Change Activists Petition Parliament to decolonize and rename streets in Kampala and other Land Marks in Uganda
A group of change activists led by Apollo Makubuya, former Deputy Prime Minister Buganda Kingdom, have petitioned Parliament, Government and the other Ministries, Departments and Agencies to have streets in Kampala and other Land Marks in Uganda named after colonial masters renamed.
While Meeting the Speaker on Friday 26th June 2020 at Parliament, Apollo Makubuya said that the continued public display of colonial iconography glorifies persons responsible for the brutalization, subjugation and humiliation of the people of Uganda and elsewhere.
“The continued public display of colonial iconography which glorifies individuals responsible for the brutalization, subjugation and humiliation of colonized peoples of Uganda is a slap in the face of many brave people that fought for the political independence of Africa from the 15th century until the late 1960s,” said Makubuya
The former Deputy Prime Minister Buganda Kingdom, mentioned that some of the celebrated and immortalized colonial subjugators such as Brigadier Gen Trevor Teman, Lord Fredrick Lugard, Major Gen Henry Colville, Commissioner Henry George Galt and King’s African Rifles were notorious for inhuman & degrading treatment of people in Uganda.
The petitioners called upon Government and Parliament to make comprehensive policies and laws to streamline the naming and re-naming of geographical features, streets & public places in a manner that addresses the legacy of colonialism and oppression.
Among the petitioners spearheading the move include Mr Apollo Makubuya, Justice James Ogoola, Prof Lwanga Lunyiigo, Hon Stephen Birahwa, Hon Medard Ssegona, Ms Kiiza Kimbugwe and Ms M. Barlow submitted a petition signed by 5,240 Ugandans.
The Petitioners further called upon Government to historify the iconography and other related items in the Uganda Museum, with appropriate labelling to allow the current and the future generations to learn about the true stories behind the said figures.
“We also asked the Government to take urgent measures to remove offending names and colonial symbols and to historify them in museums. We asked for a change in Uganda’s curriculum on history; to change narratives that glorify certain colonial actors and as well as to increase support to researchers and publishers on these important matters.” Makubuya
The Speaker confirmed receipt of their petition and promised to take necessary action to ensure that their concerns are addressed.