The Kyabazinga of Busoga William Gabula Nadiope IV has celebrated his 7th Coronation Anniversary.
The function that was held at Igenge Royal Palace in Bugembe, Jinja City was also graced by the First Deputy Prime Minister of Uganda and Minister of East African Affairs Rebecca Kadaga, Third Deputy Prime Minister of Uganda Rukia Isanga Nakadama and Peace Mutuzo the State Minister of Gender.
The scientific celebrations were being celebrated under the theme “Preserving of our cultural values during this COVID-19 pandemic”.
Standard Operations Procedures (SOPs) like wearing of face masks, using hand sanitiser and keeping social distance were observed at the ceremony.
The Kyabazinga was ushered in at his Royal tent by Busoga Kingdom’s Minister of Culture, Richard Mafumo after sounding his Royal drums at the palace that included Mwenemu alimu and Naizungwe.
In his address, the Kyabazinga called upon his subjects to continue observing Standard Operation Procedures put up by the Ministry of Health aimed at preventing the spread of COVID-19.
He condoled with the families of his subjects especially those who have lost loved ones due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Kyabazinga called upon parents on child upbringing which entails teaching the younger generation the cultural norms, the dos and don’ts in society including the requisite raiment for specific places and events.
He also launched the Busoga Kingdom’s South Africa Chapter and a committee headed by Henry Kisubi to head it in South Africa.
The Kyabazinga also appointed heads of various provinces in South Africa who are part of the chapter and said he will give them certificates to enable them do Busoga Kingdom duties in their various areas.
The Monarch expressed dismay over the government’s delay in returning properties of Busoga and directed Busoga Kingdom’s Prime Minister Joseph Muvawala to establish a committee that will follow up to make sure that the government returns properties that belong to Busoga Kingdom.
The Kyabazinga further appreciated the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for donating 50 tones of maize, 20 tones of beans, 50 tones of groundnuts, 3 cartons of Ddoodo seeds, 4 cartons of cabbage seeds, 2 cartons of tomato seeds and 15,000 hoes that will be distributed to farmers in Busoga.
The first deputy Prime Minister of Uganda Rebecc Kadaga thanked the central government for constructing a magnificent palace for the Kyabazinga at Igenge hill in Bugembe, Jinja City.
Kadaga also called upon legislators at the Busoga Parliamentary caucus through their chairperson Stephen Kissa to focus on sensitizing people to indulge in government development programs that will improve their livelihoods and transform them out of poverty.
She said she has invited all stakeholders in Busoga including Members of Parliament in a meeting slated for September 16 at Civil Service College of Uganda to agree where to construct a sugarcane factory in Busoga.
Busoga Kingdom’s second deputy Katukiro Osman Noor Ahmed hailed MTN Uganda for the support it gives to Busoga to implement its development programs.
Osman decried the increased cases of defilement, early pregnancies and child mothering that have occurred during the lock-down.
The Minister of State for Gender Peace Mutuzo, pledged the government’s continued support to Busoga Kingdom.
Later the Kyabazinga was joined by Kadaga, Nakadama, Mutuzo, Miss Tourism Busoga Sheila Naudo and others guests and cut a cake which he served to his subjects.
Present at the function include Busoga Kingdom Prime Minister Dr. Joseph Muvawala, Busoga Royal Concepts’ chairman Prof. Wasswa Balunywa, the Chief Prince (Issabalangira) of Busoga, Hereditary chiefs, Busoga Kingdom Ministers and Members of Parliament from Busoga among others.