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What is Mengo’s political strategy for (B)Uganda?

Buganda Katikiiro Charles Peter Mayiga

Buganda Katikiiro Charles Peter Mayiga

In the lead up to the 2021 polls for presidential and legislative aspirants, it is unsurprising that the (B)Uganda Question is once again at the fore and is resurfacing in a dominant way, especially because terms such as federalism—also loosely translated as ‘federo’—appear both sensible and appealing to the electorate in Buganda.

As such, Katikkiro Charles Peter Mayiga is reported to have implored the Kabaka’s subjects during the Enkuuka ya CBS Omuliro, 2019 (Buganda kingdom’s annual end-of-year fete) at the Mengo palace, to vote only those who understood and were committed to Buganda’s aspirations abridged as the Ensonga Ssemasonga Ettaano ( five core point programme).

These include: protecting, defending and preserving the integrity of Nnamulondo (the Buganda Throne); sharing power and resources under a constitutionally entrenched federal scheme, hard work and unity. One, however, is inclined to examine whether:

i. The current administration at Mmengo has an actual political strategy for Buganda insofar as her relationship with the rest of Uganda is concerned;

ii. The lack of it has, from the genesis, been a hushed resolve to tighten the grip on her encirclement by the latter; and

iii.  As an outcome of (ii), she has had to find herself at crossroads with regard to her own redemption and that of her co-encircled provinces.

Since his appointment to the premiership in 2013, Mr Mayiga has, contrary to popular opinion within both the Buganda Cabinet and Lukiiko (Assembly), assumed a single rather than a multi-pronged approach in addressing the (B)Uganda Question, i.e., focus is on free enterprise.

Confining our struggle to economics alone, one contends, is to correspondingly disregard our prized political and cultural heritage, and to ‘happily’ aid our own extinction to our adversaries’ delight.

Yet the opposite approach would, in a major way, not only assist in the holistic resolution of our challenges—present or futuristic—but also in spurring the much-desired synergies essential for the conversion of the love, loyalty and unity the Kabakaship enjoys into a formidable force that will rid us of overrule and inform our self-rule.

Thus, in view of Mr Mayiga’s half-hearted statements on ‘federo’ in the last six or so years, and in the absence of a clear policy on how to circumvent the murky politics both within and without our yard; it then becomes a little more difficult for Buganda citizens to say anything—in support or opposition—without fear or favour.

Yet, this is the very stuff Buganda must nip in the bud by unreservedly discussing all pertinent questions with great fervour and tenacity. Equally, her leadership should back rather than suffocate such discourse and consider a bottom-top tactic in revitalizing the political consciousness of her people to demand and protect their stake in (B)Uganda.

More specifically, Mengo should:

1. Return to the drawing board and re-imagine both her place and role at local, continental and global levels by fully involving both Cabinet and Lukiiko.

2. Establish a fully-fledged division responsible for strategic planning, management and implementation of the five-core-point programme within a global sense, and with a think-tank/research unit. The research must be published, translated where possible, and disseminated to the public.

3. Organise official visits by the Kabaka to Uganda’s other provinces, as well as to the outside world so as to (re)stimulate partnerships necessary for the successful struggle for self-determination.

4. Unconditionally restore the Buganda conference—a stage that afforded diverse highbrow engagement on the (B)Uganda Question. Further to working out modalities of involving those at the grassroots, we also require a clear explanation for its muzzling.

5. Court politicians and form strong pressure groups for the convening of the due national dialogue.

6. Make the Lukiiko acceptably more representative and embolden rather than weaken its institutional ability to discharge its mandate (through gagging).

7. Spot and screen young intelligent Baganda—both graduates and undergraduates—for scholarship, fellowship, leadership and internship programs at world-class universities and organisations.

8. And, keenly sensitize the public on the kingdom’s aspirations through conferences, seminars, media and barazas, among others.

Far more essential than the Nkuuka pleas, the ‘wonderful’ and ‘fantastic’ spirit in which they are made, plus the hype attached to them; is the duty to be and stay staid on the resolution of the (B)Uganda Question; thwart all tardiness and wily schemes in our yard; and not wait for parties to make our case—lest we be imagined to be making paper-tiger (byoya bya nswa) demands.

jmwesigwas@gmail.com

The writer is a lawyer.

