The Kampala Central Gombolola
Omuk Navtamgiri Gosai on the day of his installation as a Deputy Gombolola Chief for Kampala Central
Florence Kiwanuka and Mw Tom Mbyasse were my two hands, without whose dedicated services, it would have been an impossible task. Photo with the Katikkiro and Madam Florance at the end of Entoffeli for Kampala Central
Despite knowing about the Buganda Kingdom since my first arrival, at an age of 8 yrs, in February 1954 into Bwaise, I knew very little about it and its Gombolola system. So, the challenge was real.
From my childhood, I was involved with Bagandas – so much so that I used to go and sleep with our servant’s family and play with his children. It continued more as I joined the Scouts movement in 1955 as a cub until I became a Rover Scout and a senior member of a Special Constabulary by 1962.
I, along with my other colleagues, was very fortunate to be given to guard the stage at Kalolo old airstrip on 9th October 1962 where presidents like Nkrumah, Jomo Kenyatta, Dr Banda and others join Dr Obote and the Kabaka to celebrate the birth of the new nation, Uganda.
So, to be given an opportunity to serve a new young king and a modern King, Muwenda Mutebi II, was a sheer pleasure.
The added bonus was my executive committee, miluka chiefs who were ever ready to perform in the name of Ssabasajja Kabaka. Moreover, I had a total support from my Ssaza Chief, Owek Patrick Luwaga Mugumbule (now the Speaker at the Lukiko), my minister of the local government, Owek Joseph Kawuki, our Katikkiro Owek Charles Mayiga and the King Himself. I was thoroughly touched when the King came to offer a birthday cake to me – a very modern king!
The King acknowledged me and my wife when we paid respect to Him during His Royal Visit to Ssaza Kyadondo and spoke very warmly to my son during one event. My son, Brij, was so impressed and said, “the King spoke to me in a simple ordinary manner with warmth”.
In Kampala, we served everyone equally as King’s people or King’s guests. In return, the love from people was overwhelming especially during events such as Entoffely.
The photos posted here tell only a small part of the story – me as a Gombolola Chief for the most important Gombolola, Masakkati (Kampala Central). Enjoy viewing the photos!
A Happy 2016!
At the end of December 2015, Omuk Gosai, the Acting Gombolola Chief with its entire Executive Committee, Sub-Committee and the Miluka Chiefs (Heads of all Kampala regions) at the Kampala Central Gombolola Office wishing a happy 2016 to all!