By Mable Nakibuuka
Lt. Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba, who is the Presidential Adviser on Special Operations, has praised the Commander in Chief of the Uganda Peoples Defence Forces (UPDF) President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni as the greatest hero in Uganda’s history.
Gen. Muhoozi made this declaration on Sunday September 6th, 2020, when he tweeted thus;
When I was a young boy my elders used to tell me the story of Muguta ya Butaho. The greatest hero of the Banyankore. But now as an old man myself, I know that General Museveni is the greatest hero in the history of Uganda. And we are all sons and daughters of Yoweri Museveni.”
Who Is Muguta Ya Butaho
According to legend, to most people of South Western Uganda, cattle were the most treasured possession in their lives. Besides providing milk, ghee, meat and hides, cows were the state of the value and a medium of exchange. Cows were the mode of payment of bride price and some special cows were used in religious rituals as well as cultural and political ceremonies.
The long horned Ankole cows were most valued because they were adapted to the climate of the region and resistant to most diseases.
However, one cow that is remembered for making all the desired qualities was Mayenje ga Ishinjo Rutanyuobwa Bigomba, which was owned by Kabundami, the king of Buhweju around 1720 AD. The highly prized cow was envied by Ntare IV, the king of Nkore, who sent two of his warriors, Rucu rwa Bugoro and Runkunku to steal the cow.
The act angered Kabundami who deployed his army under the command of Muguta Ya Butaho, one of the greatest warriors in the history of the region. Muguta recovered the cow from Nkore after a war that cost 4000 lives of fighters on both sides. Nkore’s army was commanded by the great warrior Ntsinga Ya Nyarihima who lived at Rwantsinga about 5 Kilometres from where Igongo Cultural Centre is located. After this war, the borders of both kingdoms shifted.