SIRâ€” I have learned with pleasure that at long last Kampala City Council is in the process of ridding Kampala streets of names of British colonial generals who slaughtered Ugandans during their penetration of Uganda.
British forces starting in 1890 up to 1899, introduced precision weaponry, the Maximum Gun, to fight Ugandans who were resisting their penetration using only archaic, muzzle loading guns. These British forces mercilessly did havoc to the region killing thousands of innocent Ugandans.
In his book Kakungulu and the Creation of Uganda, British professor Michael Twaddle says by the end of the war, Bunyoro-Kitara was left with less than one million people whereas at the beginning of the British invasion Bunyoro-Kitara had over three million people. This and other books chronicle how the entire Bunyoro-Kitara was turned into a battlefield whereby military forts were erected at every village and a scorched-earth policy intended to force Banyoro to their knees through hunger, stop all economic activities, until they surrendered. The same scorched-earth policy was administered by Semei Kakungulu, assisted by the same British colonial forces to slaughter people in eastern Uganda â€” Banyole, Bagisu, Jopadhola, Bagwere, Basamya, Bavuma in Buvuma and Ssese Islands, until they surrendered. Indeed, the slaughter of Bavuma was so thorough that today there are hardly any Bavuma to talk about. Commanding British forces were about ten colonels and majors, originally led by Frederick Lugard, followed by Henry Colville, Major Mcdonald, Sir Gerald Portal, Ernest Berkeley, Ternan, Thruston, Roddy Owen, etc. Before them were British colonisers Charles Gordon, Samuel Baker, William Grant, Cunningham, etc. who equally did havoc killing Ugandans. Today, as you read this, the above names of British generals who slaughtered Ugandans in the name of establishing British rule in Uganda are honoured by having Kampala streets named after them.
I, therefore, propose that, Uganda honours Ugandans who resisted British colonialism by naming Kampala streets after them.
The greatest fighters against British penetration were kings Kabaleega of Bunyoro and Daniel Mwanga of Buganda. Therefore, the most important street, Kampala Road should be named Kabaleega-Mwanga Road starting at the junction of Jinja Road and Kireka Road to go toward the centre of the city, covering Jinja Road, going through it via Uganda House, the Post Office up to where it joins Ben Kiwanuka Street. Names of British colonisers like those mentioned are scattered all
over Kampala streets, and other towns. They should be replaced by Ugandan generals who fought them. Ugandan
generals who resisted British colonialism include. Names like Rwabudongo, Ireeta, Kikuukule, Byabachwezi, among others. These should replace British colonial names appearing anywhere in Ugandan cities, villages or towns.
Henry Ford Miirima
It is great KCC is re-naming roads! But sweep clean!