December 5, 2013 at 2:31 am #18964Alex KigongoKeymaster
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Admin.December 7, 2013 at 11:50 pm #28067
THE BAGANDA GRANDPARENTS’ LETTER TO QUEEN ELIZABETH OF ENGLAND
7th February 2012
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
London SW1A 1AA
RE: INDEPENDENCE/FREEDOM FOR BUGANDA
Ba Jjajja Ba Buganda is Luganda for The Grandparent Generation of Buganda. We are a group of senior citizens inside the The Bazzukulu Ba Buganda International grassroots organization. We have deep concerns regarding the state of things in Buganda, in relation with the rest of Uganda. We have witnessed the course of events in Uganda, from the time it began its self-rule. It always changes regimes through war. The accumulation of unresolved political issues has already caused social unrest. As we watch our younger people, we step forward in advocacy of a change management strategy.
Buganda was coerced into becoming part of this country-Uganda. Ever since, there has been nothing but bloodshed. The number of people of Buganda murdered by the successive Ugandan governments is in millions. Moreover, suffering and deaths continue. To date, Baganda children are murdered in sacrificial rituals, Baganda people raped in broad daylight, bludgeoned with iron rods, burnt with acid, whole families butchered and many innocent Baganda locked up in prisons as violence in our nation Buganda escalates to an unprecedented degree. Uganda is perpetrating a high-key systematic genocide on the Baganda people. There is land grabbing, disinterment of our dead, burning of schools and work places, destruction of shrines, desecration of our norms and traditions, as well as violation of the ecosystem and distortion of our history.
The Late King Edward Muteesa II of Buganda and his government had given Buganda’s participation in the Uganda experiment 25 years of probation. That was in 1962. Just four years later, the legitimate government was overthrown, all agreements scrapped, excluding Buganda from the union. The first genocide against the Baganda was carried out. The probation years ended, ingloriously, while the word Uganda became globally synonymous with atrocities. Buganda must stand as the Almighty God created it. Free. Too many lives have been lost. This year, while the rest of Uganda celebrates 50 years of Independence from Britain, with the reflection to her Majesty’s Jubilee; Buganda is counting yet another year in bondage. What Buganda needs is her independence/freedom.
Your Majesty is the head of the Commonwealth – (a major force for change in the world and of which Uganda is a member State), Governor of the Church of England and defender of faith. The United Kingdom government presided over the formation of the country Uganda. It must know how to undo it. Otherwise, we would just as much appreciate Your Majesty’s intervention on this issue.
We thank Your Majesty for your time. God bless the Queen and the Kingdom of Buganda.
Rev. Fr. Irineos Magimbi
Ba Jjajja Ba Buganda.
CC Ssaabasajja Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II of BugandaDecember 7, 2013 at 11:55 pm #28068
The signed copy is not readable! I’ll just copy and paste.December 7, 2013 at 11:58 pm #28069
OF/ OBBI1/ TR-BUG
22th April 2013
To the Peoples of the Original 15
(Kingdoms, Territories and Districts
That formed Uganda at Lancaster)
Re: THE TRUTH SHALL SET US FREE
Olukiiko Lwa Bazzukulu Ba Buganda International is Buganda Kingdom’s worldwide grassroots organization. We are writing in great distress over the signs of the times that proclaim a regime change around the corner. This in Uganda is always a violent process with many lives lost and properties destroyed. Even though this usually happens mostly in Buganda, severe atrocities have been committed in other regions too. For this reason, we are calling to all of you, individually and collectively, to join us in working towards a change management strategy. To start with, we have to go back and look at Uganda’s past and present and decide on the most logical and effective course of action.
In the year 1962, groups of people from the Kingdoms of Buganda, Ankole, Toro and Bunyoro, the Territory of Busoga, Districts of Acholi, Lango, Teso, Bukedi, Bugisu, Kigezi, Karamoja, West Nile, Sebei and Madi went to Lancaster in the United Kingdom to take part in a conference for the formation of the country Uganda. These were the original 15, designated as kingdom, territory, etc., according to their preferences. They represented every individual man and woman from their respective areas. Coerced as the Union was, choosing it over conflicts with our conquerors burdened us with a responsibility towards its member groups. Nevertheless, many who occupied the leadership positions ever since chose to become colonial agents. They did not hesitate to speak and act in ways detrimental to some groups. Their subservient mentality drove them to conduct an aggressive brainwashing program on their people, pushing them to commit crimes with far-reaching consequences. The people’s fault was failure to search for the truth, in some instances ignoring it even when obvious, thus condoning injustice and refusing to think their own thoughts. This is a problem, which we must solve in order to reverse this trend of total destruction threatening us all.
The colonialists and their agents had a plan, to assimilate the different peoples into a common culture at breakneck speed. The intent of this was the extinction of any remnant of indigenous characteristics that would inspire rebellion against the British Empire, over the long term. They called this, breaking eggs to make an omelette. The trouble was that each agent in charge wanted the final product to be a hybrid of his own and the English cultures. The other groups resisted. Buganda being at the center of all this, did so relentlessly. The differences persisted, albeit wrapped in hypocrisy. What would have been natural borderlines in a true and voluntary multicultural union ended up being splits in a dysfunctional unit. Through these cracks, enemies from within and without would take hold and pull to complete the damage. Today, it is a common secret that people feel loyalty only to their Kingdoms, Territory and Districts. At times like this, each of them sits in council discussing their group struggle. They scheme to fight, conquer and oppress others to secure for themselves the lion’s share of what Uganda has to offer, though some just struggle for their survival in the only way that appears possible. However, the past has taught quite a few sharp lessons to those who unreservedly thought and acted as Ugandans. The betrayals, arrogance, lies, theft, insults and gruesome crimes have been a tough drill to forget. As a result, this time around, hoodwinking the public is extremely difficult. Moreover, without trust the prospects of working together look dim. Anyone feigning ignorance of this is either self-seeking or incompetent. Meanwhile we hang between the devil and the deep blue sea.
