Suddenly, CBS Radio was back on air after over a year since it was abruptly switched off the airwaves by a regime hell bent on suppressing people’s opinions. I remind readers that I’m no Aisha Nankya or Edriss Kironde so my article will not be published in the New Vision or the daily Monitor. Pro-Buganda writers don’t get such privileges.
37 people were killed, 150 left unemployed and hundreds of businesses crippled simply because General Museveni, General Tinyefuza and General Kayihura did not want that the decision blocking the Kabaka’s visit to Kayunga was reported on CBS Radio. Was it all necessary? NO is the big only answer.
But the military men did not end there. To re-open the station they imposed tough conditions: That the station moves out of Bulange, that the station stops referring to itself as ‘Radio ya Ssabasajja’ and that certain journalists including Betty Nambooze be fired. All conditions were unacceptable to Baganda and so the issue went to court.
But before our learned friends could have the final decision on the matter, I hear that government changed heart and decided to let CBS back on air without any conditions other than ensuring that broadcasts are in line with broadcasting standards.
Somewhere somehow something happened. Suubi lya Buganda, a pressure group advocating for the rights of Baganda in the 2011 general elections was gaining momentum in Buganda and hurting the movement government in what was a movement strong region. Will the re-opening of CBS Radio reverse the NRM rot in Buganda.
I hope not because for me CBS was never part of Ebyaffe. If the government says that they close it again I’d say go ahead. It’s not the radio station that hurt the government but the message that was being transmitted to the masses. This message was the return of Ebyaffe. These include ‘akenda’ the 9000sq miles that Uganda government confiscated from Buganda during the 1966 crisis. The payment of rent arrears totaling sh 20 billion that the government has refused to pay to Buganda for use of her county properties and the refusal by the government to return the country to a federal system of government.
Also, it is this NRM government that made an attempt to remove Kabaka Mutebi from the throne claiming that he was not the real Kabaka of Buganda. They refused to the Kabaka from visiting Bululi county in 2007 and Kayunga in 2010 citing security concerns. Government has encouraged want away counties in Buganda and supported the Kaamuswaga to rebel against Mengo, legitimized Bunyoro’s illegitimate claims to Buganda counties in Singo, Bulemezi and Bululi. At one time President Museveni was encouraging Basoga to claim Bugerere county. In the background, the government was busy re-drawing the map of Uganda and eliminating the word ‘Buganda’ preferring to refer to Buganda as the central region. Don’t forget the kidnappings of Buganda Kingdom officials Betty Nambooze and Peter Mayinga.
To finish off the kingdom, the Movement government has a proposed legislation in Parliament called the Kampala Bill. The contents are the last nail in the coffin for Buganda as we know it because Buganda counties of Busiro, Kyadondo, Kyagwwe and Mawokota will be taken out of Buganda and placed under central government control. In effect ending Buganda as a viable future ‘Federal’ entity.
At one time the President referred to ‘Akenda’ as “Public Land in Buganda” and went on a campaign to rally the whole country against Buganda. All this was being done without provocation and despite the fact that President Museveni got 1.74 million votes from Buganda at the last general election. Giving up Buganda, the Kabaka and identinty was the price Baganda had to pay for voting and standing by the NRM government for the last 25 years.
Unfortunately for President Museveni, these issues remained on people’s lips even when CBS has been closed. Infact Baganda started to identify themselves as victims of a slow genocide and there’s a case at the United Nations. Buganda Nationalism became stronger and the anthem ‘Ekitibwa kya’Buganda is now a must sing at every major Buganda function in the community. For Museveni closing down CBS has been a sad failure and reversing it a humiliating retreat. Should we welcome it? No. Because our focus is on ‘Ebyaffe’ and NOT CBS radio.
We should instead ensure that we do not have NRM MP’s anywhere in Buganda . Museveni and his regime are hostile to Buganda and cannot be trusted with power and our destiny. If you give them power again during the 2011 elections their actions in government could be worse. Don’t rule out total enslavement of Baganda in the next 5 to 10 years. Already they are creating districts around the kingdom for the purpose of being able to create sub-autonomous entities in Buganda.
Stay away from anyone from the movement if you love Buganda and Uganda. It is in the interest of Uganda that the Buganda question is solved.