MAKUBUYA: Buganda To Reinforce Aspirations For “Self-Determination”

salve geneva;”>The symposium is an annual event in Buganda, erectile graced by the Kabaka of Buganda with an aim of creating a platform for debate and interactions on the Kingdom’s issues.

It was also initiated as part of the celebrations to commemorate coronation anniversaries of the Kingdom.

According the chairperson organizing committee Apollo Makubuya, the conference will run under the theme “the Prospects and Challenges of Resolving the Buganda Question after 50 years of Uganda’s Independence,” which he says has been chosen to fit in the activities marking 50 years of Uganda’s independence from colonial rule.

Makubuya explained that Buganda Kingdom is well known to be the cornerstones on which Uganda was built has encountered several challenges ever since it entered into an agreement with the British government in 1961 on behalf of Uganda on how it will join and relate with other parts of the country.

This agreement was later entrenched in the 1962 constitution. The then Prime Minister Apllo Milton Obote working with Gen. Idi Amini Dada and others orchestrated a coup and overthrew the 1962 Constitution which they replaced with the 1966 and later the 1967 Constitution.

Under the new imposed constitutions, Obote abolished Kingdoms and the federal system of government, confiscated and nationalized all land in Buganda and its other assets.

According to Makubuya, The Kingdom of Buganda, once a beckon of peace and progress has never been the same again – even though, after the NRM led bush war of 1980 – 86, the institutions of traditional leaders which were abolished were restored.

This has left the Kingdom regressing over the last 50 years with most of her people wallowing in poverty.

Its traditional governance mechanisms have also been greatly emasculated and its aspirations for self-determination continue to be thwarted.

“In other words, the political and constitutional changes since 1986 and the restoration of traditional leaders in 1993 are yet to fully address Buganda’s aspirations – premised on the agreements reached at independence,” observes Makubuya.

This year’s conference is expected to take stock and reflect on Buganda’s arduous journey in Uganda in the last fifty years, according to a statement from the kingdom.

It also aims at identifying the hurdles that obstruct its hopes as well as the prospects for the Kingdom’s future.

Buganda’s demands for a federal system of government under which it aims to take charge of its natural resources and to freely determine its priorities for development will also be revisited.

Discussions will also make a revisit to the pre independence aspirations of the Kingdom of Buganda within Uganda and the agreements that were reached in 1961 and 1962.

Makubuya assured that the conference will attract prominent personalities with a deep understanding of Uganda and Buganda’s contemporary history who have agreed to share their knowledge and thoughts on the way forward with the rest of the Kingdom, take stock of the struggles in Buganda from 1966 to date on the restoration of the Kingdom and a federal system of government, discuss and agree on a strategic approach to the peaceful resolution of the Buganda Question- borrowing a leaf from other Kingdoms in Africa and beyond.

The Kingdom’s relations with the Central government have been fragile in recent years with security forces engaging Buganda youth in deadly riots in 2009 after Kabaka Ronald Mutebi was refused from travelling to Kayunga a secessionist area for a cultural function.

But government has promised to pay over Shs20bn as rent arrears for the Kingdom’s properties being used by government, a move that has appeased the Kabaka and his loyalists.


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