Here in Buganda, children are murdered in sacrificial rituals, people of all sexes and ages are raped in broad daylight, bludgeoned with iron rods, burnt with acid, whole families butchered and many innocent people locked up in prisons, while frequent poisonings threaten to undo our social fibre. All this has made ours a fertile ground for diseases. There is land grabbing, disinterment of our dead, burning of schools and work places, destruction of shrines, desecration of our norms and traditions, as well as violation of the ecosystem and distortion of our history. Public funds are stolen, health and education are in the gutter, properties robbed, people displaced and our ancestral land auctioned off to foreigners. All these together qualify as high-key systematic genocide of the Baganda. Uganda is on a free-fall descent down into the pit. It is indisputable now that only the truth shall set us free.
All over the world, the Baganda are demonstrating a great will to come to terms with our past and present, as well as take responsibility of our future through brainstorming. We have put together the ideas we have gathered from these meetings, to help boost individual and group endeavours in finding lasting solutions to our common Ugandan problems. From these we have chosen ten redemption points attached to this letter. It has been said that wars begin in the mind, and that is where they must end first. It is imperative that we understand the impossibility of building order on disorder. Uganda was built on a bad foundation for all the wrong reasons. Nevertheless, we are all leaders at different level of society. Fullfilling this responsibility should be high on our list of priorities. We need to start thinking and working seriously about saving lives above everything else. For the lives we save might be our own or those of our loved ones.
Please pass on this letter and the Ten Redemption Points to as many people as you can.
God and Buganda, One Spirit, One Living Heart
Long live the Kabaka of Buganda Ssaabasajja Muwenda Mutebi II
Major General Elly Kigozi
OBBI – Secretary Diaspora (London)
CC: Ssaabasajja Kabaka Muwenda Mutebi II
CC: Traditional Leaders of the other 14 of the Original 15
THE TEN REDEMPTION POINTS FOR UGANDA
The ten redemption points are some of the most important things we have to understand in order to stand a chance at succeeding in improving the circumstances we live in, as we struggle to build a better world for our children and the future generations. We encourage people to do more research on the information herewith, even though we are sure the reasons and explanations allow an individual full responsibility for words and actions — or silence and inaction.
1. African Slavery – Let us start with the most disastrous part of our history that exerted a determining impact on all that has happened since, up to where we are today. The African slave trade began in 1440. The first in the trade was Portugal, later joined by other European countries like France, United Kingdom, and Spain. Later, wary of the growing slave population, the very countries that provided the slave market started advocating for the abolition of the trade. Then Europe switched its interest from the people to the resources of Africa.
2. Scramble for Africa – It all started with King Leopold II of Belgium who wanted Congo all for himself. The European countries at the Berlin Conference had shared out the African territories among themselves; partitioning was the way the Europeans avoided warring among themselves over Africa. What Ugandans must understand is that by the time the whites got to Uganda their actions they had already decided upon their course of action. All that the African Kingdoms, territories and districts could do was fight and lose to this stronger enemy, as some did, or try to negotiate their terms of surrender.
3. Colonization – This was the invasion, occupation, and annexation of African countries by European imperial powers during the period of the New Imperialism (1870–1914). Men, mainly soldiers, invaded and occupied the lands and subjugated the original inhabitants. In 1894, the British colonialists adopted the name Uganda, from a Swahili pronunciation of Buganda, to include the surrounding area. Nevertheless, this was just a non-official assumption, because whatever action was taken concerning Uganda was only about Buganda; in the agreement of 1900, the Kingdom of Uganda was simply Buganda. The colonizing terms or agreements made afterwards were separate and different for each Kingdom, territory, and district.
4. Independence – When a country is successfully invaded, it is controlled by its conqueror. When this practice ends, the once conquered is spoken of as independent. The “Uganda” presented at independence did not exist when the protectorate agreements were drawn; each of the original 15 Kingdoms was individually and separately invaded and occupied. Therefore, independence could not properly be granted to the entity “Uganda” which had not then existed. Uganda was officially formed on what is called its Independence Day. A reasonable question to ask is why Britain was so determined to create Uganda even if it required bloodshed. The idea was to push different peoples together but prevent them from uniting. This is always done for power and economic gain. Independence itself was preceded by threats, kidnappings and was finally obtained on conditions. There can be independence without freedom, but there cannot be freedom without independence.
5. 1966 Mengo massacre – As Prime Minister, Obote was implicated in a gold smuggling plot, together with Idi Amin, then deputy commander of the Ugandan armed forces. When the Parliament demanded an investigation into the crime, Obote suspended the constitution and declared himself President, a position formerly held by the late King Muteesa II. According to the Baganda tradition, no one sits above the Kabaka, because that place is already occupied. The Almighty God rules Buganda supremely according to His Universal laws; and in His shadow sits the (King) Kabaka on his throne as Arbitrator – (nga alamula.). Obote thus claimed a position above the Kabaka, which to the Baganda was trying to take the place of God; he allocated to himself almost unlimited power under state of emergency rulings. He ordered the arrest and detention of several members of his cabinet without charges. The late King Muteesa II gave Obote a two-week ultimatum for a meeting with the original 15 to revise the constitution, or else the federal agreements would be invalid. Obote responded by attacking the Lubiri (Palace), alleging that there were weapons hidden in there to be used in overthrowing his government. Eyewitnesses say the Ugandan Army with the help of British and Israeli military troops carried out the assault upon the palace. The search took place with no weapons found. Edward Muteesa II and his government had agreed to the union on condition of 25 years of probation. Now with the agreements scrapped, the legitimate government overthrown, Buganda Kingdom’s palace attacked and genocide carried out on the Baganda, Buganda was automatically and legally cast out of Uganda and turned it into an occupied territory.
