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Noono Nsambu ali ku list elengezza Obuganda nokubulyamu enkwe nga bwakirumira empiyi ebbiri. Wano yabadde mu ba NRM banne nga yeyama bwatajja kuddayo kufukamirira Kabaka. Nagattako nokwogera ebityoboola Obuganda.
President’s Mengo plan splits NRM
Written by Edris Kiggundu
Wednesday, 30 September 2009
From now on, I will not kneel for the Kabaka
NRM lawmakers failed this week to agree on how kingdoms and other cultural institutions should be regulated. Instead, the ruling party MPs hurled insults at each other in a shouting match one legislator described as not so different from the abuses petty traders exchange in flea markets.
Sources have told us that MPs went personal and tribal at the Monday, September 28 meeting, co-chaired by NRM Chief Whip Daudi Migereko and the Prime Minister, Apolo Nsibambi––as emotions spilled onto the floor of the conference hall at Parliament.
The main agenda of the meeting was to debate President Museveni’s recent special address to the House where he suggested measures to regulate cultural institutions.
Museveni said that traditional institutions should declare donations above a certain value that they receive, and also called for formulation of a law to operationalise Article 246 of the Constitution, which bars cultural leaders from engaging in politics.
But it appears some MPs considered this a narrow scope of discussion and instead sought to broaden the agenda by delving into other matters, outside the speech. Two MPs: Alintuma Nsambu (Minister of State for ICT) and Bruno Pajobo (Workers) presented extremist views that left others MPs polarised along pro and anti-Buganda lines.
Nsambu, reeling from a recent incident in Masaka where he was prevented by a rowdy crowd from speaking at function attended by the Kabaka, Ronald Muwenda Mutebi, said he no longer respects the Mengo establishment. He also took a swipe at the Kabaka.
He said: “They called me an Acholi,” Alintuma narrated his Masaka ordeal. “I have red blood like the Kabaka and I also have two balls like the Kabaka. From now on, I will not kneel for the Kabaka.”
Sources said Alintuma looked very emotional and angry. MPs Nalubega Mariam (Youth) and Rose Namayanja (Nakaseke) protested and demanded that Nsambu apologises, but the junior minister could have none of it.
Nsambu’s hate affair with Buganda started two years ago when he suggested that Buganda’s radio, CBS, be closed for allegedly abusing President Museveni. On his part, Workers MP Bruno Pajobo suggested that cultural institutions be abolished for what he called promoting ethnic hatred and disunity among the people, whipping up a storm and leading to calls of “motion, motion” from some MPs.
“They should be abolished because they are inciting people to hate one another,” Pajobo submitted.
Ironically, Pajobo later demanded that cultural institutions be restored for the Lugbara, Lendu and Madi ethnic groups of West Nile….
Independent Observer ate era wazzeyo? Okujjako nga onosabuluula ku bigambo byo, bibeere nga bibasanyusa. Awatali ekyo, bwonowandiika radically pro Buganda posts, they won’t be published, at best, or you’ll get kicked out again. Tukulinze.
Tewali kuddirira wadde okudda emabega. Abaganda tetujja kuddayo kukkiriza kunyigirizibwa munsi yaffe, ensi yabajajja ffe nabaana nabazzukulu. Guno mulimu gwa mugigi gwaffe okununula eggwanga lyaffe okuva mu nnyanga mweelili.
Awangaale Ssabasajja Kabaka waffe.
Nga ensi elinze okwogera kwa Kabaka ne Museveni nga eno ayongera kuweera radio zonna kuzigana kwogera ku Buganda nakuzannya luyimba lwa ggwanga lya Buganda. Alowooza alina gwalimbalimba, ajja kukizuula nti yelimba yekka.
Buganda anthem banned on radios
Written by OBSERVER TEAM
Wednesday, 30 September 2009
Broadcasting Council has directed Beat FM to stop all content that promotes Buganda
Radio stations have been ordered to stop broadcasting pro-Buganda Kingdom content that the government says could incite violence. Beat FM, which is owned by the former New Vision Editor-in-Chief, William Pike and his business partner, Patrick Quarcoo, has in response asked presenters to abandon all content that promotes Buganda.
