With the Covid-19 pandemic affecting many sports and social activities, this year’s Airtel-sponsored Kabaka Birthday Run will see most of the participants running from their homes and communities, and only a handful will be flagged off by Ronald Muwenda Mutebi the Kabaka of Buganda in the palace grounds.
Organised under the theme: “Men against HIV/Aids to save the Girl Child,” the run will take place on November 29, Charles Peter Mayiga, the Katikkiro of Buganda Kingdom, announced at the weekend in Bulange, Mengo.
“The Kabaka is pleased to wave off a handful of people at the Mengo grounds. These will represent all of us as the rest we are advised to buy birthday run kits and run from our homes or within our neighbourhoods,” Mayiga said.
Mayiga decried the fact that many cases of sexual abuse of girls have been reported during the Covid-19 lockdown and for this reason, the kingdom premier said, the Kabaka has urged men to spearhead the fight against HIV/Aids through his seventh birthday run.
“Every man young or adult should think about women. They should think about their mothers, sisters, daughters and take measures that will prevent the spread of HIV/Aids in our society,” he said.
The UNAIDS said it will continue to support the Kabaka Birthday Run, who was re-appointed their goodwill ambassador for the next three years.
The run had earlier been scheduled for April 5 before it was pushed to November back due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Meanwhile, the participation fee has also been cut down from Shs15,000 to Shs10,000.