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Summons all opinion leaders in Buganda.

He will meet all heads of religious denominations in Buganda, clan heads and all his officials from county level down to the village.

The Kabaka of Buganda has summoned key opinion leaders in Buganda for consultations in what is widely seen as an attempt to fight a government move to isolate him. The consultations begin this week.Royal sources have told us that Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II is unhappy with President Museveni who publically calls for dialogue with Buganda but privately pursues measures that appear to alienate the monarch from his subjects.

Mengo, the seat of Buganda Kingdom, is wary of the aim and motive behind the President’s last two meetings with Buganda politicians, which they believe are prejudicial to talks between him and the Kabaka.

While in Kyotera last week, President Museveni spoke for the first time about what transpired in the September 30 meeting with the Kabaka at State House, Entebbe. He hinted that he told the Kabaka that CBS radio was undermining his government.

“If you keep quiet for a long time, people will blame you in future if problems that would have been prevented in time occur,” he said. He then added that CBS was switched off air because “it was creating tension, spreading lies and undermining unity.”

Buganda Kingdom officials will now ask more questions after the Broadcasting Council decided to re-open Akaboozi Ku Bbiri while CBS remains closed. Ssuubi FM, the other closed radio station, is also expected to re-open soon. On October 29, the President not only hosted the LC-V chairpersons from 14 Buganda districts but he also asked them to support the Land (Amendment) Bill 2007, and the regional tier style of government. Buganda rejects both.

Members of the Buganda Caucus in the same week rejected the Land Amendment Bill once again, because according to Michael Mabikke (Makindye East), the positions of government and Buganda have not been harmonised.

The second meeting the President hosted was that of Buganda MPs from his ruling NRM party. They met him the following day (Friday October 30) at the same venue and discussed the same issues. State House press releases indicated that both sets of leaders had endorsed President Museveni’s proposals.

The two meetings appear to re-enforce the President’s announcement on September 10 that he would no longer discuss Buganda issues with unelected Mengo people (Kabaka and his officials) but rather elected leaders in Buganda.

The September 30 Kabaka visit to State House Entebbe had raised hope that at last the government and Buganda would resolve outstanding differences. To fend off what Buganda officials see as an attempt to isolate them and the Kabaka, they have lined up high profile meetings between the Kabaka and key opinion leaders in his kingdom.

Those lined up for these meetings include leaders of all religious denominations in Buganda, clan heads and all Kabaka’s officials from county level down to the village. A special sitting of the Lukiiko is also being organised.

During these meetings, the Kabaka is expected to tell his subjects for the first time what he discussed with Museveni when they met on September 30 — the first such meeting in two years. The meeting came after three days of riots in Buganda protesting the government’s decision to block the Kabaka from traveling to Kayunga to preside over his kingdom’s annual Youth Day festivities.

It is not clear what the latest maneuvers on both sides will lead to, but most likely another collision. Parliament has also jumped into the fray. A motion has been lined up by Michael Bayigga (Buikwe West) for a resolution of Parliament recommending the immediate re-opening of CBS.

The Observer has learnt that Bayiga, who will be seconded by Michael Mabikke (Makindye East), will argue that the Broadcasting Council exercised its mandate arbitrarily, excessively, selectively and unconstitutionally.

“Their action has led to loss of employment [by] nearly 500 workers serving as producers, technicians, reporters, newscasters, stringers, drivers and casual workers whose survival and that of their children and families depends on earnings from these three stations,” the MPs contend.

The MPs also doubt the spirit of the Council’s actions which they say seem to be politically motivated.
“It is worrying that the BC is not involved in any dialogue with the station managers in efforts to have them re-opened, instead it is State House that is setting conditions for their re-opening,” the MPs point out.

