Monday January 27 2014

Kabaka Mutebi starts Kayunga tour

Kabaka Mutebi waves to subjects after crossing

Kabaka Mutebi waves to subjects after crossing Sezibwa Bridge. He is flanked by Katikkiro Charles Peter Mayiga (R) the State Minister for Lands Ida Nantaba (L) and other Buganda government officials. Photo by Faiswal Kasirye  

By Fred Muzaale

Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II Monday started a three-day visit to his Bugerere County in Kayunga District.

A few minutes past midday, the Kabaka cut a tape at Sezibwa Bridge to signify his triumphant entry to Kayunga District.

The mood in Bugerere is the very opposite of what it was four years back. As the Kabaka tours  Bugerere, the very man who stopped Eng Walusimbi’s convoy from entering Kayunga, at Sezibwa Bridge, Mr Turyagumanawe, is at the forefront of ensuring the Kabaka’s safety on this three-day historic visit.

When Eng. Walusimbi, the then Katikkiro was blocked, spontaneous protests erupted within Kayunga and many districts in Buganda. They later degenerated into riots as police and the army confronted the loyalists. The day was September 9, 2009.

Groups of people have lined up along Kayunga Road to welcome the Kabaka. Jubilant subjects are dancing, drumming and singing among other merry-making activities. A number of people were seen sweeping the road and cleaning areas where Kabaka is expected to stop.

On the first day of the tour, Kabaka Mutebi will make a stopover and inspect Kayunga Hospital to immunize children.

The Kabaka will later proceed to tour his banana plantation which is in Bugerere county (Ssaza) headquarters in Kayunga.

After that, the Kabaka will later meet the Abakenyi people and launch a silo for storing agricultural produce.

On the same day, the King of Buganda will also tour various farmers like Owekitibwa Fred Mugalula Mbombo who owns a livestock farm in Ggaliraya parish.

The climax will be at Bbaale parish where he will plant trees and address his subjects after which he will retreat to his area palace in Ntenjeru.

On Tuesday, the Kabaka will set off from Ntenjeru and tour nursery beds for banana and coffee in Busaana parish and later immunise children at Bukamba parish in Health Centre II.

On Wednesday, Kabaka Mutebi is scheduled to launch a newly-built Seventh Day Adventist church and plant a tree at Mumyuka parish in Kayunga where he would address his subjects at the Ssaza (county) headquarters