In the proposed regional tier system of local government, the role that has been played by the Katikkiro is going to change from being a wholly cultural one to being one that is more political. He/she will no longer control just funds that are largely from charitable sources and cultural properties and enterprises, but also from national tax coffers. The holder of the office must therefore have the mandate of a majority if not all taxpayers. The proponents of a traditionally appointed and/or vetted Katikkiro are also silent on the issue of the possibility of a woman holding the position. Under the new proposed system, a woman who feels she has the right qualities for the office can offer herself for election and can be elected.
However, traditionally, a man must hold the position. That Baganda women have been silent on this is not helpful to the entire cause of introducing gender parity in our cultural traditions. For the sake of harmony and maintenance of democratic principles, our cultural leaders in maintaining tradition, must borrow the idea behind the saying: â€˜Accentuate the positive, eliminate the negativeâ€™.
There are so many things about our indigenous cultures and traditions that are good and must be maintained. However, there are also some others that are not progressive but are oppressive. These must be discouraged and eliminated. Our cultural leaders must therefore exercise open-mindedness and tolerance, lest they put the very cultures they claim to protect at risk of extinction. Martin Makara, Ntinda, Kampala
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