By Eric Kashambuzi
In their understandable desire to get rid of Obote (RIP) and his largely Protestant-based Uganda People’s Congress (UPC) party and restore their traditional institutions and assets especially land lost with the introduction of the 1967 constitution, Baganda supported Museveni against wise advice and his mercenaries initially recruited from Tutsi refugee camps in Ankole.
The destructive guerrilla war in the Luwero Triangle targeted Baganda Protestants for elimination and confiscation of their properties. Baganda Protestants since the colonization of Uganda had worked closely with British administration and were the most experienced in administration and the richest in Uganda.
With due respect, Baganda Catholics and Muslims who replaced Protestant Baganda had neither experience in governing nor wealth to challenge Tutsi dominance in the NRM. Thus, Museveni and his men and women took advantage of this weakness to advance their interests in Uganda and beyond using Buganda as a base.
For public display purposes, Baganda were and are still given senior positions in the executive and legislative branches of government, NRM and occasionally in the army without authority to even protect their own interests. This is no longer a debatable issue.
Thankfully, it is not too late to arrest and reverse the trend. What Baganda need to understand is that the Tutsi leadership they have embraced that emerged after independence does not believe in traditional institutions like kingdoms, witness the demise of kingdoms in Burundi, Ankole and Rwanda. It does not also believe in development and empowerment of the general population. It believes in the opposite to be able to govern indefinitely.