1/7 Having lived in the Niger Congo B inhabited half of Uganda, you must know the derogatory terms that ignorant Bantu use to refer to the Nilo-Saharan sections of the country’s population.
2/7 Just like you (ignorantly) refer to every one from the southwest as “Rwandese”, you may have heard such terms as “dugudugu”, “Mukooko”, “musolo”, “mudokolo”, “mudokori”, “mungudu” etc being used to refer to Ugandans that are Nilo-Saharan. Ignorant Bantu even went ahead to distort the term “Bakedi” to interprete it to mean, “the naked” just for the sake of baseless superiority. As you know, Bakedi in your Lango refer to “the people of the East”, the Kidi….or at times, the people of Okedea. It was easier for simplistic minds to twist that term to mean nakedness just because coincidentally, those people that were referred to as such happened to be scantily dressed. Yet some of those misguided southern Ugandans would never explain why they have Luo kings such as Rukidi. Infact Kabaka Mutebi has a sister called Princess Mukarukidi.
3/7 You will recall Harry Johnston’s anger directed against the Baganda negotiators in 1900 who sulked that he (Johnston) was trying to treat them like the Bakavirondo. You know that the so-called Kavirondo are the Luo in the Nyanza areas. Johnston’s response to those Baganda was that, they (the Baganda) were separated from the Kavirondo only by 10 years and two pieces of bark cloth, alluding to the misguided superiority complex…NB: “Kavirondo” itself, though an innocent-sounding term was derogatory, from Swahili “Kaa virondo” (sit: Kaa; on the heels: virondo) because the first European adventurers to reach Nyanza areas seem to have noticed that those people liked to squat…they had no stools to sit on…..
4/7 Anyhow, back to those other terms we started with: “dugudugu”: means those that speak an unintelligible language, they just bubble and gargle like a simmering paste of thick porridge..i.e., dugudugudugudugudugudugu! That is how your fellow citizens view you, just like you view all of them as “Rwandese”…..Basolo means animals, beasts, non-Bantu or non-numans, which is the same as Bakooko. In Runyankore, kikoko is a beast. Badokolo is closely associated with the region where many early post-independece politicians came from…so everybody then became dokoro. Such is the ignorance that Mr Basudde and Mr Ekwelu are peddling here. Very very low on the political scale. I should say, very primitive. You, Mr Okello are also fond of that primitive thinking, as you very well know.
5/7 You will also hear people in Buganda referring insultingly to people from the south west as “Basheshe” because of the ubiquitousness of the “sh” combination in Runyankore/Rukiga/Runyarwanda. They also will call the same people “Bashera” because of a common diet of porridge made from sorghum in Kigezi or eleucine millet in more arid zones of the west. That primitive thiniking is what Mr Musis exhibited the other day, when upon failing to defend his claims, he drifted into “bushera” talk because according to him, Otto is from Western Uganda. Of course, Mr Musisi would never be a Mushera because much of Buganda cannot support eleucine millet cultivation. But such is the ignorance!
6/7 But one wonders: if we who are seemingly highly educated and have access to the information highway, have PhDs, graduates of Universities world-over: if we harbour such clearly idiotic views, how will the mob at Kasubi view behave, the mob over whom we float as the cream? Are we not just the cream of the crap? If Mr Musisi fails to debate and drifts into the nonsense of Otto is bushera, what makes him think, him as an unmitigated hooligan, that he deserves to be policed, or ruled in any manner that diverges from what we see now? We are hooligans and we are policed by hooligans, ruled by hooligans, we prostrate for hooligans: period. We have the politcians we deserve because they are our mirror image. That is my quarrel with the Ekwelus, the Basuddes, the Musisis, and oh yes, the Okellos of our world. We are simply hooligans with LLBs, MAs, PhDs and all that! The country is in problems and one cannot fail to see where those problems originate from.
7/7 All that stems from the crisis of integration which Uganda continues to face as a very young country. The diverse communal groupings are yet to develop meaningful horizontal linkages, so, everybody is a strange stranger….”munamawanga”. You know that for example, in Karimojong, enemy and stranger are the same word…….don’t you? That continues to sum up everything across the country.
Lance Corporal (Rtd) Patrick Otto