President Yoweri Museveni has revealed that he is a “Musiita” and not a Munyarwanda as alleged.
Museveni said that he is not in any way through decent or by birth a Rwandan by nationality, at the same time cautioning that it would be the least of any one’s worry had he been one.
The President was responding to comments from his social media followers when he made the comments.
Prior to his response, a social media user had indicated that President Museveni is Rwandan by origin, a point he dismissed while preaching unity and Pan Africanism.
“Mwoyo Gwa Gwanga declares how he is not against Banyankore but only against Banyarwanda like myself. Bane is also wondering whether Banyarwanda is an “Official” tribe of Uganda. First of all, I am not a Munyarwanda. I am a Musiita and my mother is Mweene Rukaari and you can go to the beginning of creation, you will not find any Bunyarwandism in me. However, it would not have mattered if I was a Munyarwanda,” Museveni said.
“The NRM talks of Africa, not just the small tribes or even just Uganda. We want the unity of East Africa, of Africa. Moreover, at a personal level, I have many Banyarwanda relatives by marriage,” he added
Museveni said that Banyarwanda is one of the indigenous tribes of what became Uganda since part of Rwanda, Kisoro, was put in Uganda by the colonial borders as well as a part of Mpororo, Omutara, was put in Rwanda by the Colonial borders.
“A number of Bahororo clans actually have their origins in Omutara: The Bagina from Kichwamba, the Bakimbiri from Rutuungu, etc. There are other clans like Bakurungu, Baturagara, etc. who are said to originate from Omutara; then, the area near Katuna is occupied by Abakiga,” he said.
“Therefore, those who waste their time trying to find which Samia is from Kenya, which Mukoonjo is from Congo, which Alur is from Congo, which Kakwa is from Congo or South Sudan, which Madi is from South Sudan, which Acholi is from South Sudan, which Karimojong is from South Sudan, which Sabiny is from Kenya, which Mugisu is from Kenya, which Munyankore or Rakaian is from Karagwe or Buhaya in Tanzania, are not part of our Pan-African vision,” he said.
He added that since time immemorial, these peoples have always interacted in spite of the myopic chiefs that fomented wars among out people