The Kabaka extends condolence to Juliana and Lukwago

Juliana 1aThe Kabaka of Buganda Ronald Muwenda Mutebii II has asked Juliana Kanyomozi and Amon Lukwago to embrace God for strength after the death of their beloved son.
Keron Kabugo Raphaeal was pronounced deadon Sunday, July, 20, 2014 in the Kenyan capital Nairobi.
The body was flown into the countryon Tuesday and received at Entebbe airport by relatives and friends of the family.

In his condolence message, delivered by the Katikkiro of Buganda, Charles Peter Mayiga, to the bereaved family, the Kabaka noted that Juliana and Lukwago were going through trying moments.

He appealed to the friends of Juliana and Lukwago to stand by them for the necessary support.

juliana 3The Katikkiiro delivered the condolence message at the home of Misusera Kabugo the grandfather of the deceased in Bbunga on Wednesday.
Mayiga said at 12 years where Raphael departed his parents, was a moment any parent would be sharing the love of a child, emphasizing that the couple need a lot of moral support because agony was too much for them to manage.

He retaliated that the couple should be stronger to carry on with life since God has deemed so.

Misusera Kabugo, the grandfather to the deceased described his grandchild as someone who was passionate to bicycle ridding and sometimes he could miss food for a bicycle ride.

He informed the Katikkiro that his grand child had succumbed to Asthma. Misusera noted that they rushed him to Nakasero hospital from where the doctor advised them to fly him to Nairobi  from where he gave up.

Keron Kabugo Raphael was born on September, 20, 2002 and died on July 20, 2014.

Burial will take place at Matugga,Kawempe division on Friday 25th/July/2014 at 2: 00pm

Buganda, Tieng Adhola strengthen cultural relations


charlesBuganda Kingdom and Tieng Adhola cultural institution (Japadhola) have agreed to work closely for the development of the two cultural institutions.

This followed the catchy visit the Prime Minister  (Jago) of Tieng Adhola cultural institution, Dr.
Joa Ja Keno Okech-Ojong, paid to Prime Minister of Buganda Kingdom , Charles Peter  Mayiga on Tuesday.
Dr. Joa Ja Keno Okech-Ojong with his delegation held fruitful discussions with Mayiga in the cabinet boardroom at Bulange Mengo.

Dr. Joa Ja Keno Okech-Ojong was among others accompanied by
Hon. Geresom Okecho-Ochwo, the 2nd Deputy Prime Minister & minister for agriculture, food security and environment.

Third deputy prime minister John Fabian Olweny who is also the minister for information, youth and sports,


Hon. Mark Olweny-Owalla, minister for external relations and Japadhola Wiloka.
Hon. Gabriel Obbo Katandi, minister and personal assistant to Prime minister,


Hon. Amb. Bernadette Olowo-Freers, 2nd Deputy.Jago and minister for AWUSTT(Africa Women’s University of Science 7 Technology Tororo) and special envoy to H.H of the Kwar Adhola Steven Owor to Buganda.

Mayiga in his address maintained that all cultural institutions had many in common, cultural norms and beliefs warranting them to work together. He cited an example of how children are brought up whereby in case of a boy every culture prepares, trains him in cores that will enable him to tender for a family in future.

The Katikkiro emphasized that the education system should also embody cultural values for an all-inclusive approach to improve education in the country.

Dr. Joa Ja Keno Okech-Ojong on his side maintained that Buganda was exclusively different and a role model to other Kingdoms in Uganda.

He noted that what was more impressive was the importance the people of Buganda attach to their cultural norms and beliefs resulting into the development of the Kingdom.

Jago added when he was appointed to the office on May, 10, 2014; he made working closely with other cultural institutions apriority starting with Buganda.

He revealed that because of good relationship which has started between Buganda and Japadhola, the prime minister of Buganda, Charles Peter Mayiga, will on August, 7 -10, 2014, visit the Japadhola King Steven Awor.


Who are Jopadhola?


Japadhola live in eastern Uganda amidst various Bantu ethnic groups. They are said to have settled there since the middle of the 16th century. They are surrounded on all sides by the Bantu and the Nile -Hamites peoples. To the west live the Banyole and the Basoga; to their north and east live the Bagwere and Iteso; and to their south live the Basamia and Bagwe.




The Japadhola are Luo. They have similar traditions of origin with the Alur, Acholi and the Joluo of Kenya. It is said that before moving to western Kenya, it is said that the Luo first settled in western Busoga for some time.  The earliest Luo migrants settled in kaberamaido peninsular where they were joined by more Luo migrants from Pawir in Bunyoro. Then some immigrants from Busoga, Teso and Bugwere came towards Kaberamaido peninsular in the second half of the 18th century. This forced the Japadhola to extend to the south and later to the east. The land they occupied was previously vacant and this helped them maintain their traditional culture free from foreign influences. Thus unlike the Bito- Luo, who were Batuized and assimilated in Bunyoro, the Japadhola were able to maintain themselves as a distinct Luo group amidst the various Bantu and Nilo- Hamitic societies.




