The Observer (Kampala)

Uganda: Then and Now - Why Hate Me, Museveni Asks Buganda

While speaking at the burial of Lt Col Sserwanga Lwanga in Bumanje, Ssese islands, Museveni said he was shocked that Buganda did not like him yet he played an instrumental role in restoring the kingdom.

"There are leaders here who don't like other Ugandans. They don't like me a man who came to help you. Why don't you like me? What have I done?" Museveni asked according to The Monitor of January 15, 1996.

Without mentioning names Museveni said that Buganda had leaders who connived to disorganize the country.

"The Banyankore have also had bad leaders but the Baganda have had leaders who don't like to unite the country and don't want to be assisted," he said.

He added that Sserwanga was a unique Muganda in that he worked hard to unite other people. The comments came at a time when Buganda had intensified its demand for a federal system of governance.

Over the years, the relationship between Mengo and Museveni has grown even colder, the height of which culminated into riots in 2009 after Kabaka Ronald Mutebi was stopped from going to Kayunga. In fact today, if Museveni asked the same question, there would not be a shortage of answers.

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