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0 #31 liza . Marion 2009-11-06 06:17
the baganda's have big mouth ,i wish u get a president like Habyarimana of Rwanda who will show you what a bad president is, and leave m7 alone,

guys do u know being denied education, employment , upon that being killed b'se of ur originality.... . okey mwogere ,u don't know that after museveni some dangerouss men will come to power
and u will what u call danger
0 #32 Lonely 2009-11-06 14:13
Marion, Vietnamese people have a saying: "Sitting at the bottom of wells, frogs think that the sky is as wide as a lid" which ridicules someone who is narrow-knowledg ed but arrogant. It is similar to your submission.

To begin with, where is Habyarimana together with his clique of murderers? For your information Habyarimana is dead and his henchmen are languishing in prisons in Hague, Kigali, and Paris etc.

In this contemporary world Uganda inclusive, the time for dictators has since past. Have you heard about the impeachment of Mr Bashir ofSudan? In Uganda we shall never get any murderer again. So stop that outdated campaign of telling people that without Mr. Museni Uganda will never have peace at least not in this talkback column. The caliber of people who contribute to this Column are above that peasantry thinking.
0 #33 M.C 2009-11-06 15:16
Liza your comment is so childish.Now you want Museveni to rule Uganda because you think he is the Best President in the World. This kind of backward thinking will not take you anywhere.We are in a global economy where we have many rightful thinking Ugandans who can lead the country much much and much better than Mr.Museveni.

Marion today your government is denying us education by hiking university fees, it is also denying us employment because people from western Ugandan have dominated all the sectors.YOU PEOPLE HAVE SUFFOCATED US FOR LAST 20 YEARS.
Marion, i advise you to read more and find out why your government is not the best as you think.
0 #34 Teodoro Obiang 2009-11-06 16:03
M7 just does not get it, that the KABAKA being subjected to a popularity survey is taboo! The people just like him. He does not have the moral cut or internal alarm system of a serious politician.He has failed to understand that political allegiances shift with circumstances.P oor fellow, no wonder he is running mad. All he knows is 'GUN DEMOCRACY' of intimidation, violence and torture.
The Kabaka is a source of inspiration to the majority of the needy people yearning for truth and justice.
0 #35 magara 2009-11-06 16:07
dont write like an idiot its people like you who think the world is moving in reverse gear.All sensible people work towards improving what they have for the same reason we UGANDANS are saying tha this regime has served and failed on all imaginable paltforms hence they should pack up and another lot come in. for you to start threatening people with your Habyarimana sentiments is wrong in principle and vile in practice.People shouldnt fear to point out gross failings of this regime simply because their are has useless leaders elsewhere.

What Ugandans are saying is that they should be able chose freely who leads them period
0 #36 Mutebi 2009-11-07 06:12
Sabasajja and all the Democratics peoples we must not give up under the dictatorism, so we must fight against the dictatorism.
0 #37 Ssesanga John 2009-11-07 13:24
Mutebi, there is nothing democratic about Kabaka. Unfortunately Museveni caused all this and he should reverse it soon as possible. Please Mr President, tame kabaka and his opportunistic thugs. Close CBS indefinately.
0 #38 Ajong Padr 2009-11-07 14:06
Ai Ssabassajja we the Northern Alliance based in UK request you to meet other Tribal Kings e.g of Acholi so the demand for Federo can come from all who aspire to it.

We Acholi now know and have learnt a hard lesson. Every family desrves its own, every tribe desrves its own; so Federated states like UK Europe and USA are the way to go regardless of size as M7 wants to deceive people that a small country cant have Federo.

Compare UK its really small but has 4 federated tribes and countries: Scotland, Wales, England and ireland, Now even England has a King(Queen)or monarch when the others do not. Yet they are federo and even use three different currencies!

Ai Kabaka do not fear this is the real challenge... if death comes let it come as it came to the various people on 10/11 september. And not that those people were from various tribes of the nations that make Uganda.
0 #39 Kayumba David 2009-11-08 12:49
The unending conflicts in Africa and Uganda in particular are caused by the continuous marginalization of nations such as Buganda by relegating it to tribe.

It is important that we deal with the colonial state created by the British. The state is artificial and only maintainable by force and that is why we continuously go through a process of Conquest now and then.