The Observer has seen a copy of a September 29 internal memo that management issued on Tuesday after a meeting with the Chairman of the Broadcasting Council, Godfrey Mutabazi.
Says the memo: “Following a meeting with the Broadcasting Council today, concerning certain forms of on-air content on Beat FM that can be deemed inciting and may have potential to inflame public sentiments, we are required to make key adjustments to our content on both Capital Radio and Beat FM.”
The one-page memo titled ‘Buganda Content’ goes on to say: “All content relating to Buganda – the Buganda Kingdom and the institution of the Kabaka – will not be aired on both stations, unless as positive stories run in the New Vision or Bukedde newspapers covered in our press review.”
The stories which are positive, the memo says, are those that enhance the relationship between the Central Government and the Buganda Kingdom, and do not incite the public into violence. In this context, the memo adds that presenters must not give an opinion but report them as fact.
A source at Beat FM told The Observer that the Buganda Anthem that flags off the station’s morning show has been banned with immediate effect. The memo is signed by Joel Isabirye, the station’s deputy manager and programmes controller.
Godfrey Mutabazi told The Observer in a phone interview on Tuesday, that it’s true he had met Capital Radio/Beat FM managers over the content on their stations.
He said the meeting came after he had ordered the station to give him a recording of a morning programme in which something sensitive was broadcast. “They gave me the recording and also decided to come to the office. These are bad days, we asked them to be professional and conscious,” Mutabazi said.
He however denied than the Broadcasting Council had ordered the radio stations to stop broadcasting anything. But in the memo issued by Isabirye, presenters are being asked to:
Stop all talk and promos in support of Buganda Certificates.
Stop all talk and promos in support of the Buganda Football Tournament Cup finals Amasaza Cup this Saturday.
Stop all songs about Buganda and in some cases those about Buganda’s quest for federo or those eulogising the Kabaka and the Sekabakas (Buganda’s late kings).
Stop all traditional drums and shakers that introduced the evening drive interspersed with homage to the Kabaka. Stop any other comment that promotes the Buganda Kingdom or the Kabaka.
Stop all news coverage about Mengo or the Kabaka.
Isabirye signs off the memo by telling his presenters: “we shall only focus on lifestyle and entertainment content throughout our broadcasts.”
This is not the first time that the stations are being forced to issue draconian directives to staff.
Last year, William Pike was forced to throw out outspoken journalist Andrew Mwenda from the Saturday mid-morning Capital Gang talk-show. According to our sources, similar orders have been issued to other radio stations, especially those broadcasting in Luganda. Mutabazi, however, denied that.
The Buganda Kingdom owned CBS radio had its licence revoked on September 10 as riots over the Kabaka’s failed trip to Kayunga started in Buganda.
Akaboozi ku Bbiri, Suubi FM and Radio Sapientia were also switched off for reporting about the riots. Sapientia, which is owned by the Catholic Church, has since re-opened, but the other three remain closed.
Musajjalumbwa wrote:Quote:KWEJJIRA DDALA KU BUSAJJA BUNO. KULWA BUGANDA WAJJA KUBAAWO OKWEFIIRIZA KWA MAANYI. ABALALA TEBAYINZA KUFIIRWA BULAMU NGA ABALALA BALI MU KUKWANA BAKAZI OBA KUFUMBIRWA. BANNAMAWANGA BONNA BATEEKWA OKUWULIRA PRESSURE OKUVA MU BULI NSONDA. TEMUGULA BINTU BYAABWE TEMWOGERA NABO MUBEJJEKO. BULI KIMU EKIYINZA OKUBAMALAMU AMAANYI TUKIKOLE. NOMWENGE MUNYWEERE WAMMWE TEMUGENDA MU MABAALA BAGABEEREMU BOKKA. OKUVA KATI NOKWEYONGERA TUKUNGUBAGIRE ABANTU BAFFE BONNA ABAAFA OKUVA MU 1966. TUKIJJE KATI OKUTUUSA EMIREMBE BWEGINADDA MU BUGANDA. ABAGANDA NKOBA ZA MBOGO ZEJJA ZOKKA MU BUNNYA.
