|President Y.K. Museveni. Source twitter account of president of the republic of Uganda Yoweri Kaguta Museveni|
|Ugandan Cities and Towns|
|President Idi Amin|
|President Idi Amin. NB. All pictures courtesy of Google|
In Uganda, talk of racism in Buganda is to be taken with a bit of salt. I always ask my friends from other tribes/ethnicities what constituted racism according to them. Are we talking of disputes over use of, say, the road or commonly used property? Most times, it boils down to use of resources. I also ask them if in their families they have had a child or two labelled as the black-sheep. If families have black-sheep, why should people be surprised at similar misunderstandings at community levels? When it comes to racist tendencies in Uganda, one should analyse if it is not an issue which can go away after mediation. I do admit, there are those who can be provocative and racist, but they can be as scattered as black sheep in different families.
I come from a very large family and during holidays. I looked forward to going to our ancestral home where we were helping hands at our modern large ranch with over 3,000 heads of cattle in Ntuusi. We could engage in different chores from: tagging cattle; cleaning the sheds; repairing the fences; watering the trees; to weeding and pruning.
Ntuusi like many parts of Buganda, has a mixture of ethnicities co-existing as has been for millennia. This area has people from Rwanda, Burundi, Ankole and Buganda who have lived here for so long. Ruzindana is one example of people who migrated from other parts of Africa to come and settle in Uganda in the late 1940's. He was my childhood friend as well as his sisters and brothers: Kabeba, Karenzi, Birimumaiso, Kamuntu, Ndayiragijje and Kyomuhangi. When we got together we shared so much from: stories, labour force, helped each other with school homework, shared bed, breakfast and bathrooms. I got to know that Kabeba meant a rat (mice) in Kinyarwanda. I was nicknamed Kamese which means rat in Luganda, by my father. I am told it was because when I was younger I could not pronounce the name Mukasa and instead I would say Kamese. Ruzindana became a medical doctor and now works with the Rwanda Ministry of Health. Kyomuhangi a sister to Kabeba is a professor at a university in the United Kingdom. We are still in touch but we lost our ranch to a more well armed and powerful hand who treated us with all the contempt and discourteousness a sane mind could behold. There have been abuses against Banyarwanda ethnicities in Uganda, but there have also been numerous instances of courteous regard toward them. I am sure, we all have stories to tell. The problem is that there seems to be no structure within which to report abuses as well as reward coexistence. Uganda is both a melting pot and tossed salad example of how ethnicities, ideologies and cultures in Africa can work together.
|Baganda Craft work (multi-legged stool)|
|Baganda Cultural Entertainment Group|
|A young Munyankole youth milking a cow|
|Ankole Long Horned Cows|
|Ankole is known for milk|
|Special gourds used to make ghee and yoghurt by the Banyankole|
|President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, doing community work|
|President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni meeting the people|
|President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni with medical doctors at an Army-run Hospital|