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THE 1966 CRISIS; 'REVOLUTION' STOOD ON ITS HEAD (III)

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THE 1966 CRISIS; 'REVOLUTION' STOOD ON ITS HEAD (III) Empty THE 1966 CRISIS; 'REVOLUTION' STOOD ON ITS HEAD (III)

Post by sol_drethedon on Mon Jul 23, 2012 11:55 pm

On the 15th day of April 1966 he introduce a new constitution into a constituent Assembly of existing parliament, on a day's notice, and without allowing the members prior right to read it. He demanded that it be passed at once. As his cohort Akena then chief of intelligence has noted:

On the 15th of April
Nineteen hundred sixty six,
Obote made history:
He introduced in the House
A constitution which many
had not read or even heard of
'We Ugandans do resolve,
And it is here by resolved.
To abolish the '62
Uganda Constitution
It is hereby abolished.
Now a new Constitution,
Is laid down before us here,
Let it be adopted now,
It is hereby adopted
On this 15th April day
Nine hundred sixty-six A.D
This is now provisional
Uganda Constitution
Till another enactment
Fellow citizens, if you,'

Added Obote
'Go down to your pigeon holes
You will find your own copies
Of the new Constitution
Whose content I now disclose!
In that un-Obote way
An interim Constitution was enacted there and then.

With these antics Obote's revolution was under way. in the meantime King Mutesa, who was put out of a job, decided to rally support for himself. he recounted: 'Now that i was no longer part of the government, I felt free to appear as a rallying point for opposition to the dictator.' He returned to his traditional instrument, the Lukiiko. on 20th may 1966, with dictatorial powers only equal to those of Obote, three saza chiefs clearly Mutesas favorites, conspired to get the lukiko to pass a resolution whose contents were not known in advance to its members either! the buganda ministers also didnot know it. The meeting was called by a member, Lutaaya, a saza chief, and not by the ministers in consultation with the speaker. the ministers heard of the meeting on radio! in a pre-lukiiko meeting on that day, a certain resolution was made without mention of the real purpose of the meeting, but when the lukiiko went into full session a new resolution was put forward, which was read by another saza chief, Kaggwa. 'That the lukiiko resolves not to recognize the Uganda government which must be removed from Buganda soil.

This was passed after a show of strength by hooligans carrying Molotov bombs who had packed the public galleries. one of the kabaka's ministers, Ntege Lubwama, recalls that althoug he was tempted to oppose the motion, 'I reconsidered my action because according to unconfirmed reports the motion was intended to oust' the ministers as well, and a hostile crowd seemed to have been prepared to commit violence on any body who opposed the motion.'Amos Ssempa, who three years earlier had reminded 'those who had forgotten' tyhat Buganda was part of Uganda, and that 9th October 1962(Uganda's Independence day) had fundamentally changed the situation,' now that he was out of Obote's government joined the chorus in Mengo demanding Buganda's separation from Buganda.

"We were never directly elected to parliament but indirectly elected by the Buganda Lukiiko. Our stay in Parliament was therefore conditional on carrying out all orders given by the Lukiiko...Other tribes bear us a grudge. This is a fact which we know. They think we we favored by the British colonial rule.'

Ssempa's sectional interests now no longer accorded with unity of Uganda. his interests of the day noe dictated a different course, separation.

On 23rd May 1966, arrests of the two saza chiefs were made by the Uganda government. in the events that ensued, partial disorder broke out throughout Buganda,. police stations were attacked and a number of people(44, it was reported) were killed. the army had tested the blood of the people and like hungry wolves they were to demand for more of it later. a unit of the army was sent to King Mutesa's palace to investigate the alleged presence of arms. the unit was allegedly shot at by King Mutesa personally using a long range machine-gun which mowed down a platoon as they approached the palace.. by the end of the day, the palace was bombed from the air, with Amin in personal command, and that seemed to have settled the new 'battle of Mengo'. A state of emergency was declared in Buganda. Smoked out of his palace, Sir Edward went into exile, never to return alive. the same Amin when president himself, later returned The king's body for burial with military honors in a state funeral at Kasubi, where he now lies in full military attire as the first commander-in-chief of the Uganda Army and president of the sovereign state of Uganda.

to be continued

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