The Kabaka of Buganda Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II enters the second day of his visit to Nakasongola amid tight security and thousands of enthusiastic subjects.
The tour which started on Friday aims at promoting health, peace and sports in the area.
On the first day of his visit, Friday, Kabaka Mutebi visited Kalungi, Kalongo and Wabinyonyi Sub Counties where he implored Buganda authorities to work closely with local government to enhance development.
The mood today is calm compared to events in October 2008, when the Kabaka was blocked from visiting Nakasongola in a move the government said was to safeguard the safety of the Kabaka, whose life was threatened at the time.
The threat emerged from protests by the Buruuli communities led by Isabaruuli Mwogezi Butamanya against the visit of the Kabaka to Nakasongola, which he said was an independent territory from the Kingdom of Buganda.
However, in what could be a dramatic turn of events, Nakasongola County Member of Parliament Peter Nyombi told the Kabaka that the communities in Buruuli are still loyal to Buganda.
Nyombi requested the Kabaka to uphold a memorandum of Understanding signed between him and President Yoweri Museveni to promote peace.
But Denis Muyomba a member of Buruuli chiefdom steering committee says that Kabaka was free to visit the area but he must respect legitimate cultural leaders within his kingdom as stipulated in the memorandum of understanding which he signed.
Muyomba adds that they resolved to maintain peace after a recent dialogue that involved the Director of Police in charge of Operations Andrew Felix Kaweesi, Buganda’s Minister of State for Community Service (Bulungibwansi) and Royal Tours Mariam Nkalubo Mayanja and local leaders in Nakasongola.
However, Geoffrey Mwesige Ssemanda the LC 5 Councilor for Kakooge Sub County told the Kabaka that his subjects were not interested in conflicts but in service delivery.
Lameck Kigozi the Savannah Regional Police spokesperson says that security has been heightened at Nakasongola district headquarters and throughout the town to avert any attempts at destabilizing the visit.
Today, the Kabaka will launch ‘Masaza Cup’ , a kingdom counties tournament at Migyera town council.