While updating the public yesterday, Wednesday at the State House, Nakasero Museveni nearly declined to commend the efforts of the Kabaka of Buganda.
The controversy has since sparked ire from believers and affiliates of Uganda’s oldest cultural institution with many pointing fingers at the 75 year old autocratic ruler for reviving his feud with the cultural ruler, His Majesty Ronald Muwenda Mutebi. An excited Museveni excitedly read all the names of NRM cadres who had delivered support relief to the COVID-19 taskforce led by the office of the Prime Minister. He made mention of several companies that support his autocratic regime and forgot the efforts of Buganda Kingdom which on Tuesday, 7 pressed in their shs 100m relief to boost the efforts of helping the vulnerable endure in this unprecedented moment. Kabaka’s cheque was delivered on his behalf by Prince David Wasajja. While reading the list of companies and individuals who had responded with positive efforts to the COVID-19 fight, Mr. Museveni nearly ended his address without recognising the Kabaka as most people had anticipated. He was reminded towards the end of the speech as he resigned his seat. “Your Excellency, how about His Majesty, the Kabaka?,” one of his handlers reminded as Museveni was leaving. “Oh, the Kabaka! His Majesty!,” Museveni shamelessly said.
The two leaders have been at loggerheads since the 2009 September Kabaka crisis which left dozens of Baganda subjects killed and several others imprisoned in Luzira. Museveni who plays politics of parallels has since harboured negative feelings on his fellow leader who enjoys wide support in the millions of his subjects. Museveni’s obsession with power makes him sleep with one eye open as he suspects people to be plotting against him. The 75 year old is engrossed with the zeal to rule, reason he never takes chances on cultural leaders. In November, 2016 he stormed the Rwenzururu palace, killed dozens of subjects and detained their king, Omusinga Wesley Mumbere.