Advise to Baganda from Kalundi Serumaga


Dear  Africans:

I am writing to thank you for all you are doing, and request you to avoid getting distracted

Always remember that you are arguing on a voluntary basis, to develop knowledge, against persons who are paid to maintain a flow of lies.

If you wish to conquer a people, you must first destroy their historical knowledge of themselves. This is the mission the British (and others) began with colonialism, but were compelled to leave before they were finished with the job.

The reason the Brits now love NRM so much is because they have been willing to take up and try and continue the task.

Peddling hate history is a key tactic in this strategy.

But for such Africans, the first thing they must destroy is their ability to love themselves as Africans. They become slavish “house negroes” , working as intellectual guard dogs for Europe’s continuing ambitions in Africa .

Yes, they hate you (in this case Baganda). But that hatred is small in comparision to the self-hatred and secret contempt they often feel for themselves. This is manifested in how they periodically “kwesiluwaza”  by resorting to schoolyard jeering and trying to make other “funny” noises in print. It is a recognition inability to maintain a sensible debate until they have been told what to say next. A dog cannot exceed the arguments of its master.

It is one of Africa ‘s modern tragedies.

Now, the challenge for you is to always stay on the point. Stick to the factual argument of substance, no matter how they try to provoke you into other ones.

The facts have been laid out in my last post.

But as I said, the real issue is: what can we learn from such history? Again, I have given my views on what lessons there are.

A increasingly relevant example here is this point I made:

” We see this again with those who used to be in NRM fleeing into exile from very system they have been part of, but also refusing to denounce it, and instead waiting to see how things may return to their favour. Their problem is not the illegitimate way in which the country is being governed, but rather the fact that it has “left them out” of the process.”

As some of you may know, Otto is actually the (partly UK-trained) UPDF officer Sabiiti Mutengesa who had to flee Uganda a few years back after seriously falling out with the then UPDF big man Gen James Kazini. The cause was the ghost soldiers/salaries issue. I don’t know the exact nature of their disagreement over this money.

Ask yourself why he has never returned, even after the death of his nemesis, to either explain his desertion, or resume his duties?

Ask yourself why he retains an unhealthy obsession with any negative thing he can find to say about  Buganda , but cannot write one word about what he personally knows about the faults of the UPDF/NRM administrative culture that made him leave the country he professes to love so much?

As a UPDF officer, he presumably would have greater chances of contributing to positive change in the force, than he ever will in Buganda , since he has no standing here. Yet he is silent where he could be effective, and very vocal where he can be of no help at all. What a waste.

Often, our obsessions with other peoples’ business is actually a mask for our deeper anxieties about our own problems. This is why it is good for us to keep our history alive. The more you know about your own ancestors, the less likely you are to become obsessed with other peoples’, as seems to happening with our friend.

The only “good thing” about this case is how Otto has managed to turn all this dysfunction into a paying career.

Once again, I urge you to stand firm, and keep on defending Africa and her cultures.

Sorry for the long post, but as you can see, the problem runs deep.


Kalundi Serumaga


About ekitibwakyabuganda

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.

3 responses »

  1. Serumurger,

    Welcome back my dear brother!,

    The summary of your latest argument is that everybody else’s account (i.e. a non Muganda’s account) of history is wrong except yours and that of fellow gandaristS!

    Anyway I was told by my S1 history teacher that telling tribal history is always a difficut thing. All those who tell tribal history (especially the weak minded ones) tend to glorify their tribes when they
    tell such history. Those considered enemy tribes are portayed negatively as an unwritten rule. Never do tribal history tellers like you ever say where and when or even if their tribes may have committed atrocities as was done to Bunyoro by Buganda. Instead the victim is always blamed.

    The other aspect that tribal historians fall prey to is crying victim! And they enjoy it very much because it generates a sense of self pity and makes it easy to blame others even for internal problems!! That is why we often cries like: Buganda is being finished, there is a plot to weakend Buganda etc. Can’t Buganda be weakened by its own internal contradictions?

    If you want to know how dangerous tribal telling of history can be look at Rwanda. The two tribes the Hutu and Tutsi had been telling hate history against each other over the decades. The result was the genocide.

    I am afraid Serumurger you could be having a similar mental bent!

    Your account of history and “truth” is therefore no exception my brother Serumurger!

    By the way do you know that the word “truth” is a highly contested concept even in academia? Which truth and whose truth are we talking about here?

    How come what Serumurger calls the truth is not truth to me? etc.

    I can give a whole lecture on the concept truth if you request.

    Can somebody there help Uganda and tell its history from a detriabilised perspective? It seems
    that Serumurger and myself can not do it dues to obvious baises referred to above?

    Peter Okello Maber

  2. Mw. Peter Okello (Ohkiller??),

    You write: “All those who tell tribal history (especially the weak minded ones) tend to glorify their tribes when they tell such history.”

    Does the glorification surprise you then? Are you just emphasising Mw. Sserumaga’s point then, that you guys must be hating yourselves?

    And anyway, can you point to us where you have written a history about your tribe, point us to just one posting! Do you have a history at all? I suppose you do, but why don’t you also tell us your history, and praise it if you like, instead of getting worked up over Buganda’s history, about which you probably know nothing, apart from perhaps the Kyankwanzi-recreated one.

    Elsewhere, I have advised Mw. Patrick Otto to not dedicate any of his effort and time on an overstudied area like Buganda. There is a total absence about Tooro history in this forum, yet Mw. Patrick Otto, with all his plagiarising skills as a “researcher” could give us alot of information. You too might want to take that advice, otherwise Mw. Sserumaga’s theory of you guys hating yourselves as though you have no origins or history is spot on.


  3. thank you for your response it is both enlightening and frightening. All ruthless cruel robbing dictators throughout history have tried to justify their diabolical actions with metaphysical explanations; subduing the population by quoting philosophical systems which justify their particular view of world order e.g. Nazis quoted Nietche. The Ugandan government will not be the first to engage in bloodshed because they have a distorted twisted perspective on their right to govern as if it were a “divine right”. In the modern world the notion of “destiny” and “divine right” does not equate with democracy. It is the ranting of a depraved despot who will grasp and maintain power at any cost.

    The comment about wiping the Buganda from the face of the earth “once and for all” is chilling. It reveals the heart of the writer! ” Once and for all” suggests others have tried and not succeeded and looks forward to a time when the eradication of a tribe can be achieved. If this happens it will be pure “politics” nothing to do with the “divine”. There is nothing “divine” about the barrel of a gun! There is no “destiny” in rigged elctions! There is no “philosophy” in courts which function on bribes. Need I go on?

    Perhaps the greatest threat to any dictatorial despot is the plight of the “dispossessed”! They have no where to go and nothing to lose!
    Watch out people let baganda and their friends have a fruit full life.

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