Thank you for being with us today – January 7, 2015.
We are here not to mourn the passing but to celebrate the life and achievements of Reverend/Canon Samwiri Kashambuzi.
He was not only my father but also my friend.
He was a highly principled and disciplined person, a family man, very intelligent with a sharp memory.
He cared for all people particularly those in need and vulnerable members of society.
Although he was a Protestant he respected other faiths.
He believed in freedom, equality and justice for all the people. He saw education as the means of attaining them. That is why he gave top priority to education.
Wherever he served, he built schools or expanded what was already there.
This is his legacy.
May his soul rest in eternal peace
For quite some time, I have studied conflicts as a major deterrent in political, economic and social development focusing on Rwanda and Uganda.
Contrary to popular belief, my research has led me to conclude that the principle problem is basically within (intra) than between (inter) ethnic groups. This conclusion has led some people to consider me a highly controversial student of political economy, more divisive than uniting people and therefore unfit for public responsibility (recently FADDU that had contacted me to collaborate with them and I concurred changed its mind and dropped the idea).
We therefore need to understand this intra-ethnic dimension in Uganda politics to be able to make appropriate recommendations to break the current impasse. In the second part I will show that I am basically a uniter but you can’t unite people without articulating what has divided them. That is our challenge.
In Rwanda there has been a tendency to describe conflicts there as arising from inter-ethnic rivalry between Hutu and Tutsi. Closer and unbiased examination gives different results since independence in 1962.
With pressure mounting against Museveni regime, groups are coming up with scenarios about a successor government. Here are some of them for consideration.
1. Regarding leadership: there are those who argue that any leader is better than Museveni. But this group seems to have forgotten or conveniently neglected that we have gone through this without improving the political, economic and social conditions. When a group of Ugandans didn’t like Obote, they said anybody was better than him. We got Amin. A larger group said anybody was better than Amin. In quick succession we got Lule, then Binaisa and ultimately Obote. A group of Ugandans swore to unseat Obote and argued that anybody was better than Obote. We got Okello and within six months a section of Uganda didn’t like him and we got Museveni. Now many are saying anybody is better than Museveni. Given this history what makes this group insist anybody is better than Museveni? To look for a better alternative we need to establish a profile of the next leader (I prefer a presidential team rather than one leader who concentrates power and becomes a dictator) first and then embark on a search.