NABULI ALINA EKIROOWOZO KU KIKI KYETUYINZA OKUKOLA BULI OMU YEKKA NE FFENNA AWAMU ATEEKE WANO EKIROWOOZO KYE…
Musajja wa Kabaka nange nkuwagira nnyo. Abanyamulenge batta omuvubuka owe myaka 21 nebagenda nga baseka mbu “ekyo nakimpiga…maliza maliza.” Mujja kuwulira nebirala bingi ebijja okuvayo ku mpisa za bantu abo. Abaganda bateekwa kukitegeera nti mu Uganda tetukyalinamu mulimu gwonna. Okujjako nga naffe twetegeka kwesasuza nakukozesa abo bonna bannamawanga.
At the funeral of a Buganda protester
When the NRA stormed Kampala in 1986 Edward (not real name) was not yet born but joined the walking humans 2 years later in 1988. He lived all his life in the Kampala suburb of Kamwokya
Like many ordinary Baganda t hese days, Edward was not well educated and earned his living as a barber. Together with his brother Simon who lives in London, Edward looked after a family of 18.
He had no criminal record because he has never been in trouble with the Police. But when the government decided to block the Kabaka from travelling to Kayunga, Edward joined thousands of other Baganda to protest the government decision. He was never to return home alive. In a fearsome, and in the words of the President “merciless” response, Uganda Military Police fired live bullets at protesters, killing more than 20 including Edward, he was just 21.
At his other funeral at the home of his brother in London, mourners were showed pictures of a boy aged 2, taken at the time(1990) his elder brother was fleeing to exile in Britain. Edward’s brother (Simon) still has scars of bullet wounds as result of the war that brought Museveni to power 23 years ago.
It is at this fun eral gathering that Simon removed his shirt to show shocked mourners scars of the bush war to a group of angry and tearful Baganda. “He was a baby when I left, and now I will never find him” said Simon as tears rolled down his face. … “I did not want my family to go through what I went through in the early 80’s” But I’m proud of Edward, he is our hero, a hero of Buganda and Uganda.
Like his elder brother, Edward grew up as a strong believer of the Buganda nation, culture and tradition. “I fought in the Luwero war for the Buganda cause and given a chance I’d do the same again”. “Tata leka todayo, naye olutalo lugenda mumaso” (Daddy don’t go back to war but war will go ahead”)
The story of how Edward died was told by a friend he went with to defend his rights and those of the Kabaka. This friend of Edward narrowly survived a hail of bullets as he tried to get to Edward’s body. I, together with other mourners listened to this survivor as he narrated20his ordeal by phone from Kampala.
“We had actually finished the protest and going back home when police fired at us…. Edward died as a result of a single bullet to his head from the back. ….. I turned around when I saw him down and saw the soldier who had shot him pointing the gun at me. …. “Let me take him to hospital” but the soldiers refused. They spoke in Runyankore and Shwahili ..”ekyo ne kimpinga …. Maliza, maliza, (this one is traitor, finish off, finish off). For some reason the soldiers looked the other way and walked away laughing.”
“Almost all the killing anti-riot police were Banyankore, Bahima or Banyarwanda”. But most or all the victims were Baganda. “We were like a turkey shoot” Edward’s friend continued. “Baganda have lived in Ankore for hundreds of years, in many places they are the clear majority, but have never sought to create a tiny Buganda in Ankore.” “We did=2 0not chose that they don’t have their Omugabe, why are they then killing us for having our Kabaka?”
Kids left behind
Edward was the kind of young generation many Baganda left behind and went for kyeyo.
