US Ambassador visit to Kabaka is not unusual but it may cause problems


kabaka greets the ambassodor at banda

In 1972 the then US Ambassador, his wife, along with Joseph Mubiru ex Bank of Uganda Governor, and Fr Kigundu Editor of Munno newspaper paid a visit to Cardinal Nsubuga. President Iddi Amin was not amused.The visits became regular and Amin dispatched his Chief of Protocol to Cardinal Nsubuga and Mubiru to warn them about hosting the Ambassador and his family frequently in Rubaga.The visits were purely  simple social ones as it turned out. Joseph Mubiru wanted Cardinal Nsubuga to meet his friend the new, US Ambassador (a catholic) to Uganda.  Both were students in New York University.
The visits was too much for Amin, as Mariam Press the publisher of the catholic newspaper Munno of which Fr Kigundu was the Editor continued to be the only widely respected and quoted newspaper at the time with news about Uganda.  What happened to Mubiru and Fr Kigundu is now history.

kabaka escorting the ambassodor

However heads of states and other foreign dignitaries have been paying visits to the seat of Buganda Kingdom for years.  Ali Khan and later his son the Aga Khan paid annual visits to Muteesa.  (His son cannot visit Mutebi today because of his extensive investments in Uganda).  Emperor Haile Selasie of Ethiopia visited the Kabaka of Buganda and many such visits took place.  The Banda visit is a continuation.
Paul Lam
UAH forumist

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Ba Ssebo ne ba Nyabo, Twebaza Abaganda bonna abulumulirwa Obuganda . Era twebaza ne mikwano gya Buganda gyonna wonna wegiri munsi yonna. Omukutu guno gwatandikibwawo nga e’kigendererwa kwe kuyigiriza abantu ebintu ebikwatagana no’Buganda era nokuwanyisiganya ebilowozo nebanaffe abatali Baganda. Abaganda ne mikwano gya Buganda mukozese omukisa guno muwereze ebirowozo byamwe no’bubaka bwona obunaagasa Abaganda na’baana Buganda berizala mu maaso eyo. Obumu ku bubaka obuwerezebwa ku mukutu guno bugyibwa mukuwanyisiganya ebirowozo okubera kumukutu gwa Ugandan’s at Heart (UAH) Forum ogwatandikibwawo Mwami Abbey Kibirige Semuwemba. Era twebaza muzukulu wa Kintu ne Nnambi ono olw’omulimu gwakoledde bana Uganda bonna abali e’bunayira mungeri yo kubagatta mu byempuliziganya no’kutumbula okukolaganira awamu.

8 responses »

  1. This is a very interesting visit. What is interesting about it is that 50 years ago in 1959, when UNC split into Obote/Mayanja and Musazi/Kiwanuka faction, the American charge de affairs visited then Kabaka Mutesa at Mengo. Shortly afterwards from the blue Abu Mayanza was appointed minister of education at the Kabaka’s government and soon Musazi and Kiwanuka dropped their opposition to Dr. Obote. Then USAID donated 2 million dollars to Buganda government to start Buganda cooperative bank. My take is that this visit was in connection with the DP election. Note that Mr.Timothy Manarin, the political officer at the US Embassy was in attendance. Expect some further development within the DP soon.

    Pilipo Oruni
    UAH forumist

  2. Hope there will be no trouble as this might be viewed as Kabaka stepping on the ground he is forbidden to ( politics, hosting a foreign dignatory). Hope police permission was not necessary in such cultural meetings; or the ambassador had already got one.Yes, it should be like anybody can visit anybody but we live in a country full of suspicion. Surely, we there should be freedom of movement and associationn, but some people see it differently.

    Simon Okurut

  3. If i remember well, Idi Amin expelled the Asians from Uganda in 1972 shortly after expelling the Israeli’s, the British, Americans and the Canadians. The alleged US Ambassadors visit must have come a little earlier than that, i guess.

    Kamugisha joseph

  4. Ssebo,

    The biggest and most temperamental political feeling in the country today is the feeling on M7’s side that he can undermine, minimize and belittle the Kabaka of Buganda to the point of making his Majesty kneel and beg the Mukopi President of Uganda. Off course by his birth, Kabaka Mutebi will never kneel for the Mukopi and those who advise M7 to keep pushing this line are mistaken. The Kabaka will always be a kabaka. The US many times know more about our country than ourselves and they recognize the situation and its implications. As for kabaka and politics- he was born to articulate and plan the achievement of the interests of Baganda and Buganda-period! Those who don’t want can go and kill themselves.

  5. Simon

    I intended to respond to you as well, for I read your remarks, there is no problem Kabaka seeing The American Ambassador, in fact if he was worth the two cents that is what he should have done from get go, to get investments into Buganda, to get Baganda kids scholar ships, to get funding for Research and development in Buganda and to promote any subject he wants, personally I would prefer he supports sciences that are way lacking into Buganda. All I am saying is to do something we can recognize him by as a Kabaka of Buganda. That would be more useful than building his kingdom as the best anti government anti Uganda king.

    To yak with the government every single day and asking for our country to be sliced into very little pieces.


  6. Okello,
    Stop yr lies. The USA will not recognise Buganda as an independent state, but will look at issues causing conflict in the region. These issues include federalism, ebyaffe and fairness in the region – among others. Don’t forget Baganda number up to 500,000 – big voting block.

    Baganda have also made it clear that unless Baganda haters led by M7 stop antagonising the Kingdom then there shall be war. We will go back to the drawing board if issues dating back since 1966 are not resolved and this is not a threat.

    Michael Senyonjo

  7. I am terribly ashamed that you people have spent valuable time discussing the visit of the US ambassador to the Kabaka. It is just common sense that this guy has to step out and make new friends for the US, depending on their agenda.

    As a beneficiary of American programs, i know that you can never dictate their agenda. They come to you with their mind already set, you can do little to influence the agenda.
    Edrisa Wachemba

  8. I hope the Ambassador did not go to Banda to armtwist the Kabaka into supporting America’s bossom friend, Yoweri Museveni.

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