Archbishop Lwanga asked a very relevant question, “Why are Baganda not liked by non-Baganda?” The question has since been re-written, and changed to make it look like he did not put it that way.
Whether he asked it in that manner or not, let us suppose another person, not the respected Archbishop, asked it. Its relevant and
requires an answer.
When it appeared in the press I personally understood that the Archbishop has asked a very genuine question which, indeed, has been
troubling genuine Baganda, but who have no guts to ask it. The Archbishop being an innocent man of God had the guts.
Knowing that it requires a very long answer, I referred him to history books which would inform the archbishop, and the Church for that
matter, and the millions of innocent young Buganda who have been denied the opportunity to learn and know what their grandfathers did to make Buganda acquire that indelible original sin stigma.
Before somebody answered, there came Minister Kirunda Kivejinja who minced no words and pointed out, unashamedly, why Baganda are disliked by non-Baganda.
Let me quote the Minister’s reported remarks about why Baganda are dislike by non-Baganda. Appearing in The Red Pepper of April 5, 2010, the headline read, KIVEJINJA STINGS MMENGO. He accused Mmengo of having bad will towards the NRM. He said, It was unfortunate for Mengo which was restored by the NRM not to loudly tell ordinary Baganda that the NRM Government had nothing to do with the Kasubi fire which gutted the Amasiro.
He said Baganda had failed to realize that times have changed and the kabaka no longer had sway the way he used to do in the 30’s.
There was a time when Buganda was on top of Uganda. It worked with the colonialists (who were rewarding Baganda for embracing colonialism) and that is how all the schools, hospitas, and other good things came to be located in Buganda. That is how most Baganda came to be educated
because of the exclusive privileges their region got from British colonialists.
However, the unfortunate thing is that times have changed. But Baganda do not want to accept this reality. Let me tell you my friends, he told
Baganda, your country Buganda, is no longer as strong at it used to be.It cannot threaten the NRM Movement Government. We are here to stay no matter the opposition from Mmengo.
He said, that Kabaka thing is only in people’s houses and you cannot impose i it on me, Let no nobody impose it on anybody including the
Baganda youths he was addressing.
There you are.
Henry Ford Miirima