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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Monday, September 14, 2009

The Kabaka Has Failed The Leadership Test

By Bakampa Brian Baryaguma

Following Thursday’s frustrated attempt by the Katikiro (Prime Minister) of Buganda Kingdom, Mr. J.B Walusimbi, to go to Bugerere in Kayunga District, his boss, the Kabaka, His Majesty Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II, in a dramatic twist of events, decided to cancel his much hyped visit to this part of the kingdom that has of late raised controversy. Allegedly, a splinter group of people known as the Banyala are threatening to secede from Buganda by claiming to be having their own cultural leader other than the king of Buganda yet they are within Buganda’s territory! Like any other reasonable person, the Kabaka apparently found this unacceptable and attempted to safeguard the sovereignty and integrity of his kingdom. He thought of achieving this by visiting Bugerere, ostensibly to preside over certain youth celebrations scheduled to be held there.

Meanwhile, the Banyala swore to lynch him and others from Mengo (the seat of Buganda kingdom) unless they sought permission from their chief, the Sabanyala. For its part, Mengo vowed to vehemently fight any secession tendencies and swore to proceed with the Kabaka’s visit on Saturday, 12th September, 2009. The Katikiro’s would-be visit was symbolic to throwing a stone in the bush just to see if at all there are any threats. The battle lines were drawn and the potential of bloodshed loomed in the air. Therefore, the central government, through its security agencies, had to intervene and it blocked the celebrations completely. First, the Katikiro was barred from going to Bugerere; an act that enraged many Baganda faithfuls who staged violent protests that culminated into 14 deaths and arrests of hundreds of others according to the Inspector General of Police. Many Baganda remained enthusiastic about the anticipated visit and media reports indicated that their colleagues in Kayunga religiously awaited their king in spite of heavy military and police deployment. I am sure these were greatly disappointed by news that the Kabaka had cancelled his visit.

I submit that the Kabaka miserably failed the leadership tests of action and cost. “Action” examines the leader’s ability to perform tasks and duties inherent in the position held, hence the saying that leadership is action not position. “Cost” examines the leader’s resolve to lead and his/her resilience in overcoming challenges. It is a test of courage, brevity and commitment to one’s obligations. Professor Stephen Adei says that leadership is cost everything else is effect. The Kayunga controversy was and still is a litmus test for the Kabaka to demonstrate whether he is worth the pomp and pride attached to him by his subjects through such titles as magulu nyondo (hummer legs) and empologoma (lion). His decision to cancel the said trip that his subjects had resolutely fought for, just because President Museveni said that he couldn’t unless he fulfilled his (Museveni’s) conditions first, is synonymous with a commander who abandons his troops on the frontline because of intense enemy fire. It is a breach of the trust and confidence that the Baganda have in him and an indicator that kings today are really nothing more than a bunch of people thriving on the blood and sweat of others! His inaction will strengthen the Banyala’s determination to oppose him and for that matter, he can kiss his hitherto strong kingdom goodbye. In the name of protecting minorities, government will continue supporting other splinter groups for purposes of undermining Buganda’s influence and the Kabaka’s authority so that it will be rendered toothless like others. Clearly, the Kabaka is only a lion on paper.