The tribal factor is still an important consideration in the political, economic and social life of Uganda. Baganda as a tribe and Buganda as a kingdom is structured along clans whereby each clan is identified by a totem. The sir name of a Muganda automatically suggests which clan he belongs. The Baganda as a tribe prided themselves in having their own Inspector General of Police in Andrew Felix Kaweesi of the cow clan as the No. 3 in the police hierarchy.
However, tragedy struck last week when he was shot dead by unknown gunmen in Kampala. It soon after became a double tragedy when as it turned out he did not belong to the cow clan but the Defiance clan. The revelation was first made public by his brother, Namanya James when he warned politicians against making Kaweesi's funeral a political platform.
At this stage Baganda started questioning how Namanya could be a brother to Kaweesi. However, they had quickly forgotten that in June 2016 the same Kaweesi had taken sides in a land conflict in Isingiro that involved his own relative, Ntambara (war in Kinyarwanda) together with other Banyarwanda like Karegeya, Sebigombe, Karamuzi and Rushaija. Kaweesi established a police post on the disputed piece of land whereby the police shot and injured four people. Even though the Baganda did not rise any doubt partly due to Kaweesi's flat nose.
Mourners who travelled to Kyazanga for the burial are now perplexed by the presence of such a big number of Banyarwanda in Kaweesi's home village of Kitwekyanjovu. They don’t interrogate why Kaweesi's parentage was completely left out in the eulogies. They don’t question the rise of another Munyarwanda, George Mutabazi as the L.C 5 Chairman of Lwengo district that houses Kaweesi's home leave alone the source of his powers to publicly administer corporal punishment to residents.
In the same regard, they will at one time question another Kyazanga resident, Felix Kulaigye when his children emerge to be named Sembatya, Kiwanuka, Nakawombi etc. Not to mention the controversial
district Chairman, Moses Karangwa in Kayunga who is now renamed Kalangwa.
Kaweesa has been afforded a heroes’ send off just because he extraordinarily defended the rotten Museveni regime's hold on power. His rapid rise in rank and positions of responsibility was because he
was not of the Cow Clan but the Defiance Clan. He had the following categories of mourners:
- those regime sycophants whom he had been defending and providing security of tenure.
- those blind followers of the regime who ignorantly cheer the regime's misdeeds.
- opportunistic fence sitters who are always on the lookout for an opportunity to demonstrate their support for the regime.
- those who want to be seen to sympathise with the regime for selfish ends. It happened with the death of Gen. Aronda
- the few opposition politicians that he had been suppressing who wanted to exonerate themselves from suspicion in his murder.
- the police officers who banked on his patronage for promotion prospects as well as the others whose careers he had undermined.
- the killers who were all out to monitor and suffocate investigative efforts.
For the oppressed majority, his demise was a good riddance. He is being applauded for having been a hardworking officer who built magnificent mansions in both the city and in his home village. He constructed churches, schools, mosques, roads and brought electricity to his home area. No one is questioning how he managed to amasse all those resources in such a short time.
On the other hand, our national leaders are setting Kaweesi and his ill-gotten wealth as a role model to be copied by upcoming leaders. In fact, a serious investigation into his murder wouldn’t skip inquiring into his rapidly acquired wealth. Instead, the regime has offered to commit more of public resources to taking care of his family.
Kaweesi was a bad man but he should have lived longer to see the Museveni regime out of power.
What a loss to Buganda!!! Gunsinze beene.
INFORMATION IS POWER AND DEFIANCE IS THE WAY TO GO
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