6. Uganda Today – It is a long held tradition in some ethnic groups in Uganda that when they commit atrocities, or even before, they start shouting out that their victims are responsible. One example is the way Bunyoro historians accuse Buganda of stealing its territories; Baganda historians say that Bunyoro stole their land and they, the Baganda, merely reclaimed some of it. However, Bunyoro calls itself the “Great Bunyoro Kitara Empire” – the Sword Empire. Imperialism is the policy of extending a country’s power and influence through diplomacy or military force. Who and why did they burn the Bugandan Bulange historical archives? When you consider the evidence, the truth shines through.
The second example is when Obote called the late King Muteesa II an imperialist lackey. He seized the presidency, and proceded to evicting the late King Muteesa from the State residence. He sent his men to load the late King’s possessions on a lorry headed for the palace. The lorry drove through Kampala with a banner that read: “Here are the belongings of the Ex-President of Uganda Muteesa being taken from State House.” Today it is common knowledge that in all this, Obote was collaborating with the British and the Israelis. He later accused Amin of doing the same in 1971 after the coup. Their collaborations are confirmed by such historical references as the Encyclopaedia Britannica.
Another piece of proof; the late King Muteesa II had rejected the British idea of an East African Confederation. Obote made his “pigeonhole” constitution in 1967, the same year the EAC was formed. Right now, the peoples of Western Uganda say the Baganda are thieves, yet they constitute the majority of officers in a government that is emptying the country’s coffers. The responsibilities for the massacres that took place in Luwero and in the North are hurled back and forth. All these crimes have been committed by armed forces belonging to one ethnic group or another. To stop the massacres and the theft, no one should be allowed to hold a gun outside the territory of his ethnic group.
7. Ethnic Solidarity – A tribe is a small nation, also used as a derogatory name for non-European nations. Within one’s tribe or nation, tribalism or nationalism is patriotic, a good thing. Nevertheless, outside one’s territory, nationalism or tribalism has many a times been used as a tool to justify the occupation and killing and subjugation of another people. Weapons by themselves are not useful without people willing to take up and use them. No one man can oppress a whole people by himself, even if with all the weapons of the world. This group responsibility is always taken to be a product of individual responsibility. However, before anyone takes up that gun he must asks himself first whether it is in his or his children’s best interests. As for the love of our kin and kith, that is an honourable thing. But it is not love if you do not accept a person with his or her faults. We must embrace our group differences in full awareness, acceptance and respect to the uniqueness of each of them. A nation’s traditions are its personality. We can work together without changing anyone against his or her will.
8. Federalism- from Latin foedus meaning “covenant, league, treaty, alliance,” related to fides “faith”. In English federal means pertaining to a state formed by agreement among independent states. In a homogeneous population, a federal system of government installed from the top improves standards in delivering services. In populations comprised of different peoples, federal systems are made from bottom up as a foundation to harness diversities into an alliance. Though the colonial headquarters were in Buganda, they dealt with each Kingdom, Territory and District separately. Local funds were used to build in Buganda as usual. For thisreason, when the Kingdoms asked for a federal system, no one complained or asked for a refund of money spent on another region. Even if it was so, this was the responsibility of the colonialist and not of that particular Kingdom, Territory or District.It is strange that some people think that the European conqueror came all the way from Europe to become the African’s slave.
When the Constitution that had taken into account some groups’ desire for a federal system was abrogated, apart from Buganda, there was no official response the other of the original 15. Some individuals were even happy about it. Now some maintain it should be reinstated. However, what precautions have they taken to ensure that this time around it will not get the same treatment as before? There is a possibility that some areas are not interested in a federal system because they are already running their local governments. Most parts of Buganda have people from other areas in all leadership positions.
Any change in the fundamental structure of Uganda’s existence is not the responsibility of the president, or any other office of the central government. The federation question was before and is today an issue that concerns the original 15. They are the stakeholders in the making of this Union. Likewise, taking the ethnic groups affairs to the Ugandan ballot is wrong – like a couple asking their child to mediate in their marriage problems. Moreover, each person does not come alone into a federal system, but in a group. The group should make its own independent decision, in an election or however they choose, and present it to the rest, together with its suggestions and/or conditions. This will promote a feeling of safety for people who reside in areas other than their origin. Some people worry that Buganda‘s quest for a federal government is an exit tactic. It is a tradition in Buganda to believe in humanity, but each area has responsibility for its own people, the environment, as well as all newcomers. There simply has to be order. To believe in humanity is to know its weaknesses and strengths. Human beings should aspire to strength, spiritual superiority, in order to have a chance at a special place close to their creator. There is nothing wrong with Buganda wanting to be special, for it does not do it at anyone’s expense.
9. Secession – When the whites made their invasion intentions known, five of the southern area Kings sat in council. They chose the late King Muteesa I to negotiate with the whites on their behalf. Even then, Buganda was cautious, knowing the incompatibility of the group personalities of different peoples. The topic of secession is gaining popularity by the day, stoked by the corruption, the unpopular laws, and the high crime rate, marginalisation or persecution of some ethnic groups, land theft, and the general plight of the common people. Anarchy is what rules when union breaks down. Most unsettling is the land issue; no group wants to leave its children with land tied up in 1000 years of leases. Because land is not portable, the land thief is committing murder. Then there is the threat of more wars. Secession has divided Ugandans in two groups, those who think of it as an economic issue, and those who see it as an essentially life-saving arrangement. The secessionists argue that seceding into the original groups disempowers the forces of tyranny. They regard all endevours of ‘saving Uganda’ as not in the best interest of ethnic groups or individual human beings. They predict that worse things will happen if Uganda is not dismantled. Those against it just speak of the economic problems that might develop. The bottom line is that anyone against any peaceful solution is arguing against freedom and the right of the people to self-determination.” Secession is an option that has to remain open, to make the union attractive and Godly.
