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UPC against Buganda secession

By Vision Reporter

Added 25th July 2007 03:00 AM

UGANDA People’s Congress (UPC) has blasted Makindye West MP Hussein Kyanjo for fuelling secession tendencies. Citing marginalisation and lack of respect for Buganda, Kyanjo argued that the best alternative for the kingdom was to break away from the rest of Uganda.

UGANDA People’s Congress (UPC) has blasted Makindye West MP Hussein Kyanjo for fuelling secession tendencies. Citing marginalisation and lack of respect for Buganda, Kyanjo argued that the best alternative for the kingdom was to break away from the rest of Uganda.

By Moses Mulondo

UGANDA People’s Congress (UPC) has blasted Makindye West MP Hussein Kyanjo for fuelling secession tendencies. Citing marginalisation and lack of respect for Buganda, Kyanjo argued that the best alternative for the kingdom was to break away from the rest of Uganda.

“It is the duty of every Ugandan to defend and promote the unity of Uganda. It is very shocking to see some politicians like Kyanjo advocating for something that will divide Ugandans,” said Patrick Mwondha, the UPC national treasurer.

“Uganda is a house that was created by putting together different building materials. If one pillar of the house is removed, the whole house may disintegrate. Every part of this house is equally useful,” he added.

Chris Opoka, the UPC assistant secretary general, said the party was strongly opposed to such backward tendencies.
“It was UPC that persuaded Buganda in the 1950s against seceding. That is why we initiated the one-country-one-people ideology,” he said.

Opoka also blasted the Mengo government for demanding for the 9,000 square miles of land, arguing that it did not belong to them.

“We always hear Mengo condemning the UPC government for having forcefully grabbed their 9,000 square miles of land. That is sheer ignorance of our history.

“They should blame their ancestors who signed the 1900 Buganda Agreement that transferred the land to the British government. That land is supposed to be owned by the central government,” said Opoka.

The party president, Miria Obote, rapped the Government’s plan to reintroduce chakamchaka (military training), arguing it was a move to “indoctrinate” Ugandans with the NRM ideology.

She advised the Government to instead introduce a national service policy similar to the one drafted by the UPC government in 1969.

The core of that policy, she said, was to instill a spirit of nationalism and collective responsibility.

UPC against Buganda secession

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