Nnabagereka’s State House visit was planned – Mengo

President Museveni (right) and the Nnabagereka (Queen) of Buganda Kingdom Sylvia Nagginda at State House, Entebbe on September 23, 2023.The two leaders discussed ways to harness culture for peace and development. PHOTO/PPU 

What you need to know:

  • This comes nearly a month after some Buganda clan heads came under fire for meeting President Museveni under the coordination of State Minister for ICT and National Guidance Joyce Ssebugwawo. The Katikkiro later said it was a mistake for the clan leaders to meet the President without royal sanction.

 Buganda Katikkiro Charles Peter Mayiga has clarified that the Nnabagereka’s visit to State House was official and had been planned by the cultural institution.

On Saturday, Nnabagereka Sylvia Nagginda led a kingdom delegation to State House Entebbe where they met President Museveni. 
Addressing Buganda Kingdom officials in Bulange, Mengo, yesterday, Mr Mayiga said that the aim of the visit was to inform the President about her upcoming launch of an initiative under the Nnabagereka Development Foundation (NDF).

The initiative involves guiding the young generation in promoting their culture through development (obuntu bulamu).
“This initiative is expected to be launched on October 10 in partnership with United National Development Programme, (UNDP), which has funded several programmes in the country,” he said.

The Katikkiro added that after the launch, the initiative is expected to be extended to other regions across the country.

“The relationship we have with United Nations is individually but it involves the government and it must be part in that collaboration for us to benefit from them and get funds ,” the Katikkiro explained.
 Since its founding in 2000, NDF has actively been involved in making a positive difference in the lives of children, women and youth in Uganda. 
 The most common NDF initiative is the annual children‘s camp (Ekisakaate), which aims at promoting culture among the young generation.

The premier also noted that restoration of Kasubi Tombs involved the government since they are partnering with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation   (UNESCO), which is an international funder.  
“Funders cannot partner with individuals; instead they work through the government,” he said.