President Yoweri Museveni has called for the preservation of African culture and history.
The President who was speaking at the book launch of the clans and totems of the people of Kigezi today at Imperial Royale Hotel in Kampala noted that there is need for such history to be written by elders who are knowledgeable. The book is titled ‘Clans and Totems of the Banyakigezi’.
“I congratulate the author and his collaborators for doing a wonderful job. His job is similar to mine when I wrote the ‘Katondoozi’. The elders were dying without writing the history,” he said.
The book which was authored by Mr. Ishmael B.K. Kabananukye is a result of five years of research and gives a rich narrative of what has shaped the identity of the people known as the Banyakigezi who have for decades inhabited the geographical spaces situated in the mountains and valleys of the area known as Kigezi in South Western Uganda.
The book reveals the centuries-old connections between the people of Kigezi namely the Bafumbira, Batwa, Banyabutumbi, Bakiga and Bahororo who share naming systems that are situational including those for clan names, torrents, stories, myths, proverbs, riddles, values and beliefs.
The Minister of Gender, Labour and Social Affairs, Hon. Janat Mukwaya, thanked President Museveni for honoring the work and community of the Banyakigezi.
Author Kabananukye said that he was inspired to write the book after realizing that many of the knowledgeable elders were dying and there was no written information about the culture of the Banyakigezi.
Church of Uganda Archbishop, the Most Rev. Stanley Ntagali and Kabale University Vice Chancellor, Prof George Mondo Kagonyera, attended the ceremony.