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Understanding Bugandan Culture

Uganda experienced colonialism only late in the 19th century, well after most of the other regions in Africa had been taken over by European Interests. It became a protectorate in 1901 under the British and unlike other regions that were colonized, the monarchies within the protectorate retained a wide degree of self-governance. In the face of being wiped out in other regions in Africa, the ancient political systems survived the colonial experience in Uganda. Perhaps because of being a protectorate, the grip of European rule was less tight than in the other colonized countries in Africa. 

The Kingdoms of Uganda are very much integrated in Uganda's historical roots than its present. They played a vital role in shaping modern day Uganda. And fortunately, Uganda remains one of the very few countries in Africa where you still find these kingdoms. Many of the Kings that ruled at the time continued to rule despite British Interests controlling most of the economic and to a greater extent the political (inter-Kingdom) affairs of the kingdoms. Playing the wider politics meant drifting away from their kingdoms and many of these Kings were not ready to let this go. Perhaps ironically, the Kingdoms that survived the arrival of the British did not survive their departure. 

The start of turbulent times as Ugandan History will tell, saw the Kings loose hold of the autonomy of their Kingdoms and by 1967, the few remaining were caught deep into the politics of the country and faced with abolition. It is sad to say but it is the last we saw of these Kingdoms until 1993 when they were reinstated but only as cultural institutions and not politically active institutions. The real meaning of this arrangement is that the Kings have no political powers (which is inevitable if you have a group of followers), no tax collection, and only receive some funding from the Federal government. 

Buganda Kingdom

The Kingdom occupies the central region of Uganda and is home to the capital Kampala. Its' people, The Baganda, make up the largest ethnic group, representing about 34% of Uganda's population per the last population census (2002). 

Joseph Mulondo was born at Mengo on 19th November 1989 to Omuzaana Sarah Ttembo and the late Prince David Muwenda Ttembo, who was the fifth son of the late Ambassador Prince Alexander David Ssimbwa (the last born of Ssekabaka Daudi Chwa II). Joseph is a prominent agro-businessman and currently the chief executive officer of Sir Edward Uganda Safari Company Limited. 

During his free time, he engages in intellectual conversations and thinks big — for him, the sky's the limit. He's also done creative writing, and will be publishing his new Star Trek fan-fiction book, titled THE ROYAL LINEAGE. 

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