10. Unite And Lead – History is to a people what the past is to an individual person. Just as no one knows anyone’s past like the person himself, so it is that history written by anyone other than its owner is just an opinion on what transpired. For instance, what the British write about the History of Buganda is an extension of their own history. When a person from another culture reads that, when he repeats it, it is hearsay times two. Each generation toils to pass on information to the next, because when you do not know where you are coming from, it is hard to know where you are or where you are going. Moreover, you do not feel the bond with what is yours. You become an easy target for those who want to divide and rule. What we need is to be easy targets for those who want to unite and lead. Today none in the leadership position dare speak of the real problems, the distrust, and even outright animosity among the Kingdoms, Territory and Districts that constitute Uganda. Therefore, the problem remains.
To unite is to come together for a common purpose or action. To achieve this we need to cultivate a mutual understanding, a meeting point where we agree on what was, is and has to be done.This is where the truth comes in to help us eradicate misunderstandings, insecurity, envy, hatred, anger, vengeance, arrogance, selfishness, indefference and all manners of negative feelings. We need to get the original 15 leaders back on the negotiation table to knock together ideas for a peaceful way forward. The power belongs to the people, but if the people do not exercise it others will, and against the peoples interests.We must appreciate that diversity is a source of strength, but only when recognized, accepted and respected. Life is for the living. We have to be open and ready for all peaceful solutions. We are neighbours and we will always be. Even if things do not hold today, there will always be other chances in better circumstances.
22 04 2013 GOD BLESS US ALLDecember 18, 2013 at 10:21 pm #28070
LETTER TO PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA OF THE USA
18th April 2013
The President of the USA
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20500
Dear President Obama,
RE: FREEDOM FOR BUGANDA
In the Luganda language of Uganda, Ba Jjajja Ba Buganda means the Generation of Grandparents of Buganda. We are a group of senior citizens – the over-70’s part of the Buganda Kingdom grassroots inside and outside Uganda of East Africa. First, we congratulate you on your re-election as President of the United States of America. We would also like to express our sorrow over the cowardly attack on the Boston Marathon. Our hearts go out to all those who were immediately affected, and to the entire American population.
Through a sad history, blood ties were renewed between Buganda and the Americas. Today we feel the warmth of that relationship. We greatly appreciate the hospitality the United States people give to the Baganda who come knocking at your door throughout these difficult years of our Kingdom. We always wish you the ultimate best.
We take this opportunity to inform you about the distressing state of things in our Kingdom. As you may be aware, colonialism left Buganda in forced union with 14 other Kingdoms, Tribes, Chieftains, Provinces and Territories that comprise the country known as Uganda today. Our Late King Edward Muteesa II and his government agreed to the union on condition of 25 years of probation. Buganda was cautious, knowing the incompatibility of the group personalities of the peoples involved. Diversity can be a source of strength when accepted and respected, but four years later in 1966, all agreements were scrapped, the legitimate government overthrown, the Buganda Royal palace attacked and genocide carried out on our people. According to the probation agreement, these actions automatically and legally cast Buganda out of Uganda and turned it into an occupied territory. The following years were filled with bloodshed. The people of Buganda murdered by successive Ugandan governments are numbered in millions. This happens mostly during regime change, and everything happening points to another such period in the offing.
As humans, we lack the capability of correcting the wrongs of the past, but we can improve on the present, trying our best to secure better living circumstances for the future generations.
However, 50 years later and as we write this, Baganda children are being murdered in sacrificial rituals, people of all sexes and ages raped in broad daylight, bludgeoned with iron rods, burnt with acid, whole families butchered and many innocent Baganda locked up in prisons, while the menace of poison is threatening to undo our social fibre. All this has made ours a fertile breeding ground for disease. There is land grabbing, disinterment of our dead, burning of schools and work places, destruction of shrines, desecration of our norms and traditions, as well as violation of the ecosystem and distortion of our history. Uganda is still perpetrating high-key systematic genocide on the Baganda people. Our struggle is to bring back peaceful normalcy to our motherland.
In the history of the world, no other nation stood out in greatness through capturing people’s hearts. Only the United States did this by making great music, telling beautiful stories, giving great performances in sports; entertaining the world. No other country shouted more loudly and clearly about freedom, democracy, human rights, and the need to embrace the differences in humanity. Then during your 2009 visit in Ghana, Mr. President, .you mentioned in your speech that the United States would be a partner, a friend to Africans who make the effort to take responsibility for their future, to those who will strive to conquer disease, end conflicts, and make change from the bottom up; that Africa does not need strong men, it needs strong institutions. Our Kingdom is a strong institution; much loved by us its people. It was the dream of our great grandfathers, it is our dream and that of our children and grandchildren for Buganda to be free, ruled by Almighty God according to His Universal laws and arbitrated by our King. It is an uphill road, but we have faith, and with support from our friends, we will eventually prevail.
God and Buganda One spirit One Living Heart
May God bless America and the Kingdom of Buganda.
We thank you, Mr. President, for your time.