Like the Acholi, the Lugbara and the Langi, the Japadhola conceived of jok as a supreme being.
However, they did not take it as far as the Acholi and the Langi did. Among the Japadhola, the concept of jok was later merged into the Bantu belief in Were, a supreme being whose chief services to mankind were mainly connected with fertility.


Japadhola traditions assert that they have always believed in one Supreme Being called Were. In physical terms, Were was conceived of as a white merciful and good being who could manifest himself in various ways. As god of court yard known as Were madiodiopo, he was believed to take care of the home and the family.  As god of the wilderness were Othin, he was believed to guard and guide men when they went hunting, fighting or on a journey.


In every home, a shrine was built for Were. On each side of the shrine, two white feathers were planted in the ground. Every morning, the owner of the home would open the gate and approach the shrine to tell Were to make the day “as bright as these feathers” planted into the ground. Whenever one was going for a journey, he would approach his shrine to ask Were to make the journey “as peaceful as this shrine”.


Besides, Were, the Japadhola believed in the cult of Bura. The concept of Bura is said to be foreign to the Japadhola. It was introduced by some one called Akure from Bugwere. Tradition says, however, that it was not Akure but his nephew Majanga who turned the cult into a universal institution among the Japadhola. Furthermore, it was under majanga’s leadership that Japadhola clans were consolidated. This unification enabled the Japadhola to offer resistance to Kiganda and British imperialism at the beginning of the 20th century.




Traditionally, the parents of a boy would identify a girl for him and make arrangements for marriage. The formula governing such identification took into account the girl’s conduct that of her parents, the physical strength of the girl, her beauty, and the ties of kinship between the girl and the boy’s families.  They were supposed to belong to clans which had no ties of kinship whatsoever. Having identified the girl, the boy’s parents would contact the girl’s parents. If the latter consented, the girl was earmarked as a way of engagement. The traditional method of doing it was putting a traditional ring on the girl’s finger or a necklace around her neck. This would-be contender to the fact that the girl was already engaged.


Where the above mentioned method was not appropriate, another one would be applied. Here, the boys of the same age group would identify a particular girl, waylay and forcefully carry her to the home of the particular boy who desired her for marriage. The boy would proceed to sleep with her and that would be the end. She would in effect become his wife and further arrangements would be made to settle matters with the girl’s parents.


Whatever the circumstances, payment of bride wealth was a normal consequence. The boy’s parents had to pay at least five cows, six goats, a cock, a knife, barkcloth, salt and meat. Upon being handed over to the boy for marriage, the girl would spend seven days of confinement in the hut. During that time, she would be fed on pea stew as a principle meal. After this period of confinement, the clan elders would gather and the girl would be introduced to them. The norms of the family and the clan at large were impressed upon her through lectures. After all the bride wealth had been paid, the girl would receive from her parents a goat, chickens, millet flour and a wide assortment of other gifts. Marriages among the Japadhola were essentially polygamous, the limit being the age and bride wealth obligations.



Buganda Kingdom Pass Ugx 7.4billion Budget

Buganda Kingdom has passed a Ugx 7.4billion Budget to facilitate the kingdom’s operations during the Financial Year 2014/2015. The estimates reflect a decrease of UShs5.5 billion from the ending financial year whose budget stood at Shs12.9Billion.

100 1755 aThe Kingdom’s Finance Minister Eva Nagawa Mukasa noted that this financial year budget income is to be raised from seven key aspects which include Buganda Land Board, Schools, Kingdom Ministries and   Companies, Tenants, Grants and payments from central government.

According to estimates presented to the Buganda Lukiiko at Bulange-Mengo, Buganda Land Board will generate Shs1.4billion, Shs229million Schools is expected from schools while another 278milllion is expected from Kingdom Ministries. Tenants will contribute Shs538million to the treasury, 350million is expected from grants while Shs588million will be collected from the Kingdom’s companies.

Also in the budget is an estimated Ugx 4billion from Central Government.

Nagawa explains that Buganda Land Board is likely to collect money from the installations that were recently returned to Buganda from central government.

The Kingdom will during the year concentrate on Development aspects citing completion of Kasubi Tombs, Masengere Building, Construction of a Museum, cleaning Kabaka’s Lake and to streamlining Kingdom operations.

His Majesty Ronald
Muwenda Mutebi II,
Kabaka of Buganda