Another African territory seeks independence - this time it is Buganda, the wealthiest of the four provinces of the British Protectorate of Uganda.
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Background: Another African territory seeks independence - this time it is Buganda, the wealthiest of the four provinces of the British Protectorate of Uganda. In the capital, Xampala, Dec, 31st, Buganda's Parliament, the Lukiko, voted by a big majority in favour of seceding from the Protectorate, at a session continuing the previous days discussion of the question.
It was expected that Lukiko members and supporters would consider independence effective from the beginning of the New Year, and the Protectorate against possible disturbances on and after January 1st. A report from Kampala said the Lukiko's independence vote would certainly be rejected by the Protectorate Governor. Sir Frederick Crawford, because it is illegal under the agreement between Britain and Buganda.
Even so, the Lukiko afterwards began drawing up a formal declaration of independence, which was probably to be put before the House later on Dec. 31st. Sir Frederick leaves for London Jan. 1st for talks on the situation:
Buganda has population of nearly 2 millions, and is officially recognised as a native kingdom under its hereditary ruler, the Kabaka.