His Majesty Ronald Edward Fredrick Kimera Muwenda Mutebi II, the King of Buganda – the largest of Uganda`s sub-national Kingdoms has marked 28 years since his coronation on 31 July, 1993. The event was held at his palace in Nkoni, Lwengo district in the traditional county of Buddu and was dubbed a “scientific celebration” that was not as massive as the culture has been owing to lockdown measures instituted by government to contain Uganda`s second wave of the coronavirus. All the same, the occasion was still graced by a number of political, religious and cultural leaders, media personalities and business people.
In his address, the King emphasized that the Kingdom continues to demand for its` properties from government and criticized those seeking to change the country’s mailo land tenure system. He also said Buganda deserves praise for always welcoming and perfectly blending with people of other tribes and has never sought to break away from the rest of Uganda and neither does it seek to send non-Baganda away from its` region.
Following the abolition of traditional institutions by President Milton Obote in 1966, a number of properties belonging to the Kingdom were taken over by the Central government and many have not yet been returned since restoration in 1993. Of those returned, many still have government offices operating on them which has had a lot of trouble paying rent thus beginning to make moves to change the tenure system.
The King of Buganda goes by multiple nicknames among them Mutanda, Muteregga, Magulunnyondo, Musota, Beene and Kabwejungira.