By Kiyimba Joseph
The iconic backing of Mr. Museveni’s 1981 – 1986 guerrilla war by the Kabaka (King) of Buganda. His Royal Majesty Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II, was premised on the agreement that all Buganda Kingdom issues would immediately be resolved after capturing power. But after the restoration of the Kingdom on July 31, 1993, too much has gone amiss. Mr Museveni has betrayed the Buganda Kingdom, breached all the agreements and refused to address the Federal demands of the Kingdom, in spite of the overwhelming support for it in the constitutional making process of Justice Benjamin Odoki’s commission.
Mr Museveni has always claimed to have brought back the Kabaka from exile in the United Kingdom but it is under his regime that we have seen the Baganda king cry in public. Museveni’s 31 years in power have been years of too much suffering, dictatorship and frustrations on the part of Ugandans, mainly the Baganda. The famous Kasubi Royal Tombs, official burial place of the Buganda kings was burnt down and mourners shot dead and a new law that seems to have been aimed against the Buganda Kingdom was enacted. Unknown chiefdoms have been created within Buganda Kingdom, well-planned poverty and other upheavals are eating up the Kingdom and in addition, the Buganda Kingdom Land has been grabbed. Surprisingly, the regime is using Mr Mabiriizi to discredit and demonize our beloved Kabaka through the ongoing false prosecutions in the High Court of Uganda over Kabaka’s land. How can a reasonable Judge direct our Kabaka to share his Bank Accounts transaction details with Mr Mabiriizi? This shows manifest bias, intolerance, and a desire to destroy our beloved Kabaka.
This is grossly unfair. The court order was done in bad faith, very outrageous, unacceptable, and bad in law. It was a vexatious and travesty of justice! If Mr Mabiriizi and the regime are left uncorrected, they will leave indelible stains on the reputation of our Kabaka which gives rise to a grave miscarriage of justice! Mr Museveni always says he went to the bush in 1981- 1986 to fight extra-judicial killings, election rigging, dictatorship, lawlessness, nepotism, corruption and sectarianism in Uganda. But all these vices are prevalent under his regime! Leaders should not build on a foundation of lies, perversions, and denial of the truth.