“During my reign, I have employed more Baganda than the Banyankore” – President Museveni
President Museveni has lashed out at sections of people claiming that top government positions during his reign are being held by the Banyankore and westerners.
In recent weeks, there has been a talk around town about which tribes occupy the top positions in government with particular sources identifying the Banyankore as the lucky group.
The talk about tribalism has been been a deep one in the past weeks. It recently saw a group of comedians named Bizonto arrested and detained on allegations of promoting what the police referred to as sectanism.
However, in the wake of events, President Museveni has rushed out to rubbish the statements insisting that his government is comfortable even without a single Munyankore holding a position.
Museveni made the remarks through his social media page while responding to complaints and other questions raised to him by Ugandans.
He said that several Ugandans more so those playing the tribalism card are blind to history and facts that the country has gone through.
According to the President, during his time-fighting in the Luweero Triangle, he worked with many groups including the Baganda, Banyankore, Barugwaara, Baruuru, Barundi, Banyarwanda, Baruuli, Banyoro among others.
“The other wrong malignment is trying to cast the NRM as a system monopolized by people from western Uganda. Since you are allergic to history, otherwise, I would have reminded you that much of my time I was in Tanzania, Mozambique etc. How many Banyankore or Westerners were there? We fought in the Luwero Triangle,” he said.
“Many Ugandan groups were there: Baganda, Banyankore, Barugwaara, Baruuru, Barundi, Banyarwanda, Baruuli, Banyoro.”
Museveni also, said that he finds no problem working with people from other tribes. He pinpointed that the most influential persons around him are not Banyankore as many claims but they are from other parts of the country.
Museveni in particular mentioned the Head of Public Service, John Mitala, a Muganda, Lucy Nakyobe, the State House Comptroller (Muganda) and Dr.Kenneth Omona, his Principle Private Secretary among others as some of the people who are not Banyankore.
“Here in the Presidency, I am quite comfortable without many Banyankore, or, indeed, any Munyankore around. I am quite comfortable without any big Munyankore in the vicinity. Do not tell us about those cheap things of tribes and religious sectarianism.”
Museveni further said that similar sectanism comments have been made in regards to the UPDF but he continues to warn Ugandans to keep the army out of such nonsense talks because they have other duties to perform.
“Kindly, leave our armed forces out of the nonsense of tribal debates. They have serious work to do and they have done it well. Leave them out of your confusion.”