Buganda is located right in the heart of East Africa, in the south central region of Uganda. The country is home to over 40 ethnic groups, and with over 52 recognized clans in the region, many rely on the old ways to identify with their affiliation and heritage.
The History of Buganda
Buganda was established around the 12th century. Early on, the people of Buganda were associated with clans to help identify their lineage, heritage, and affiliation. Despite the clans’ cultural similarities, the region was not united and governance was disorganized. The reign of Kintu brought stability and organized governance to Buganda. During his rule, clans were merged and a constitution was drafted. Between the 16th and 19th century, Buganda saw great expansion and trade with Arabs and the British. When Uganda became a colony of Britain, Buganda’s monarchy was preserved. After Uganda’s independence in 1963, Buganda remained autonomous; however, during President Milton Obote’s regime, the monarchy was outlawed and would not be reinstated until 1993.
The Current King
The leader of the Kingdom of Buganda is referred to as the Kabaka. The current King of Buganda is Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II. The King studied in England while the monarchy was outlawed and worked as a journalist in Nigeria. He assumed the throne on July 24, 1993.
As King, he is in charge of the future of the region and is focused on education, health, economic empowerment, and cultural activities. The King has a favorable view by citizens of Kabaka. During Uganda’s most recent election, Mutebi was spotted at the polls and drew large crowds.
The Future of the Region and the Monarchy
Buganda is comprised of 10 million people, making it 25% of Uganda’s total population. Given the Kingdom’s long presence in the country, the region has many sites for tourist to learn more about its rich culture. Beyond tourism, the Royal Family continues to shine bright. As the recent celebration of the Kabaka’s 61st birthday shows, the country continues to show their love and support for the Monarch. As the family continues to promote well-being, we can only expect to see more news around the Royal Family as they continue to make a positive impact on the tight-nit region.