A number of schools and institutions in Ddwaniro, Lwanda, Kagamba and Kacheera Sub-counties now hoist the Uganda and Kooki flags and sing both the national and Kooki anthems at their assemblies and special events.
The Kamuswaga Apollo Ssansa Kabumbuli in hat with his officials during a visit to one of the schools
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More than 30 schools and technical institutions in Rakai
district have dropped the Buganda anthem ‘Ekitiibwa kya Buganda’ and replaced
it with ‘Ekula lya Kooki’, the Kooki anthem.
This follows an ongoing campaign to popularize the Kooki anthem,
Kooki flag and history in private and government schools, which pay special
allegiance to Kooki Chiefdom.
The campaign is led by the Kamuswaga Apollo Ssansa Kabumbuli II
through his Culture/Tourism and Education and Sports ministries.
A number of schools and institutions in Ddwaniro, Lwanda,
Kagamba and Kacheera Sub-counties now hoist the Uganda and Kooki flags and sing
both the national and Kooki anthems at their assemblies and special events.
They include among others St. John’s Kasambya, St. Jude
Nalubaale, Kyamakanaga, Kirangira, Nezikokolima, Lugando, Ddwaniro, Lyakasaana,
Katatenga, Nyakaseenyi, Kacheera parents, Nyakagando, Akakiri, United p/s and Parents’
Others are Glory secondary school in Dwaniro sub-county, Mbuye
Agricultural School and Kamengo in Lwanda s/c and Kacheera Technical institutes
in Kacheera sub-county.
Godfrey Mutaawe, the Head teacher Kirangira primary school, says
it was essential to adopt the Kooki anthem because the institution has done so
much to promote education by providing scholarships to learners.
He says dozens of books containing the Kooki anthem and flags
have been distributed.
Betty Nakalemba, the head teacher Nezikookolima primary
school in Kagamba sub-county, says parents and teachers convened several
meetings and resolved to stop singing the Buganda anthem alias ‘Ekitibwa kya
She argues that 97 percent of their pupils are Bakooki, whose
values need to be respected and promoted.
Leonard Kons, the head teacher
Katatenga Primary School in Kacheera Sub County, says they only had the Uganda
national anthem for over years.
He notes that parents who are typical Bakooki also rejected the
Buganda anthem, saying they wanted their own anthem.
Dickson Ssebyala, the
Kooki Cultural Minister, says the campaign is aimed at ensuring Kooki values
remain entrenched in the hearts of the subjects.
He says Kooki was redundant in the past and could hardly promote
its own values.
Kooki officially launched its flag and anthem about 6
years ago amidst protests from Buganda Kingdom officials who claimed it wanted
to break away.
But Ssebyala says that Kooki was already an independent
institution and the move was long overdue.
Fred Kasozi, the Kooki Minister
for Education and Sports, explains that the campaign has enabled local
communities and school children to understand and appreciate Kooki’s
He notes that the campaign is meant to build a strong generation
that will stand firm to protect, treasure and promote their values.
decision to stop the Buganda anthem has drawn concern from Buganda subjects
living in Kooki. They claim that the rights of their children have been
A parent who preferred anonymity says her two children in
Nezikookolima primary school have a right to sing ‘ekitiibwa kya Buganda’
because it is what they subscribe to.
Damiano Luswata, another parent appeals to head teachers to
reinstate the Buganda anthem, saying they can keep both anthems. While presiding
over an event in Kacheera sub-county recently, the Kamuswaga pledged to offer
more bursaries for disadvantaged children regardless of their ethnicity.
He urged parents, pupils and students to be proud of Kooki and
treasure their cultural values. He further reiterated that Kooki is among
the 13 independent cultural institutions gazatted under the Traditional or
Cultural Leaders act, 2011 with hereditary heads.
Al-haji Idi Ahmed Kiwanuka, the Kooki Prime minister, explains
that Kooki, like other kingdoms has a leader, flag, anthem, traditional drums,
history and other elements that make it independent.
Dr. Prosperous Nankindu, Buganda’s Development, Health,
Education, Women and Gender Minister, says they are not aware of the ongoing
Joseph Kawuuki, Buganda State Minister for Local government,
told URN that Kooki is free to promote its anthem as a sign of identity without
infringing on pupils rights.
He said there is actually no big deal since all
counties and clans under Buganda have composed their own anthems.