Celebrating the Love of Friends in a Loving World

Celebrating the Love of Friends in a Loving World
Red Roses for You, My Sweet Friends ... Total Love.

My Sweet Friends

My sweet friends,

We grow closer to each other;

When we interact together and share ideas;

The common faith that we share,

Binds our hearts in one accord.

For sweet friendships last a life time,

When built on mutual respect, humility and understanding;

Throughout each different season,

We find we are one in life.

Sweet friends are there through times of grief;

And times when hope is gone;

Always there with encouragement;

So we can carry on.

I thank the Lord for you,

My true and faithful friends;

To fondly speak with you, whether we agree or not,

On this, our beloved blog;

For sweet friends will stay, no matter what;

Giving support.

Together, our hearts and minds truly unite;

With the amazing love of sweet friends.

In the spirit of true friendship,

Best wishes, my sweet friends;

May the Lord bless you abundantly.

I remain, yours truly,

B.B. Bakampa.

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Thursday, July 23, 2009

FORGET ABOUT ANKOLE KINGDOM

I write in reference to a story that appeared in THE OBSERVER, of May 11-13, 2009 at page 6 under the heading “Buganda snubs unity meeting over Buruli” wherein it was reported that the European Union had sponsored and organised an event meant to promote unity among cultural institutions in Uganda.

It was reported that a one Mr William Katatumba, who was described as a Prime Minister of the yet-to-be-recognised Kingdom of Ankole, criticised the Government for playing double standards by refusing to recognise the defunct kingdom. He was quoted as having said, “Ankole is sidelined. There might be some small disgruntled tribes but that should not mean that the kingdom should not be restored. There must be a call on government to resolve the issue of the traditional leaders. Our king is being referred to as Prince. The kingdom has been there before, there is no dispute.” First and foremost, let me state that these are undeserving titles. Let me also state that those opposed to the restoration of the former Ankole kingdom are not just “small tribes” as Mr. Katatumba may want us to believe. Its opponents constitute a substantial number of its former subjects and their well wishers.

My advice to Mr. Katatumba and others, who think like him, is that they should forget about Ankole kingdom because the people of Ankole do not need it at all and we shall not let anyone impose it on us. It was savagely discriminatory and now it is gone and gone for good. We have not forgotten the arrogance and cruelty of our former kings. We remember very well how they spat in our ancestors’ mouths whom they took to be second class citizens undeserving of decency! We shall neither allow this to happen again nor shall we accept any reminders of it by way of re-establishing the institution that was responsible for orchestrating and systematically perpetuating these crimes. The epitaph of this defunct kingdom is etched in our hearts and it reads thus; HERE LAYETH THE REMAINS OF THE FORMER ANKOLE KINGDOM. MAY ITS SOUL REST IN ETERNAL HELL. There is another young man, whose name I didn’t grasp, that appeared on NBS’ Barometer also going around shouting for the restoration of Ankole kingdom. I advise such people to find something more useful to do. It is my considered opinion that kingdoms wherever they may be have totally outlived their usefulness. But the dictates of tolerance and pluralism demand that those who need them may have them. As for the Banyankole, save us the bother. We have lived in peace without it. We don’t need it.

Whereas it is a conceded fact that former President Obote removed kingdoms erroneously, it is also true that President Museveni returned them dubiously. Their abolition was good riddance and their restoration has caused more harm than good. In this era of republics characterised by such attributes like elective and representative democracy and respect for and observance of human rights, kingdoms like that of Ankole have no place in modern society.

Since Uganda is supposed to be a demonstrably free and democratic society, if the kingdom of Ankole is to be restored, then it should be for only those who are ready to subscribe to it. It therefore means that a certain area will have to be curved out of the greater former Ankole from where they may exercise their democratic rights together with their king. But I highly doubt the possibility of this course. In the result, one thing remains for sure, simply forget about Ankole kingdom.

I shall conclude my remarks by criticising the organizers of the event especially the EU and Bunyoro kingdom for accepting to host self-styled false cultural leaders at such a high level conference. It should not be repeated again especially if the impersonators are from Ankole. It should be noted that the Banyankole have nothing like a cultural institution called a kingdom or chiefdom.