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, January 21, 2010

Let’s Have A Referendum On The Ankole Kingdom Issue

By Bakampa Brian Baryaguma

The controversial question concerning the restoration of the defunct Ankole Kingdom is gaining publicity and stirring debate these days. The latest development over the matter is the story that Prince John Barigye was declared King of Ankole (See The Weekly Observer of Monday, 18th January, 2010). Mr. William Katatumba (alleged kingdom Premier) is going round campaigning for the recognition and restoration of the former kingdom. According to him, the Constitution legally establishes Ankole as a Kingdom. In his wisdom, the government does not have to first recognise Ankole for it to exist. It is his contention that the government should return its royal regalia confiscated by government in 1967 in accordance with the provisions of the Traditional Rulers (Restitution of Assets and Properties) Statute, 1993.

Since last year, the pro-Ankole kingdom agitators have intensified efforts pushing for its restoration. Considering that we are headed for elections next year, I must say that they are a little bit smart; the timing is appropriate and they deserve a pat on the back. While it is their constitutional right to express their desires, these people should know that they cannot impose a kingdom on the people of Ankole––the Banyankole. There is overwhelming evidence indicating that the majority of Banyankole do not approve of the return of this kingdom for well known historical reasons especially the cruelty and arrogance of the minority Bahima, who were the ruling class, led by their kings. The monarchy was an agent of social disorientation dividing and oppressing people basing on exclusionist policies. Whereas Prime Minister Obote abolished kingdoms unconstitutionally in 1967, to a large extent President Museveni is busy restoring them unconstitutionally by striking political deals with pressure groups in State House. Mr. Katatumba and his friends want to ride on the President’s ‘generosity’.

The allegation that the plot to restore Ankole kingdom enjoys tremendous support among the people is not true as the reason why other kingdoms and Chiefdoms were restored (and others being created) is because we, the Banyankole, rejected its restoration. Somebody may however, say that, “Wait a minute; but even those calling for its restoration are Banyankole,” and they would have a valid point there. Therefore, the question is, which is which or who do we follow?

To determine this question, I propose that we hold a referendum in Ankole over the matter. A free and fair vote would finally settle the issue. Then the Katatumbas would know that actually they are lonely voices shouting in the desert. The Ankole kingdom issue becomes more complex every other day that passes and it should be resolved democratically. The solution neither lies in buying media space and making headlines supporting one’s interests nor in mobilizing other traditional leaders to issue statements to that effect because it is not about who shouts loudest.

President Museveni advised pro-Ankole kingdom agitators to solicit support of district councillors and now they are bribing them to support its restoration. The Banyankole cannot accept such a move that threatens to undermine the gains we have so far achieved without this ridiculous kingdom in place. We do not need it. Contrary to what the Katatumbas are saying, Ankole is more united now than ever before. Now there is a sense of equality than ever before without the social barriers and differences sowed by our former barbarous and despotic kings. This is the secret of our tremendous development today. Our duty is to engender it; not circumvent it by going back to our dirty past.