Reverend Father Irineos Magimbi
Chairman – Ba Jjajja Ba Buganda
OBBI – Uganda
Reverand Nnakabaale Kaasa
OBBI Representative – USA
CC: Ssaabasajja Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II of BugandaDecember 18, 2013 at 10:26 pm #28071
OBBI LETTER TO PRESIDENT MUSEVENI OF UGANDA
17th September 2013
The President of Uganda
General Y. K. Museveni
Entebbe – Uganda
Dear Mr. President,
RE: THE MENGO – GOVERNMENT MOU CONTRADICTS THE JUBILEE PRAYER
It was with hope that we listened to the Jubilee prayers of last October at Namboole stadium, during
which Your Excellency repented for your personal sins, those of your predecessors and of Uganda
at large. Our fathers in religion tell us that none can repent for another, we can only pray for them.
In addition, the apostle Matthew 5:23-24 writes that before taking any offers to God, we should first
reconcile with the people we wronged. Nevertheless, the Buganda Kingdom Grassroots welcomed
the idea of inviting God in the picture, anticipating the positive changes. In Chronicles 7:14, God
promises that if his people humble themselves, pray, and turn from their wicked ways, he would
hear, forgive and heal their land. Analysing that verse, we arrive at the three steps of repentance
namely; humility, prayer and turning around. However, during the past year, we have only seen
things getting worse, and the most recent of all was the infamous memorandum of understanding,
between a group from Mengo and your Excellency.
The first step of repentance, humbleness, entails admitting guilt, and accepting the truth. Pondering
over this we decided to do our part, to overcome the temptations of indifference and
irresponsibility, and offer some vital information. Just in case. First, the prayer speaks of Uganda as
a nation. One definition of a nation is
-a large aggregate of people united by common descent, history, culture, or language, inhabiting a
particular country or territory. The newer one is
-a cultural-political community that has become conscious of its coherence, unity, and particular
interests. Uganda is neither of both. On the other hand, a tribe is a small nation, also used as a
derogatory term for non-European nations. Within one’s tribe or nation, tribalism or nationalism is
patriotic, an honourable thing, not at all sinful. Nevertheless, outside one’s territory, nationalism or
tribalism has many a times served as a tool to justify the occupation of foreign lands, killing and
subjugation of other peoples. Understanding this would help us to turn from hatred and disrespect to
love and respecting one another as mentioned in the prayer.
To respect a people one must recognize its individuality and accept it. Buganda’s individuality is
her culture, made up of many traditions. The pillars of our traditions are; our beliefs, land,
Kingship, code of behaviour, customs, language etc. The sum of these is to our nation what
personality is to a person, or humanity to a human. In every pillar, there are sub traditions, like
marriage, last funeral rites, singing, etc… The sub traditions vary in importance, and some are
dependent on others. Speaking of kingship without a Kingdom is like a teacher without students, or
building a roof with no house. The Baganda socio-political system rotates around our Kabaka. It
developed over thousands of years, to bring out the best in our human nature. Above it all, sits the
Almighty God, who rules Buganda supremely according to His Universal laws; and in His shadow
right below Him, sits the (King) Kabaka on his throne as an arbitrator – (nga alamula.).That is how
our Kingship is a divine institution. It is also the reason that no other human sits above the Kabaka,
because that place is already occupied. To claim it is trying to oust God.
In 1Samuel 12:13-15, the Almighty God tells His people and their chosen King, that if both of them
serve and obey Him, all will be well. But that if they rebel against His commands, His hand will be
against them, as it was against their ancestors. In article 6 of the1900 agreement, the British stated
that so long as the Kabaka , chiefs and people of Buganda shall conform to the laws and regulations
instituted for them, and co-operate loyally, Her Majesty’s government would recognise the Kabaka
as the native ruler of Buganda under Her Majesty’s protection and overrule. Today, in section B of
the Memorandum of Understanding, your Excellency stipulated certain conditions for our Kabaka,
that can be summarised into being subservient to the laws of Uganda, many of which are made by
yourself. This kind of agreements subjects the Baganda and our Kabaka to laws other than those of
the Almighty God. God meant for people to have leaders from their stockNumbers 34:18-19. Only
an insider would know and honour the chosen route and desired destination. It has been said that
there is no leadership but from God, but God is Love, a Spirit, Light – so leadership comes from
love for the people one leads. Love is not measured in words, but in authentic sacrifices. Moreover,
leadership is from and to God. It involves people’s free will, for a leader must have true followers.
The use of guns and other forceful means to obtain and maintain a position of power is not
leadership, its enslavement. Most Africans speak of the end of slavery, but in Buganda it still
prevails. The bonded, guard and master are all in spiritual chains. This is what needs to be dealt
with in order to close the evil past, as stated in the prayer.
A little back in history, the fear of growing slave populations compelled the destination societies to
start advocating for the abolition of the trade. Then Europe switched its interest from the people to
the resources, which led to the scramble for Africa. By the time the whites got to Uganda their
course of action had already been decided upon. The colonizing (invasion, occupation) began. The
British made their base here in Buganda to conquer the neighbouring peoples. They imported forces
from India, Somalia, and Nubia to muscle their projects.. Hatred was cultivated among the different
peoples, and with all the distrust, neighbours had only to look to their enemy as their god to give or
take away life. In Buganda people rose in struggle against colonialism. Ssekabaka Edward
Luwangula Mutesa II and Ekosofati Engwau a Luo expressed their respective peoples’ will to stay
out of the merger.
