biggest single tribe in Uganda.
Of course it is not because they are smarter than anyone. They were favored by natural circumstances. So, the rest of ethnic groups usually do not vote for a Muganda to become the nation’s top leader. Is it a kind of political punishment based upon envy or what?.
The fact is that even if each adult Ganda voted for a Muganda in the DP President General’s elections, they would win versus the rest of Ugandans. The only reason a Ganda has been elected DP President General over the years could be that Ugandans in other ethnicities have not been participating in the Party Elections; may be they have not always been sensitized and mobilized to vote.
For this reason it is wrong to accuse the Ganda people for monopolizing the Democratic Party over the decades. If Ugandans in other parts of the country awaken and get mobilized into the politics of their nation, there is no way for the Baganda to win elections as a people if other ethnicities do not elect them. But that would be tribalistic marginalization of a people.
Those who accuse the Gandas in this matter forget the Ugandan political history where the Ganda have been shown to transcend ethnic lines and elect non-Ganda Ugandans to political leadership. From Obote to Museveni and now to Nobert Mao the Gandas have demonstrated they can vote any one irrespective of ethnic background.
And therefore, to accuse them and keep poiting fingers to them for every political imbalances in the country is wrong and unfair.
Out close to 30 millions Ugandans, there are only about 4.5 million Baganda. There is no way this percentage of people can control the nation’s politics the way they are being portrayed every time some one wants to apportion political blame.
This is true especially since the 1960s many ethnic Ugandans have been highy educated; during Obote’s two eras, more Langi and Acholi ethnicities became more educated.
During Idi Amin’s era, it was the Lugbaras and Kakwas and the Muslims at large who woke up to academic education. During the Museveni era, we have seen more and more people from the Ankore and Kiga ethnicities getting more educated and joining national politics than ever before.
In such a matrix, there is no way one can stii be blamingthe Baganda for political monopoly in Uganda. The Baganda are hence tired of being blamed thus.
If Ugandans other than the Ganda ethnic group desire to unite to monopoloze Ugandan politics they can very ably do so without having to point finger at the Gandas for any mistake. It is a just a question of poulation demographics or ratio.
Museven has studied this and has taken advantage of it to great lenghts and this is how he wins. If other political leaders want to win in the elections, they need to apply mind-logic recreation to the political game of Uganda.
Personally, I look forward to the day when Ugandans will look to themselves as Ugandans first and this or that ethnic group second. United as Ugandans we can do a great deal for our country than when we continue looking at each other based upon our ethnic backgrounds.
Nepotism exists in Uganda because our leaders have failed to unite us as Ugandans; instead, they resort and lean more to their personal ethnic lines than to our national identity first and foremost. Uganda needs a leader that will build Uganda as a single nation in the spirit and heart of every Ugandan.