President Museveni has said his people have been around since the time of the Bachwezi, echoing his son who recently sparked outrage on Twitter.
“I pity those who think they can defeat Bachwezi… Uganda is a nation of descendants from Bachwezi, those who are throwing small bombs around will learn a tough lesson!” tweeted Lt Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba.
The remark stirred hot debate on social media with Ugandans sharing mixed reactions.
While addressing the nation on Thursday night, Museveni reignited the debate, saying:
“I am the first person in my family to be in the government. No one in my family had been in government. But we have been here from the time of the Bachwezi.”
The Bacwezi were not Galla, but were akin to the Sudanic peoples of South Western Ethiopia, though the distinctive elements in their culture was not Sudanic.
Bunyoro traditions assert that, the Bacwezi were related to the Batembuzi who proceeded them.
They had a light skin, but their original homeland has remained a mystery.
Some sources say that, they may have been Portuguese, that even the word ‘Bacwezi’ must have come from the portuguese word, while others reveal that they were an off shoot of a caucasoid people (perhaps the Egyptians) who sailed down the Nile to Bunyoro and Buganda, during and after the Batembuzi era.