“There were no opportunities at home when we left in the 80’s and 90’s. Why are the kids we left behind being killed”, Simon asked. …. “ Ok. I had no choice; I had to leave the army because ‘the’ officers from the West wanted me dead. But Edwards deserved a decent life of freedom and democracy. That is why I spend years in the jungles of Luwero…. I am angry”…. Edward’s brother continued.
“Why is Museveni killing us”, asked one member at this funeral…….“why did police fire live bullets at unarmed protesters”
Speaker after speaker vowed to avenge the blood of their countrymen. “We shall never surrender”. “This massacre has made us even more uncompromising in pursuit of our demands”.
Surprisingly Baganda here don’t blame anybody else, not even the shooting police for their political demise but fellow Baganda in government and NRM’s Parliament for abandoning Buganda and following an agenda of the occupiers. These are the people responsible for the crisis. They include Vice President Gilbert Bukenya and MP Janet Mukwaya. These Baganda cheered on while fellow Bagnada were facing live bullets from the forces of occupation. “Bukenya and his group will ultimately pay for betraying the people of Uganda and Buganda …… “President Museveni should not find any comfort hanging on to these lose strings in parliament called NRM Buganda caucus because their days are numbered”, said another relative of Edward at this funeral.
“These people would not have been in the positions they hold had it not been for the war efforts of Baganda boys like Edward’s brother and the 250,000 civilians who died in Luwero.
Many here believe that the final showdown is just around the corner. “it’s time to end 46 years of occupation of Buganda” …… the best time to engage your enemy is when they –enemy think you’re weak, down and out”
If the regime in Kampala thought that they had managed to isolate Buganda then they they’re day dreaming. This funeral was attended by Ugandans from all regions. All agreed that President Museveni is dividing the country and unless he’s removed from power, Uganda is heading for a full blown brutal civil war.
Since the protests, over 1000 people have been arrested. Many have been charged with terrorism offenses. But these are official fighures. UK Version has received unconfirmed information that almost 1500 Baganda have been rounded up since the protests and taken to secret jails and locations in Western Uganda.
Government does not want to reveal where most of its captives are, just as it does not want anyone to provide legal representation for those appearing in court.
A military operation in Buganda reminiscent of the 1966/72 Buganda crisis is still going on. With vocal radios closed or shut down by the central government, it is difficult to know the extent of this operation. BUGANDA, a region of Uganda is under a military occupation.
Wangaala Ayi Ssabasajja Kabaka!
Posted by Busagwa Ali
Omugwaagwa bwakkuta tamanya nti nenkya ajja kwagala okulya. Ono omukazi talowooza kubya nkya kubanga kati mukkufu. Ojja kumusanga enkya nga bamwambulidde mu kkubo akaaba yegayirira. Kubanga kuluno abantu bakooye nnyo, betamiddwa. Mmwe mujja kulega ku busungu bw’Omuganda!
Weeks ziyise naye bagamba bakyanoonya bekalakaasa. Babalabira ku ki? Okujjako nga abagwiira bebalaba Abaganda bebatayagala nebabawayo ku police. Ekitali ekyo, kituufu okugamba anti banoonya baweerezako mu magye, kubanga abo bebasiinga okutya.
Basajja basasula site zaabwe nabo kussaako bintu byabwe byebagala nga ogenda obatwalira ebya Buganda? Buli gwanga kati lyeteseza byaalo. Abaganda mmwe mutannemanya naye bbo banawanga bateseza mu bannabwe.
