Tuesday 24th May 2016
The Kingdom of Buganda has today commemorated the day Milton Obote’s government attacked the Lubiri.
It was on 24th May 1966 when the then president of Uganda Apollo Milton Obote and his troops attacked the Mengo palace to kill the Kabaka of Buganda Sir Edward Fredrick Muteesa II.
Today it marks 50 years since the invasion happened.
In 2007, Ssaabasajja Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II declared 24th May, a public holiday in the Kingdom of Buganda.
Today it has marked 50 years since the incident happened, the commemoration ceremony has been held at Lubiri Mmengo and the Kingdom has held special prayers led by Archbishop Cyprian Kizito Lwanga.
While presiding over the ceremony, the 1st Deputy and Minister for Buganda Affairs Abroad, Amb.Emmanuel Ssendaula said that Buganda will continue its quest for federal system of governance as this will enable the equitable sharing of and responsibility in the management of people and resources within the Kingdom.
He noted that the 1966 crisis led to the decline of the development in the Kingdom especially in health, education, trade, dressing code, cultural norms, and behavior sectors.
After His Majesty the Kabaka of Buganda Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II declaring 24th May a public holiday, His Majesty wanted his subjects to re-innovate the developments that were destroyed during the crisis.
On the issue of the surviving war veterans; Ambassador Ssendaula reiterated that they are still looking for the true number of the existing survivors and those who have died a natural death with a reason of finding ways of developing them.
Buganda government’s minister for local government who doubles as the attorney general, David Mpanga and Bishop Charles Kimbowa who were guest speakers, urged the leaders of the Uganda to maintain peace and stability to avoid the repeat of the 1966 crisis.
1st Deputy Katikkiro Amb.E.SSendaula greeting Namasole and Pricess Nnaabanaakulya at Lubiri.
The Archbishop of Kampala Arch-Diocese Cyprian Kizito Lwanga led the commemoration prayers.
Cardinal E.Wamala also attended the commemoration.
Former Katikkiro J.Mayanja Nkangi and 3rd Deputy Katikkiro Apollo Nelson Makubuya sharing a moment.
Princess Juliana of Rwanda (2nd Left) also attended the ocassion.
Owekitiibwa David F.K.Mpanga was among the guest speakers giving a brief background of the 1966 crisis.
The Kabaka's subjects rturned up in big numbers to grace the ceremony.
Maama Namasole, Cardinal Emmanuel Wamala, Princess Nnaabanaakulya, Ssaabalangira Godfrey Musanje,Mengo’s ministers, Owek. Joash Mayanja Nkangi, County chiefs, Sub county chiefs among others graced the occasion.