Is it tribal or issue based politics in Entebbe?

Entebbe is a historical place. It is also modern and strategic an area. It is named after “Entebbe za Mugula” the seat of the Mamba clan. The Mamba is one of the main and influential clans in Buganda. 

The place also hosts the Ssekabaka Buganda Nsiko Palace in Lunnyo, close to a Garrison command center. Sources close to statehouse and the Kingdom also claim Buganda owns land where Plot 1 Entebbe, State House is situated.

“That’s may be the reason for the contentious argument on the return the Land titles in Entebbe to the kingdom,” a source in Mengo told Entebbe Post.

On the other hand, Entebbe holds the Metrological center, the International Airport, State House, command bases for the elite Special Forces and the Uganda Air forces.

The place is also to about seven Garrison Commands including a Marine base. Uganda’s only Botanical Center, Agriculture, energy, Water and Sanitation, Works and Transport Ministries are also hosted here.

“With a measure of knowledge, the place serves as key in the Political social and economic development of Uganda. All key decisions are made here,” says Richard Kasaami, an elder in the area.

The place is however also cosmopolitan, with different cultures ethnic groups and all kinds of people. Kitooro, as major suburb was named after the Batooro, Kitubulu for the Nubian, Bugonga for the Lugbara, Lunnyo is mostly occupied by the Itesos and the Acholis.

They all reached out to the areas for work. Currently, the area hosts a number of tribes, out of many, united by the cause and quest for a better life.

However, existence of a number of tribes with the dominant Western Uganda and Central Uganda tribes creates a potential threat of who and how the area should be governed.

“It is somewhat, something that would create a discussion because the more it escalates, the more it creates differences between us and them,” says Betty Nampiima, a senior resident in Lunnyo, Entebbe.

The differences according to an NRM cadre who asked not to be named were exhibited in the NRM primaries where a presumably the best candidate Madiina Zalwango remained unpopular.

“Away from the fact that other candidates had much more money, the tribal vibe took a center stage. Despite being most articulate and popular, Stephen Shaka Gashaija won the race,” the source says.

Another sourced hinted on the tribal based meetings held in Lugonjo that fronted for candidates from Central Uganda for Mayoral seats against candidates from other tribes.

“Such debates, bases and articulations do not build a better place. Entebbe must be served with issues and not tribes for great Leadership,” Alex Gita, another candidate in Entebbe Division B says.

Magnitude of Damage

Currently a section of dwellers from the Central, Buganda region claim, there is need to rescue the area from the current trend of leaders, seemingly from the western part of the country. The current MP is Rosemary Tumusiime despite having been a resident for long a time, is from the Western part of the country.

However, this has left two different camps of people for and against the different candidates with specific campaign teams based on tribes. For instance, a section of NRM youths within the area prefer different candidates based on tribes and not the key issues in the race.

This however has left the most important issues in Entebbe overlooked by the different political campaigners in quest to garner votes for their candidates


A 2012 report by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) indicates that tribal politics would immediately ruin a country, state or any political grouping. This can also cause hatred, mass killings or genocide.

In 1994, genocide in current day Rwanda caused by tribal disagreements let to mass killings of residents between the country’s major tribes, the Tutsi and the Hutu. Such conflicts also caused mass killings between the Kikuyu and the Ja luos in Kenya in 2007.

It led to the sanctioning of the current President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto together with Journalist Joshua Arap Sang, being accused of orchestrating chaos that led to the mass killings in Kenya.

Similar occurrences happened in Northern and Southern Sudan, amongst other African countries.

Can it help?

The emergence of such Politics in areas such as Entebbe could be help of any winner, at the expense of the deprived voters and residents.

“It does not promote a culture where quality leadership that promotes service delivery is obtained. People only vote colleagues on the premise that they have entitlement which in turn sets back the path to development.” Says Alex Gita, a leader in the Alliance for National Transformation in Entebbe.

On the periphery, Ismail Kityo, an elder in Busambaga says, such politics helps communities of given tribes benefit for even if they decide to leave, they leave out the other parties in the development of the area.

What remains a mystery is whether the dwellers and the first inhabitant will be able to get an equal share of the service delivery manual.

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