Comments

+4 #1 miki 2020-01-15 10:00
Uganda's destiny is federalism which is certain to rise from the ashes of the unitary system which is burning down from the searing flames of injustice, extortion, confiscatory taxes, neglect and deprivation of whole regions of Uganda.

Many Ugandans now know that only federalism can give them the real tools to determine the destiny of their local areas.

Other areas of Uganda denounced federalism after being lied to that it was another self exalting ploy by the Baganda. The irony is that Buganda region has fared a little better than many other areas under the centralized system.

It has thrived, retained some of its old social-cultural infrastructure while many of other areas even lost the little development seeds like the good schools, hospitals, commercial, social and cultural vibrancy that they had through the 1960s. Now those areas are haplessly watching as their areas are being stripped of their resources like oil, marbles etc by mafias controlling the center.
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+2 #2 juwait kali 2020-01-15 13:50
Author am spending my last pennies to buy your tomatoes they are fresh.

I never understand simply why Buganda even under a centralised system fails to secure its future the last time I checked Buganda had the majority of voters in the country.

I also struggle to understand why Buganda and indeed Uganda prefer to front economics rather than politics first? Am disappointed by the cowardice mayiga has displayed during his tenure. You cannot protect wealth in a thief's house. It's as simple as that politics first thank you sir.
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+5 #3 Lysol 2020-01-15 22:38
Uganda has always gone through many turbulent times history because of the indifference and the double-standard of Mengo. It only cares for it's Federo.

One day may be Mengo will consider building a wall around the kingdom and shut the rest of Uganda out.

The so-called 'state within state mentality cannot work in the long run.

The world is dynamic and full of changes. even the British Monarchy is slowly falling apart. Mengo should fall behind BW, the only best chance for an elected Muganda to became the president of Uganda. Mengo cannot eat it's cake and have it too.
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+1 #4 miki 2020-01-16 08:15
Juwait Kali, it is easy to fault the approach by Mengo or even Mayiga for putting more emphasis on economic issues than on politcal issues.

Those who will politically dominate you first disempowers you economically. if you doubt this just look at the highlights of Mr. Museveni's recent 'Bilimbo' walk.

Those poverty-stricken grand mothers and grand fathers kneeling down for crumbs from the emperor, while the sons/daughters/grand children were in tow waiting for their turn to pick up some crumbs from Mr. Museveni's.

That is why it is important to preach the gospel of people starting those small businesses, nurturing them to growth so as to employ our people. It is easy to politically mobilize economically empowered people.
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0 #5 juwait kali 2020-01-16 12:16
MIKI should try and mobilise economically empowered people such as Betty Kamya, Nankabirwa or that Luweero 90 year old guy Nadduli who is crying like a baby because he has been dropped as a Minister.

Buganda has to start dealing with its erant sellouts and I mean deal with them.
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0 #6 juwait kali 2020-01-16 12:19
Lysol Buganda does not not practice tribal politics we are behind bobi wine because he wants fair play in Buganda/Uganda.
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+1 #7 miki 2020-01-16 20:50
Juwait Kali, the likes of Beti Kamya, Nadduli, Nankabirwa etc are not the kind of economic empowerment one should have in mind.

In many respects, they are no different from those gaunt-looking men and women genuflecting before the emperor for those brown envelopes contemptuously dished out by the emperor.

Theirs many be different in the scale and the duration. But as long as they have to keep the mouth on the emperor's nipple, or whatever, to survive and thrive, they are not any economically independent.

Balinga omwana gwebazziza ku mabere after years of having been weaned off to the point that they even forget to live on regular nutrition.

The economic mobilization and empowerment should be such that the child is forever weaned off the empire's breast milk without any danger of nutritional regression or even malnutrition.

Economic federalism would wean all of us from the emperor's disgusting, dehumanizing, and shrivelling breasts! I think that is Mayiga's subliminal message.
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+3 #8 Kirya 2020-01-19 00:58
Given a chance Buganda divorces and becomes independent to avoid chaos
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