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Over the years, the Abosoga have been treated as second best citizens. Various displeasing comments about the Abasoga are a common thing in the public arena and on social media

There’s a common joke that to find a Musoga who’s sensible, s/he should be over 45 years. There are many more negative affirmations about the Abasoga.

There is interesting one: That a Musoga was selling pancakes (kabalagala) at old Kampala Taxi Park and the conductor was calling passengers “Ggaba, Kabalagala, Ggaba, Kabalagala

The Musoga decided to distribute the pancakes to the passengers in the taxi, after he went to the conductor: “Maze okugaba kabalagala, sasula ssebo”! –literally meaning, I am done with the distribution, you can pay now.

However, the latest findings reveal the Abosoga are slowing finding their rightful position in Uganda.

According to the Presidential Advisor on the media, Tamale Mirundi, this generation is for the Abasoga.

Speaking recently on one of the local radio stations Mirundi said: The very tribe that has been treated as second best is slowing taking over strategic leadership positions in the country.

He went on to list them: NRM Secretary General Kasule Lumumba, Speaker of Parliament Hon. Rebecca Kadaga, Muvawala, and the Head of National Development Planning Authority.

‘‘The Man who led Uganda Cranes to the African Cup of Nations after nearly 40 years- Moses Magogo, is also a Musoga’’ Mirundi said.

The self styled media consultant observed that unlike other tribes in Uganda: Notherners, Westerners, and Baganda, the Abasoga are seen as a neutral tribe with no threat.

Mirundi urged that if things remain so, in the next few years, this underestimated tribe is likely to takeover leadership of this country.

Uganda’s presidents have come from Western Uganda (President Museveni) Northern (Milton Obote, R.I.P),Okello Lutwa  and Idi Amin (R.I.P) Central/ Buganda  (Mutesa 1, Godfrey Binaisa, Yusuf Lule). Busoga is the only region that is yet to produce a president of Uganda.

The Basoga you didn’t know   

Prof. Wasswa Balunywa: He is the Principal of Makerere University Business (MUBS). He  began his career as Makerere University lecturer in 1983 rising through the ranks to become the Head of the Department, Finance and Accounting, and then Dean Faculty of Commerce, before becoming the Principal of the same institution.

Prof. Balunywa sits (has been) on several boards of corporate companies including the Bank of Uganda and Kakira Sugar Works, Century Bottling Company. He was the Chairman of the defunct Uganda Airlines.

Prof. Balunywa is involved in research in ICT, leadership, entrepreneurship and change management. The former prime minister of Busoga Kingdom has published several articles, books and cases in the area of the business management. In 2015, he was rumored to replace Prof. Emmanuel Tumusiime Mutebile as Governor Bank of Uganda. And yes, Prof. Balunywa is a Musoga!

Moses Kizige

Moses Kizige is the State Minister for Karamoja. He also serves as the elected Member of Parliament, representing Bugabula North Constituency, Kamuli District -2016 – 2021.

Hon. Kizige, chaired the NRM Parliamentary Caucus which advocated for the removal of presidential term limits.

Zarinah  Hassan

The scandalous celebrity, famous for dating top male celebrities and loaded men is not embarrassed telling the public that she is a Musoga.

“I am Zari Hassan, I am a Musoga, I am the richest celebrity wife in East Africa, I thank God for that”. She recently posted on social media.

The wife to Tanzania’s hit maker- Diamond Platnumz took to social media last year to confirm that she is not moved by  the Basoga stereotypes. She said: I am a proud Musoga woman.

The controversial thing about Zari is that her grandfather hails from India, her father from Somalia while her grandmother was born in Burundi.

Rosette Muzigo

Rosette Muzigo is the longest-serving legal officer with the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. She has worked with the tribunal in The Hague, Tanzania, and Rwanda.

She is currently a Legal Officer at the United Nations. She is married to a retired Coordinator of Holy Hoovers John Morrison. She lives in Hague, Netherlands.


Zuena, the wife to Uganda’s number musician- Bebe Cool once said that she hails from Oman, Rwanda and Tanzania. She claimed that she is not a Musoga, only that she was raised in Busoga.

Of course, people like Zuena have always been driven away by the stereotypes and thus trying to re-brand themselves.

There are a dozen prominent Basoga who call themselves Kenyans, Banyankole , Baramogi  to escape the belittling rants inflicted on a Basoga.

Other prominent Basoga

Daniel Kalinaki: He is an Author and Journalist. He is the former Managing Director, The Daily Monitor

Isaac Imaka: Journalist, with the Daily Monitor.

Asuman Basalirwa:  He is a Lawyer and the president of little known JEEMA political party. The man is more popular than his party.

Paul BakibingaHe is a Journalist with the BBC

High-flying Basoga musicians: Moze Radio alias Ssekibogo Moses (Singer), Maurice Kirya. Hon Judith Babirye and Maro.

Prominent Basoga politicians include: Hon Asuman Kiyingi, Isaac Musumba, Salaamu Musumba, David Migereko and Maurren Faith Kyalya.

…………….. Do did forget any prominent Busoga?

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