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Breaking News in Kampala, Uganda

Yesterday gun shots, rioting, car burnings, trash cans burning and war cries and drums rang out as the Katikkiro the Prime Minister of Buganda was blocked from visiting one of the areas belonging to the Kabaka king by police officers. This was a slap in the face to the Kabaka (King) and to those wh oand honor his rulership which is more important than the role of the President of Uganda.

The Kabaka represents at least 40% of the Ugandan people because he is the "King" to the Baganda ethnic majority group in Uganda. So, to deny his "Prime Minister" access to his land that culturally belongs to him is a major offense. Hence, the youth have rebelled against the ruling presidential authority represented by the army and police. In retaliation, the youths blocked roads, burned tires and police stations, while innocent civilians and police officers were petted with stones, robbed and many physically harmed many, according to the Daily Monitor News paper on Friday September 11, 2009.

I just happen to be in Kampala for some professional meetings yesterday so when it began, I was stuck at Makerere University for over 3 hours. I heard the rapid gun shots, I saw the smoke from the distance and I listed as the sirens of the police and ambulance raced through the streets to carry the wounded from the riot. While waiting for the mayhem to settle, I listened to the elders comment on how the rioting was the worse they'd witnessed in the city since 1966, the year I was born. Everyone at the dinner table were worried about the safety of their family members traveling safely from the city to their place of abode.

Today, there are still pockets of places where rioting is still occurring, and it is predicted to get worse tomorrow, since the Kabaka is scheduled to return to Mukono Township to cross the bridge to his providence there. If the Kabaka himself isn't allowed to reach, I pray for the people of Kampala, because who knows the fate of either the people of Buganda, or Mukono along with the police.

When oh when, will Ugandan's learn to live in peace, instead of tearing their country to pieces?

Comments

Araceli's picture

This is horrible!

Thank you for sharing my dearest Edonna. As you know Nalubega adopted me in her Buganda Empeewo clan. My goodness! I can' believe this tragedy. I should write her soon. I have been so immerse in my classes, my teaching, my students, my many academic responsibilities that I have almost lost contact with the real world.
My heart is in Kampala right now.
I will write you very soon.
All my love.
Your soul sister Ara

dr edonna's picture

Update

Yes, my sisters. I miss you much. Things aren't as bad in most areas, only certain areas have really been affected. But it has certainly show the divide that exist in the traditional and political institutions and how dependent the people are on these institutions. I hope the leaders here will learn to peacefully deal with their differences, so that the people can follow in their examples. There has been more dialogue going on between these two institutions than ever before, so that is progress. However, much of what you are hearing is frustrated unemployed youths, finding a purpose through violence because they feel disenfranchised and frustrated, so they are taking advantage of innocent people by harassing them out of money.

However, things are calmer and are beginning to returning to "normal".

Maria de Chirikof's picture

thanks for posting

Wow, it sounds like quite a day there! I can imagine how it must feel since it is hard sometimes to figure out how to make the youth feel vital and included in things and give them a purpose they can respect and believe in. Too often they find a "cause" instead of a solution.

I hope things are much better and the people can begin to repair and rebuild the damage to both their buildings and their hearts.

love,

Maria

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