The British wanted chaos to justify their application of force in order to retain their rule over the
area. They recruited people to create confusion; Africans to eloquently speak of republics and
democracy without actual knowledge of their outcome. Among these were Ben Kiwanuka, Obote
and others. They fronted these at the Lancaster Conference, when the 15 original Kingdoms
districts and territories sat in council. The result was the 1962 Constitution, the foundation onto
which Uganda was built. It must be noted that the “Uganda” presented at independence did not
exist when the Protectorate agreements were drawn. Since each of the original 15 Kingdoms,
districts and territory, was individually and separately invaded and occupied. Therefore,
independence could not be granted properly to the entity “Uganda” which had not then existed.
Uganda was officially formed through coercion, on what is called its Independence Day. Because
the Colonialists had their headquarters in Buganda, they pushed Buganda to rent properties to the
new government as well. Buganda agreed to let places in Entebbe, Njeru, Mubende, and Kampala,
for 25 years. This was also the probation time for the union. When Obote abrogated the
Constitution, Buganda gave his government a two-week ultimatum to call the original 15 back for
negotiations. They responded with violence. With the agreements scrapped, the legitimate
government overthrown, Buganda Kingdom’s palace attacked and genocide carried out on the
Baganda, Buganda was automatically and legally cast out of Uganda and turned it into an occupied
territory. Everything else done ever since, whether it is the government, or its Constitutions, they
are all plain lawlessness, wrongful. To be proud of Uganda is to glory in a sequence of sins of
political hypocrisy, dishonesty, intrigue, betrayal, injustice, oppression, exploitation, outright theft
and murder. Most of such things as contained in this, brand new Memorandum of Understanding
(MOU) concerning our “Ebyaffe.”
We are the sons, daughters and grandchildren of this soil. We are the undisputable and absolute
owners of Buganda, granted to us by our creator. He gave us our national spirit, and the land that is
our body – not for to give away, sell, lend, lease or rent but for to take care of. It is our past and our
future. The bodies of our ancestors, right down to our parents and family members melted into that
land; the hands that washed and fed our grandparents, the backs that carried our mothers, the feet
that walked for our fathers and the hearts that loved us have all melted into that soil. Moreover, the
ears that will listen, and the lips that will smile to us tomorrow will also rise from that land. We are
not simple citizens, we are the owners.Our neighbours like the Batooro, Bakiga, Basoga, Bacholi,
Banyoro, Balango bear ownership to their territories and cultures in the same manner.
The memorandum in question mentioned how our Kabaka is free to move in Uganda according to
the 1995 constitution. We would like to make a reminder that the Buganda Kingdom grassroots
rejected that constitution. That is another wrongful document, during the drafting of which our
representation as the Baganda, was denied, when the government operates on our land and from our
property! Your Excellency is in possession of a letter from us about that matter. The memorandum
further agrees to compensate the Kabaka for the land on plot 52 on Kampala Road and the Muteesa
House on 42 Garden Road London plus all that was stolen by the Uganda government. This is an
absolute abomination. The Muteesa house issue is between Britain and Buganda.. We don’t see
how it is any of your business. Mengo was around when the King Fahd building was constructed on
the said plot. Your Excellency had talks with Honourables John Katende, Kaya Kavuma and
Mulwanyamuli Ssemwogerere over it. Its common knowledge that they own this building. Their
affiliates constituted the group in MOU negotiations about compensating the Kabaka for the land on
which this building sits. These very gentlemen connived with the Uganda Land Commission to sell
the treasurer’s land on Musajjalumbwa Road to Mr. Mugoya the ex-justice minister. As if that is not
enough, Hon. Mulwanyamuli Ssemwogerere informed us that Kabaka had consented on selling you
the Butikkiro, in exchange for a building us a modern one. We are very much aware that our
Kabaka is a hostage of this government. Otherwise, you would not be giving him orders in the same
sentence you are claiming he has the free will to give consent, to sign your politically convenient
agreements. We clearly see an evil scheme to destroy our Mother Buganda and we strongly refuse
the illegal agreements made in dark secrecy with your Mengo agents around our Kabaka.
The other Kingdoms, districts and territories are complaining why Buganda’s affairs only are being
addressed, and they are right. These issues should not be decided by any Ugandan office, however
high. Uganda is a mere child of the original nations. What is most required is to bring the original
15 back to the negotiation table and let each people exercise its self-determination. In the same
MOU orders have been dispensed in Buganda’s direction to accommodate everyone who has or
might wish to launch a Kingdom/chiefdom on our ancestors’ land. We understand that many
Ugandans do not know Buganda’s history. History is to a people what the past is to an individual
person. Written by anyone other than its owner, history is just an opinion on what transpired. So
when the first British asked Sekabaka Muteesa I the size of his Kingdom, he told them it once went
all the way into Kenya and Congo. Then people came and settled onto it and turned violent.
Buganda rose and started reclaiming some of its territories back. Let us take the example of
Bunyoro that used to call itself the “Great Bunyoro Kitara Empire” – the Sword Empire.
Imperialism is the policy of extending a country’s territories and influence. Who and why did they
burn the Bulange historical archives? When you consider the evidence, the truth shines through. We
do not owe anyone anything; who ever was invaded and attacked during Colonialism and wished to
file a complaint, should direct their problems to the Colonizers.
Therefore, Mr President, we laid bare the foundation on which Uganda sits, about to crumble to
pieces. We have explained to you the nature of our Mother Buganda, which is more useful to the
region and Africa at large when left integrate. Many experts from the entire world have discussed
remedies for the especially black African problem. In Buganda we know beyond any doubt, that our
freedom is all we need. We are inviting you and all peoples of the Great Lakes Region to leave
manipulative projects like the MOUs and other transgressions behind. Let us all be part of the
struggle for freedom, of our souls first and then build on that. Let us allow ourselves to be what
God created us to be. Then together we could close the evil past and carry through the Jubilee
prayer. For words, without action is like birds without wings, and faith without works is like a body
without a soul.
