Joined by thousands of people from all corners of the country over the weekend, Buganda King Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II celebrated his 23rd coronation ceremony at Kabasanda playground in Butambala County.
Mutebi who was crowned as the 36th Kabaka of Buganda in 1993, arrived in the company of Prince Richard Ssemakokiro, Buganda’s premier Charles Peter Mayiga and the Butambala Ssaza chief Hajj Twaha Kibalizi Lwanyaaga and other Kingdom officials.
Supreme Mufti Sheikh Silliman Kasule Ndirangwa who led the prayers, asked God to protect the King for more years and grant him more wisdom.
Ndirangwa praised the Kabaka for championing the fight against Fistula and urged Ugandans to join such campaigns.
The day was celebrated under the theme: “King on the throne is our (Baganda) happiness.”
The celebrations included a health camp, where at least 4,000 people accessed free medical treatment and check-up of various ailments such as cancer and sickle cell screening, dental and eye care centre.
Speaking at the event, Mutebi thanked the country’s journalists for the ‘good job’ well done.
Mutebi even had a private moment in which he praised journalists for being eye openers to the citizens and contributing to the awareness of the citizenry.
His praise comes at a time government thinks journalists have ‘betrayed’ it by “selective reporting” citing cases where cameras caught police officers beating opposition supporters.
The king also praised the youth for their financial support to all projects and development activities in Buganda.
“I praise the youth who have tirelessly helped our kingdom through financing all the development projects,” he told the youth present at the ceremony.
He further called for unity and cooperation among his subjects, irrespective of their political or religious differences.
President Yoweri Museveni restored kingdoms on July 31, 1993 following the abolition of cultural institutions by former president Apollo Milton Obote in 1967.