Kirk Franklin caught in Riots in Kampala Uganda
September 11th, 2009 By Angela Benton, BlackWeb20.com
If you are surprised by the headline of this story you may not be the only one. Currently there are riots in Kampala Uganda and local newsources that would typically provide information to people caught in the mix are literally halted…atleast on the web. The Independent, a local Ugandan newsource, apparently is down because so many people are looking to it for information. They are communicating via Twitter In this day in age that shouldn’t be an issue right? Especially with so many people relying on Twitter as a source for information similar to a newswire. The main problem with that is information generally has to trend high enough to be distributed to masses on the platform. In this instance it hasn’t. Hundreds if not thousands of people (in Kampala and in the US who may have family there) literally have no idea what is going on from the ground. You are probably thinking that mainstream media has surely covered this in World News. No dice. Of course as far at the US is concerned it is September 11th so most coverage today has been focused on that. However, there is no mention of riots in Kampala on CNN.com which is often dubbed as the “King of News Media using Social Media.” MSNBC.com does have coverage in their world section. Most coverage is coming from the BBC and The Guardian (as seen from Google News). What has resulted is a handful of citizen journalist, one of who includes Gospel Singer Kirk Franklin who was caught in the riots yesterday, reporting what was going on from the ground there. We reported on this early this morning on Black Web 2.0, here is his own video account of what is going on via YouTube:
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“The polis was a tight unit where citizens would be heavily involved in the affairs of the state. All citizens were referred to as polites [pol-i-tes] and obviously this word was derived from polis. Over time, anything concerning the state, would have some derivative of polis in it.”
This sentence “Polites involved in the affairs of the polis,” suggests that it’s the polites that makes the polis what it is.(Citizens come together to form a city). So there is no polis without its polites (No city without it’s citizens) and as such, no politics.
So I say, anything inside a city that doesn’t include its citizens is not politics. That’s about outsiders meddling into the citizens affairs.
Ono Omunnarwanda yagembye nti Daily Monitor recently reported that the President said; “I will not run away from old friends. I refused to run away from Mbabazi during Temangalo saga because he is an old friend and that’s why I have always defended Otafiire whenever he is attacked by all sorts of people”. Nze kyendaba abo mubaveeko tugende mu maaso nakukola byaffe. Ba kkondo bukondo abatya nti essaawa yonna bibatabukira. Kati balwaana kufa nakuwona, kyebava babeera ekirindi. Naye ku luno Obuganda bajja kubuggwa ennyalwe.
Monitor Letters September 9, 2009
In times like this, we have to turn to prophetic wisdom
The attitude of our leaders towards the Kabaka and his subjects is a watershed mark in the breaking of the dam. Starting a quarrel is like breaking a dam. So, prudence dictates that one drops the matter before a dispute breaks out. It is blatant illogical to stop the Kabaka from visiting his kingdom.
If, for instance, the Pope wanted to visit a Catholic parish in Butambala, an area dominated by Muslims and they start demonstrating against the visit, would the government tell the Vatican to first “beg” Sheikh Kayongo for “permission to visit”?
Leadership and power ought to be established through righteousness, faithfulness, love and justice but not through wickedness and manipulations.
God may allow a measure of oppression to envelope His innocent people, but He never forgets the oppressed. This is one of the schemes to subdue the influence and popularity of the Kabaka among his subjects. But what makes him so is that ‘the good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart’. For out of the overflow of his heart, his mouth speaks.
It is a shame, nothing but a shame to refuse the Kabaka to visit part of central Buganda! I’m not sure if those who preach the Bible, at times rule by it. If by chance they do, there is food for thought: “Do not move an ancient boundary stone or encroach on the fields of the ‘fatherless’, for their Defender is strong; He will take up their case against you”. (Proverb 23:10).
Daily Monitor recently reported that the President said; “I will not run away from old friends. I refused to run away from Mbabazi during Temangalo saga because he is an old friend and that’s why I have always defended Otafiire whenever he is attacked by all sorts of people”.
But acquitting the guilty and condemning the innocent are both detested by the Lord. What I make of this is that there is a circumstantial will to fight corruption, which determines the gravitas. It is like a highway robber that jealously guards his banana plantation, and determined to chop off a hand, if a bunch of matooke [bananas] is ever stolen from the garden.
In view of this, patriotism becomes the last refuge for a scoundrel.
Putting someone and their needs above your own.