Please find the Jubilee prayer attached for your reference.
God and Buganda, One Spirit, One Living Heart
Long live the Kabaka of Buganda Ssaabasajja Muwenda Mutebi II
OBBI – Secretary
cc: Ssaabasajja Kabaka Muwenda Mutebi II
c.c. Speaker of Parliament
c.c. Katikkiro of Buganda
cc: Traditional Leaders of the other 14 of the Original 15
cc: Foreign missions in Uganda
cc: Religious Leaders
cc: Members of Parliament
cc: Baganda Clan HeadsDecember 18, 2013 at 11:05 pm #28072
PRESIDENT MUSEVENI’S JUBILEE PRAYER OF REPENTENCE 2012
Father God in heaven, today we stand here as Ugandans, to thank you for Uganda. We are proud that we are Ugandans and Africans. We thank you for all your goodness to us.
I stand here today to close the evil past and especially in the last 50 years of our national leadership history and at the threshold of a new dispensation in the life of this nation. I stand here on my own behalf and on behalf of my predecessors to repent. We ask for your forgiveness.
We confess these sins, which have greatly hampered our national cohesion and delayed our political, social and economic transformation.
We confess sins of idolatry and witchcraft which are rampant in our land. We confess sins of shedding innocent blood, sins of political hypocrisy, dishonesty, intrigue and betrayal.
Forgive us of sins of pride, tribalism and sectarianism; sins of laziness, indifference and irresponsibility; sins of corruption and bribery that have eroded our national resources; sins of sexual immorality, drunkenness and debauchery; sins of un-forgiveness, bitterness, hatred and revenge; sins of injustice, oppression and exploitation; sins of rebellion, insubordination, strife and conflict.
These sins and many others have characterised our past leadership, especially the last 50 years of our history. Lord forgive us and give us a new beginning. Give us a heart to love you, to fear you and to seek you. Take away from us all the above sins.
We pray for national unity. Unite us as Ugandans and eliminate all forms of conflict, sectarianism and tribalism. Help us to see that we are all your children, children of the same Father. Help us to love and respect one another and to appreciate unity in diversity.
We pray for prosperity and transformation. Deliver us from ignorance, poverty and disease. As leaders, give us wisdom to help lead our people into political, social and economic transformation.
We want to dedicate this nation to you so that you will be our God and guide. We want Uganda to be known as a nation that fears God and as a nation whose foundations are firmly rooted in righteousness and justice to fulfil what the Bible says in Psalm 33:12: Blessed is the nation, whose God is the Lord. A people you have chosen as your own.
I renounce all the evil foundations and covenants that were laid in idolatry and witchcraft. I renounce all the satanic influence on this nation. And I hereby covenant Uganda to you, to walk in your ways and experience all your blessings forever.
I pray for all these in the name of the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Jubilee Prayers Namboole Stadium October 2012December 18, 2013 at 11:31 pm #28073
OBBI LETTER TO UN
18th April 2013
The Honorable Ban Ki-Moon
Secretary-General of The United Nations
760 United Nations Plaza
New York, NY 10017 USA
Dear Honourable Secretary General Ban Ki–Moon,
RE: PEACE AND FREEDOM FOR BUGANDA
We are the Buganda Kingdom grassroots organization, inside and outside Uganda, East Africa. In our letter dated 7th February 2012, we expressed our distress over the signs of the times that proclaim a regime change any time soon. This in Uganda is always a violent process, with many lives lost and properties destroyed, most especially in the Kingdom of Buganda. We are reaching out for your hand in the formation of a change management strategy that would steer the prevailing course of events towards peace and freedom.
As we reported to you in our last correspondence, our children are murdered in sacrificial rituals, people of all sexes and ages are raped in broad daylight, bludgeoned with iron rods, burnt with acid, whole families butchered and many innocent people locked up in prisons, while frequent poisonings threaten to undo our social fibre. All this has made ours a fertile ground for diseases. There is land grabbing, disinterment of our dead, burning of schools and work places, destruction of shrines, desecration of our norms and traditions, as well as violation of the ecosystem and distortion of our history. Properties robbed, people displaced and our ancestral land auctioned off to foreigners. All these together qualify as high-key systematic genocide of the Baganda.
Uganda in general is on a free-fall descent down into the pit. To date, a de facto curfew has been imposed especially in Buganda. People are rounded up by the military police at anytime of the day as it was in the dictatorial regimes of Idi Amin and Milton Obote. Those arrested are forced to pay for their freedom, the rest are taken off to work on farms, a case of modern day slavery. Corruption is suffocating the country’s economy. Public funds are stolen, health and education are in the gutter. We expect the United Nations to encourage the utilization of the tools of democracy for a collapsing society resulting from failed governance, like the vote of confidence and impeachments. Addressing the problems stemming from the cruel legacy of colonialism would help in exposing the Ugandan pseudo electoral democracy for what it is. Emphasis on the role of the citizen and the ordinary people’s participation in their common affairs should be the foundation of the new beginning. People should exercise their self-determination, right down to establishing their chosen system of government. Above all things, the original 15 ethnic groups that formed Uganda should be called back to the negotiation table to forge a way forward.
On 22nd April 1966, on behalf of the Baganda people, our late King Muteesa II wrote a letter to the
United Nations Secretariat, warning of the violence that was being cultivated. The United Nations did nothing. This time, we, the Baganda grassroots, appeal to your office to give a hand in directing the course of the forces of change in the works, to prevent a full-blown war in the offing and secure an outcome that ensures lasting peace, and freedom for Buganda. Any advise on the matter will be very much appreciated.
