Museveni hails Kabaka, Muteesa II for promoting peace

Tuesday November 19 2019

President Museveni (Centre, seated) with Nabagerak

President Museveni (Centre, seated) with Nabageraka Sylvia Nagginda(2nd left), Katikkiro Charles Peter Mayiga(2nd right) and the children of the late Sir Edward Muteesa II in Kampala yesterday. Photo by Kelvin Atuhaire 

By KELVIN ATUHAIRE

Kampala- President Museveni has honoured Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi and his late father Sir Edward Fredrick Muteesa II for their contribution towards the restoration of peace in the country.

The President lauded the two kings during the commemoration lecture of Sir Edward Muteesa II yesterday for their support towards the National Resistance Army in restoring peace in the country.

“When they were arranging for the medal to recogonise Muteesa, I said what about Mutebi. I know him as one of the people that supported us in restoring peace in this country,” Mr Museveni said.

The Kabaka was not present to receive the Nalubaale medal, but his brother Prince David Wasajja received it on his behalf.
Buganda is celebrating the legacy of Muteesa, who was the 35th Kabaka and the first president of Uganda. Today marks 50 years since his death.

Mr Museveni recollected the moments when he met Kabaka Mutebi, then a prince at Hilton Hotel where he (Mutebi) requested to join Mr Museveni in the bush.

“When I came back from my trip in Libya, I found Prince Mutebi, we made an appointment to meet at Hilton Hotel and he said he wanted to come to the bush and I said no. ‘I don’t want you to come. Going to the bush is not like going for a tea party’. I did not want to bring trouble in the kingdom because if he had died from there, then they would have to look for someone in the line of his blood to replace him and by then, he had not yet multiplied,” he said.

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Mr Museveni also contributed Shs300m towards the renovation of Kasubi Tombs.

Muteesa was praised for his outstanding leadership and contribution to the development of the country.

Katikkiro Charles Peter Mayiga hailed Muteesa for loving truth and justice during his reign.

“From this lecture, we have seen what Muteesa had done included justice and truth. We need to learn from this history so that we can become better citizens,” Mr Mayiga said.

katuhaire@ug.nationmedia.com

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