Kabaka Yekka

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Kabaka Yekka was a monarchist political movement and party in Uganda. Kabaka Yekka means 'king only' in the Ganda language, Kabaka being the title of the King in the kingdom of Buganda.

Formation [ edit ]

The movement was formed in the first half of 1961, in order to defend Buganda's traditional institutions (headed by the Kabaka).[1] It was formed in opposition to the Catholic-dominated Democratic Party (DP).[1] The DP had won a majority in the general election held on the 23 March 1961, partly because the Bugandan government had asked the Baganda to boycott the polls.[2] Historian Ian Hancock attributes the formation of the KY to Sepiriya Kisawuzi Masembe-Kabali, with support from John Bakka, Latimer Mpagi and Antoni Tamale.[3]

Ideology [ edit ]

Abu Mayanja, a leading spokesman for the KY-dominated government of Buganda, described how "we in Kabaka Yekka hold than only a government based on the institution of Kabakaship can be stable in Buganda... [we believe] that the first duty of government is to maintain and uphold the institution of monarchy as the foundation of order, security, unity and patriotism in Buganda".[4]

Electoral results [ edit ]

In 1962 Kabaka Yekka allied with Uganda People's Congress. In the Lukiko elections of 22 February 1962 it won 65 of the 68 seats, with a vote share of more than 90%.[5] The Lukiko duly elected 21 KY members to the 1962 National Assembly.

In 1979 Mayanja Nkangi founded the Conservative Party, which is considered to be a transformation of Kabaka Yekka.

Notes [ edit ]

  1. ^ a b Hancock 1970, p. 111.
  2. ^ Hancock 1970b, p. 421.
  3. ^ Hancock 1970b, p. 422–423.
  4. ^ Earle 2017, p. 174.
  5. ^ Hancock 1970b, pp. 431–432.

References [ edit ]

  • African Elections Database - Uganda
  • Earle, Jonathon L. (2017). Colonial Buganda and the end of empire : political thought and historical imagination in Africa. New York, NY. ISBN 9781108264723. OCLC 1003595980.
  • Gertzel, Cherry (1 October 1964). "How Kabaka Yekka Came to Be". Africa Report. New York: African-American Institute. 9 (9): 9–14. ISSN 0001-9836 – via ProQuest.
  • Hancock, Ian (1 April 1970). "The Buganda Crisis of 1964". African Affairs. 69 (275): 109–123. doi:10.1093/oxfordjournals.afraf.a095989. ISSN 0001-9909.
  • Hancock, Ian (1970). "Patriotism and Neo-Traditionalism in Buganda: The Kabaka Yekka ('The King Alone') Movement, 1961-1962". The Journal of African History. 11 (3): 419–434. doi:10.1017/S0021853700010239. ISSN 0021-8537. JSTOR 180347.
  • Mutesa, Edward (1967). Desecration of my kingdom. London: Constable. OCLC 381718.
  • Sathyamurthy, T. V. (1986). The Political Development of Uganda, 1900-1985. Gower. ISBN 9780566052477.
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