Reverand Nnakabaale Kaasa
OBBI.- USA Representative.
CC: His Majesty King Muwenda Mutebi II (Kabaka wa Buganda.)
CC: International Court of Justice
CC: Foreign Missions in UgandaDecember 19, 2013 at 10:25 pm #28074
OBBI LETTER TO ISRAEL EMBASSY UK
18 October 2013
HE Ambassador Daniel Taub
Embassy of Israel
2 Palace Green
London W8 4QB
RE: BUGANDA NOT SAFE – ESPECIALLY FOR IMMIGRANTS
Olukiiko Lwa Bazzukulu Ba Buganda International is a Grassroots Organization of the Buganda Kingdom on the shores of Lake Nnalubaale (Victoria) in central Uganda. We have learnt that the Israel government is planning to send its “unwanted” immigrants to Uganda. If this is implemented, these mixed citizens of African nations will be landing at Entebbe Airport, and will most probably stay in the capital city Kampala, both in our Buganda Kingdom. We understand that this deportation is taking place in exchange for military equipment. This is happening at a time when Uganda is having social unrest as precedes a regime change. This always takes place here in Buganda and through warfare, resulting in massive loss of lives and property. At present we are preoccupied with developing a strategy to direct the changes. Now we have to stop and ask; whatever did Buganda do to Israel?
For some historical background to our conflicts, please note that in 1962, the British Colonialists forced fifteen different groups of people to form Uganda – a chain gang of kingdoms, districts, territory, as each desired to be called. The idea was to make a single nation out of them, like eggs into an omelette. These people are as different from one another as Germans, French and English or Israelis, Greeks and Saudis. They all had values they had been defending for centuries. The forced imposition of such a union is against nature, a recipe for disaster. And disaster is exactly what the Uganda project has proved to be. This salmagundi was awarded a constitution, a certification of independence – another form of shackles.
Buganda presented her case that no one sits above her Kabaka, for God who rules supreme occupies the position. The final arrangement saw Ssekabaka Edward Muteesa II becoming the first president of Uganda. He agreed to the union on the condition of 25 years of probation. In 1964, the prime minister, Milton Obote together with Amin Dada, then deputy commander of the Ugandan armed forces, were implicated in criminal activities in the Congo. When the Parliament demanded an investigation into the crime, Obote abrogated the constitution: the foundation of both the union and independence. Muteesa II gave Obote a two-week ultimatum to call the original 15 back to the negotiation table. Obote responded by accusing our Kabaka of planning a coup d’état. Our elders tell us that British, Israeli and Tanzanian troops helped the Ugandan forces to attack our Kabaka’s palace. Now with the agreements scrapped, the legitimate government overthrown, the Buganda Kingdom’s palace attacked and genocide carried out on its Baganda people, Buganda was automatically and legally cast out of Uganda and turned into an occupied territory.
The war that began then has resulted in many battles that have claimed millions of our people. To date our children are murdered in sacrificial rituals, people of all sexes and ages are raped in broad daylight, bludgeoned with iron rods, burnt with acid, whole families butchered and many innocent people locked up in prisons, while frequent poisonings threaten to undo our social fibre. All this has made ours a fertile ground for diseases. There is land grabbing, disinterment of our dead, burning of schools and work places, destruction of shrines, desecration of our norms and traditions, as well as violation of the ecosystem and distortion of our history. Properties robbed, people displaced and our ancestral land auctioned off to foreigners. All these together qualify as high-key systematic genocide of the Baganda and tensions are rising toward explosion point. Uganda in general is on a free-fall descent down into the pit.
We first read about this idea of Israel exporting its unwelcome immigrants to Uganda last year. Now we are hearing that the deal has been sealed. This is so ironic, because of all the countries of the world, ordinary Baganda think of Israel most positively. This is partly because of the Jewish birth of Christ. Most important though, it is because of your traditions that appear to have things in common with ours. Like you, we too cherish our national integrity. By tradition, we believe in humanity. In one of his speeches, our Kabaka Muwenda Mutebi II spoke about how glad he is that despite all we have and are still suffering, we remain a hospitable people. That is what keeping our faith is about. Otherwise, how can we blame those who violated us when we have been converted to unprovoked aggression? Moreover, in a world where politeness is taken as a weakness and humanity generally worthy of contempt, we still believe there is no greatness in heinous opportunism. At this point in time, we would like to make sure you are aware that just now ours is not a safe place, especially for immigrants.
Furthermore, some news outlets have reported this as a case of racial discrimination because your government does not mention measures adopted for immigrants from other places other than Africa. We choose to doubt that, given the historical relationship between Africa and Israel. This could be the one of the reasons those immigrants chose your country –the other being that Israelis are no strangers to suffering and would understand their pain. The adages that associate old age with wisdom hold true for both individual people as they do for nations. Wisdom makes a spirit stronger. The strength of a spirit is in knowledge and understanding – the truth. There is some resemblance between the creation stories of Israel and of Buganda. However, Israel is a priest nation, which has earned it both admiration and problems. But we are not a part of Israel’s problems. Our request is that Israel would stop treating us as if we are. We would like your people to remember, that down here at the furthest branches of the Nile there is the Buganda Kingdom that wishes peace and harmony to your people, as well as all your neighbours.
God and Buganda, One Spirit, One Living Heart
Long live the Kabaka of Buganda Ssaabasajja Muwenda Mutebi II
Major General Elly Kigozi
OBBI – Diaspora Secretary
The truth will set us free.
cc: Ssaabasajja Kabaka Muwenda Mutebi II
cc: Traditional Leaders of the other 14 of the Original 15
cc: Foreign missions in Uganda
cc: Religious Leaders
cc: Baganda Clan Heads
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