Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II has marked his 66th birthday. The scientific birthday celebrations were held at Bulange-Mengo.
Kabaka dedicated his Birthday to mobilising young people to fight and end HIV/AIDS by 2030. Unlike the previous birthday celebrations, Kabaka didn’t address his subjects, he instead waved to them.
During the celebrations, Kabaka recognised five people for their immense contribution towards the development of Buganda kingdom.
The first recipient of the Kabaka’s 66th Birthday Honours included; Tefiro Malokweza and Annette Nandujja who was recognised for promotion of the arts and culture and George William Kiwanuka one of the founders of SWICO.
Hajji Bulaimu Kibirige was awarded for exemplary entrepreneurship and philanthropy (especially in the fight against Sickle Cell) and Dr. Ken Chapman Kigozi. Born in Texas he has served as a missionary in Uganda for 40 years working as a dentist at Mengo Hospital and teaching many Ugandan dentists. He was inducted into the Ffumbe (African Civet) Clan.
During the celebrations, Kabaka launched a book titled ‘Kabaka Omulwanirizi w’ebyaffe’ written by seasoned journalist Timothy Mugerwa Ntanda.
In his remarks, Katikkiro Charles Peter Mayiga commended efforts to fight HIV/AIDs and urged Ugandans to continue the fight against Covid-19 and HIV/AIDS.
“Yesterday, I was vaccinated against Covid-19. Please go for vaccination and stop the myth of saying that the vaccine is targeting Africans whose population is steadily increasing. If it was that they wanted us killed, you would have died of other drugs/medicine used for treating among others malaria,” he said.
According to statistics released by the Ministry of Health, only 180,969 people have been vaccinated against Covid-19.
“We thank you Maama Sylvia Nagginda for looking after Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi,” Katikkiro applauded.