Prince Kassim Nakibinge Buganda
Prince Nakibinge urges Buganda youth to actively participate in politics. File Photo

Prince Nakibinge urges Buganda youth to actively engage in politics and leadership positions in this country

Youth in Buganda have been cautioned by Prince Nakibinge to actively engage in politics and leadership activities to make a way for decision-making processes on issues that press Buganda, that have affected the growth and development of the region.

Prince Kassim Nakibinge, a Cousin to Kabaka of Buganda, Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II, said that Buganda region has lagged behind because there’s no one to speak, defend and fight for Buganda.

He adds that Buganda able-bodied youths have left other people to make wrong decisions, yet, if they were in leadership, they could fight for what belongs to Buganda.

“Youth in Buganda have been left behind because they have let others make decisions on their behalf, which has affected them negatively. It is high time for them to have their voices heard and stand out to fight for what is right,” Nakibinge said.

Prince Nakibinge made the remarks during a sensitization training for the Abataka (Clan heads in the Buganda Kingdom), an annual event he attended on behalf of Kabaka Mutebi II, at Lubiri Mengo a Kampala city suburb, on Friday.

And among the participants included John Bosco Walusimbi, Mulwanyamuli Ssemwogerere, Dan Muliika, former Buganda premiers.

He says effective leadership and participation in democratic governance can be achieved if Buganda youth engage in politics and leadership positions of this country.

“The right agenda for the youth is to take part in key decision-making processes, and engage in legal activities that affect the growth of the Buganda Kingdom and the nation at large,” Nakibinge stated.

Nakibinge urged youth to stop tendencies of sitting back and wait for the government to do everything on their behalf and start hassling, by setting up economic activities purposely to change their wellbeing.

“The first step is a change of mind-set; the youth need to learn how to figure out things on their own, and the era of waiting for the government to fix all our problems is long gone,” Nakibinge noted.

“We need to teach the youth and Ugandans, especially the underserved communities to accept and adapt to the prevailing tough economic environment by being more frugal and shrewd in enterprises,” he added.

In his further additions, Nakibinge advised leaders not to mistake leadership for politics, because leadership is all about laying difficult decisions and ability of an individual to positively guide and influence people under his leadership.

“Leadership is the ability of an individual or a group of individuals to influence and guide followers or other members of an organisation. It involves making sound, sometimes difficult decisions with a clear vision, establishing achievable goals and providing followers with knowledge and tools, necessary to achieve those goals.”

However, in his message to clan leaders, Nakibinge said that clan heads who have visions are the only ones who can push the Buganda Kingdom forward.

And to ensure that Buganda’s lost heritage and culture is restored.

“The task of restoring our heritage and culture that had been destroyed, developing our people at all levels requires visionary clan leaders, because they are respected people and their respective clans, are seen as role models,” Nakibinge said.

Each clan in Buganda is branded with a Totem, a sign that differentiates one clan from another, and a symbol of social unity as well.

Among the 52 official clans, the symbols are usually in the form of animals, insects, plants and other related things.

The training was majorly based on how parents can balance work and raising their children, including observing cultural norms and tradition of Buganda Kingdom, under the theme:

“Firm Foundation for Families the Future for the Buganda Kingdom.”