We need to let state evolve naturally. If Baganda prefers to be autonomous nation, we should be working on a kind of relationship that it will have with other nations of ‘artificial Uganda’ such as Batoro, Banyoro, Banyarwanda and so on.

To deny the reality of state creation is a sure way of building a weak state that will be characterised by fault lines along which conflicts are nurtured and end up into violence.

We all know that President Museveni is not responsible for the current arrangement which we all find our selves in Uganda. Buganda King, the Mugabe of Ankole, the Omukama of Bunyoro and other regional chiefs with off cause the British are responsible for the artificial Uganda we inherited.

In returning the traditional institution I think Mr. Museveni was attempting to undo our sad history which maginalised nations that makes up our Uganda today. We need to realise that we cannot have what we lost without losing much of what we have gained.

Neither can we maintain what we have so far gained in a situation of negative conflicts which can easily flare up into violence. I fore see failure of the East African community if we fail to deal with internal conflicts constructively.

No body wants to have unity at macro level when there is none on micro level. Therefore we need to think creatively on how we deal with the Buganda question without using the force which the colonialist used to maintain the artificial Uganda.

I call it artificial because it did not grow naturally out of peaceful cooperation of nations (commonly referred to as tribes).

So, we need a national wide consensus on which direction we can take which takes into account the aspirations of the people of all origins that make the present Uganda. I have a feeling that what Buganda want is power and it will not get it while other silent communities have not got it as well.

These communities such as Banyoro, Banyanole and so on may be afraid to ask for it yet down inside their heart they too need power.

It is costly to destroy even an artificial state but hardly easy to maintain it either. Because maintaining it calls for either good and accountable governance (which has failed in Uganda) or suppressive and corrupt governance which cannot survive the will of people and as a result is the constant blood shed.

Ugandans should repent- change our mind set and begin to think beyond personal and family interest. Mr. Museveni had an opportunity to transform the artificial Uganda he inherited but it sad that not much has been realised.

We should develop a culture of talking to each other honestly. If we do not, nothing will suffice: National prayer days will not help. It is actually stupid to think that prayers will do any thing. Even God want us changed minds. To do things more differently; this our president has failed.

I wish Museveni would begin to think like a parent. He occupies a position of a parent. What should a parent do to ensure that his children have good life? Will a parent rob his children? Will a parent hire thieves to cook for his Children?

I wonder what kind of book that inspires his excellence! It cannot be the Bible! The Bible gives wisdom.

Finally, Buganda kingdom should not give up calling for some thing better. But should do so knowing that it is a natural right that no one should violet.

Buganda should not forget the times we live in and so should allow itself to be a platform for millions of Ugandans that are voiceless and have desire for a better country. We should help all people to realise what the modern state has failed to deliver.

We should build alliances of the willing and advance the cause peacefully. I shudder the fact that Uganda continues to loose millions of money at the hand of once promising liberators who have turned something else.

I have waited to see the NRM cadres whom Mr.Museveni has been saying that they have graduated to do an honest job but none is coming. How can you fight corruption when you have not changed the methods? No one can fight an idea whose time has come.

It is now that Ugandans need to reflect on their past and the Future and decide the best way to maintain a republic or abolish it.

Kayumba David

0 #40 M.C 2009-11-08 14:03
Thank you for your comment but note the following;
Buganda acheived independence before Uganda.This was not a mistake but it was through the hard and wise efforts of our great grandies.

It was therefore a great Kingdom south of Sahara which even made the British to collaborate with during colonial days. This means that the Kingdom had everything to become an independent state.

Secondly according to the Odoki commission, other tribes also supported Federo, which means that they also know their interests.At first other tribes thought Buganda had their own selfish interests but with the discovery of oil in Bunyoro, then they realised that every tribe can fully benefit under federal arrangements.

David, for the last so many years, Buganda has tried everything, building alliances, honesty, sweet talking, negotiations etc but everything has failed.

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