Are you really sure that Buruli and Bunyala are independent of Buganda kingdom because, as far as I know, the Baganda and Luganda still dominate these territories, and its likely to remain so for a long time. Please, let us not divide our country more that is already divided. There are less Banyara and Baruli in the so called territories than other tribes. So, if you want to advocate for a referendum, please go ahead and see who loses out.
I’m so astonished that the discussions that raise our emotions are mainly centred on our tribal outfits. May be, most of you are not interested in the project Uganda anymore. Why don’t we hold a referendum on that before we start fighting for territories, anyway?
My conclusion in some of your arguments is that you hate the project called Uganda. If you don’t, then you don’t see that project as sustainable, a reason why you are fighting to get Bunyoro ‘kingdom’ a big share before Uganda breaks up. Honestly, if you did not hate ‘Uganda’, you would not mind Uganda being built around the characteristics of the dominant tribe (the Baganda) and their culture because this itself minimizes the future cultural divisions in the country, thus strengthening the Uganda project.For instance, because of tribal led decisions, Obote failed to build Uganda around Buagnda between 1962-71 and 1980-85, yet he had all the means to do so. Museveni has also been a victim of the same policies such that i hear he is even compiling a Runyankole dictionary- which he intends to help publish before he leaves power, though there is already one in book stores.
Critically thinking, Buganda nationalism should not be looked at as a dangerous force that could break up the country but it should be looked at as something that could ultimately erase the many more tribal outfits in the country.People should not look at those Baganda who love their Kabaka wholeheartedly as a threat to the continued existence of Uganda. All these tribal outfits could easily be more skilfully integrated and assimilated, which will defuse tribalism in the country in the long term. Our concern as elites should be about keeping the country together but I’m surprised that most of you are driven by your personal feelings against the Baganda.
Yes, the absurdity and immorality of this strategy are obvious,e.g. other tribes will feel like they are being less empowered culturally than the Baganda, and that it is immoral to advocate for erosion of some cultures in the country, but hey, the alternatives in place will keep us fighting each other on several fronts.If Obote had followed this strategy , I’m sure Luganda will be a national language by now; we would not be fighting as much as we are doing now, e.t.c. Instead, he decided to stuff things up with his tribalism, which would have worked if the Langis and Acholis were probably the majority in Uganda, but they are not.
What some of you are advocating for is dangerous in the long term because you want to build a Uganda defined by borders within. I have been told that you are a Munyoro but you reside in Buganda peacefully, speak Luagnda fluently and I believe you have never been discriminated against by Baganda, but your messages against Baganda make a guy like me kind of fear even to buy land in Bunyoro- because I fear I will be discriminated against due to my tribe.
Lots of people have been killed because of these so called borders. For instance, the USA has killed thousands of Mexicans at the border, through shooting, beatings, death by thirst, exposure to the elements, rape by brutal border law enforcement is not uncommon. Just because Mexico is not welcoming to US immigrants doesn’t make what the USA does to people is correct. Apparently, some politicians in Washington feel that they are benefiting from Mexican immigrants such that it’s time to open up borders to them. Mexicans have shagged USA women and there is some kind of integration already going on. So, what is the purpose of continued discrimination of Mexicans? I think Obama is slowly addressing this issue with his recent public proposals to allow Mexican immigrants to legally work in the USA.
Similarly, Let’s find a way to build a Uganda without nation borders within and the best way is to do so around the dominant tribe in Uganda because it is easy that way. I’m not proposing this because I’m a Muganda but I’m looking at the big picture here. Baganda are already marrying Banyankole; northerners are marrying Basoga; everybody is marrying everybody, but we need to find a common cultural aspect to keep this integration momentum going.
So, please stop looking at Buganda nationalism as a dangerous thing but instead look at it as an opportunity to build a future border-less Uganda. You cannot do that around the minority, as simple as that, and you are not going to undo all the effects of colonialism through your so called proposals. Just think about it if you really love the Uganda project to succeed.
Abbey Kibirige Semuwemba