Activities to mark this year’s celebrations to mark Kabaka Ronald
Muwenda Mutebi’s 66th birthday will focus on the fight against HIV/AIDs. The celebrations are slated for April 13th.
In 2020, the Kingdom celebrations also focused on the theme; “Men against AIDs
to Save the Girl Child”. This followed the appointment of Kabaka Mutebi as a
goodwill ambassador in the fight against HIV/Aids in East and Central Africa by
the United Nations Programme on HIV/Aids – UNAIDS.
Addressing a press conference at Mengo on Thursday, the Kingdom Health Minister
Prosperous Nankindu said that on Friday, Saturday and Easter Sunday, they would
hold prayers in different places of worship for the King’s reign.
She also noted that the Kingdom will also hold a workshop from 6th to 8th April
in which different Kingdom leaders will be trained on how to fight HIV/AIDs and
equip them with messages to deliver to subjects. Those to be trained are clan
leaders, county chiefs, health leaders in different counties and youth leaders.
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Nankindu said that April 9 will be dedicated
to making arrangements at the Kabaka’s Mengo Palace where the main birthday
celebrations are to be held. On the same day, the Kingdom will hold a meeting
and training of fishermen at Busaabala Landing site and nearby communities on
how they can help fight HIV/AIDS.
Nankindu said that all activities are to be held in observance of the Covid-19
Standard Operating Procedures- SOPs and that only guests will attend birthday
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Nankindu is leading a five-member committee that was recently unveiled by
Katikkiro Charles Peter Mayiga to oversee the preparations of the celebrations.
The other members include the Kingdom State Minister of Agriculture Hamisi
Kakomo, the vice-chairperson, Josephine Nantege Ssemanda, the secretary,
Richard Kabanda and Baker Ssejjengo.
According to statistics by UNAIDs, 1.4 million people were living with
HIV in 2018 in Uganda.
Statistics further, indicate that 84 per cent of people living
with HIV in 2018 knew their status, 72 per cent were on treatment and 64 per
cent had the virus suppressed.