October 8, 2019
Photo above: Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II drumming a drum at Namayumba as he commissions Bulungubwansi mile.
Speaking from the land conflict district of Wakiso yesterday at the kingdom's local government day, the Kabaka said he was concerned about fraud in matters where tricksters forge titles and evict people.
"There are people who through fraud to take over kingdom property. People on Kabaka land should be protected against fraudsters who forge titles and evict people.
He thanked district Chair Matiya Lwanga Bwanika for fighting to preserve the environment saying that that is the way to go and these should be protected by Kabak's chiefs" the Kabaka noted.
He also said it was a must to protect the environment and recognized the efforts of Wakiso district chairperson Matiya Kwanga Bwamika who last year engaged in a fist fight with the Chinese he accused of degrading Lake Victoria.
He thanked the district chief administrative officer, Luke Lukoda for working together during the organization of the event saying togetherness helps in development.
The Kabaka said that his chiefs are instrumental in mobilization and teaching masses in development imploring them never to relent on strategic planning.
On health he said that Buganda can develop with health people arguing people to protect against HIV. He said that in 2017, Aids preverlance had dropped to 42 percent and he hoped the trend is continuing to decline.
“We will win the war against HIV. We thank our health ministry and CBS for mobilizing men to know their HIV status. Findings in last two weeks indicate that in Kampala and Wakiso at least 60% of men are checking superseding women who have checked their status. This is very important because men were timid to know their status. We continue to ask men to continue with all heath checkups..
Katikkiro Charles Peter Mayiga congratulated Busiro for the triple achievement during this year of hosting the 26th coronation in Nkumba, making it to the final round in Masaza cup and becoming the best model county in kingdom service delivery.
He said Buganda must regain its glory to the top by strategic planning and learning from and correcting mistakes.
He called on leaders to convene meetings to get feedback to the communities and relating messages from the kingdom.
Mayiga asked massive tree planting around the kingdom especially during all significant functions such as introductions, last funeral rites, parties, anniversaries, or religious celebrations as pilgrimages from Mecca.
“As we strive to develop kingdom, we organized best agricultural competition (James Kabiito from Kooki emerged winner) and Kabaka argues all of you to engage in commercial agriculture" Mayiga said.
He said that the kingdom should support its commercial companies to develop kingdom.
Yesterday's was the 57th celebration of Buganda's independence claim. It is however backed by no evidence it was granted by the protectorate government. No instruments of power or raising Buganda flag on the 8th October is evidenced to have occurred.
The following day, Uganda achieved independence with the Kabaka of Buganda, Sir Edward Mutesa II, becoming the first president. But the monarchy of Buganda and much of its autonomy had been revoked like that other four Ugandan kingdoms. The British since 1894, at the invitation of Muteesa, was a British protectorate.
There was a heavy downpour at the venue with the entire field soaked with water and mud.
But rain was non deterrent to enthusiasts. One man, a local engineer, Sam Walusimbi said that Kabaka connects us with God and we must be with him under all circumstances.
"The foresightedness of former Kings Muteesa I brought religion here, education and most of the prominent schools in Uganda were brought here. The bible was first seen in Buganda.
So entirely Uganda's religious connection and education is attributed to the grandfathers of our Kabaka," Walusimbi said.
At least ten Members of Parliament from the Buganda caucus attended and on being introduced to the Kabaka they knelt before the Kabaka in a Kiganda way of exercising loyalty.
School choirs entertained with music in praise and prayer of the Kabaka. The scouts’ band played away with men and women matching and waving to the Kabaka around the venue.
Special thanks went to Wakiso Chief executive officer, Luke Lokuda who organised the band. District chairman Mariya Lwanga Bwanika and Engineer Sam Mwesigwa were lauded for ensuring they graded the road from Kakiri to Masuliita days before the arrival of Kabaka Mutebi.
The Kabaka was flanked by Nabagereka Sylvia Naginda, members of the royal family, his ministers and other top kingdom administrators.
Buganda Government’s State minister for Local government Joseph Kawuki said they will begin reconstructing headquarters from Mawogola. He said Kabaka's subjects were resolved to forward Kabaka's directives to boost agriculture and other development directives.
Minister Mariam Nkalubo Said that during the Bulungibwansi week, they planted trees and participated in community sanitation drives where people were urged to grade their home. She said that families were reminded about Kabaka's call for unity.
"We will revive cooperatives around the kingdom," she said.
Best farmers around the kingdom were each presented with cheques ranging from Shs.1.5m to Shs. Kabiito James, Ssentongo Ronald,
Exemplary counties were given cheques ranging from shs7m to 1m.