Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi on Saturday closed the 2014 Buganda health week by urging his subjects to fight malaria and shun domestic violence.
On a soaked afternoon at the Masaka district headquarters, the Buganda monarch said health weeks gave the kingdom an opportunity to compare achievements against plans and identify new priorities, moving forward. He urged Baganda to focus on prevention over cure of diseases, adding that Buganda’s traditional insistence on latrines and utensil racks – and now mosquito nets – was meant to offer preventive protection.
“These are routine and easy things to do which do not need experts to direct us on how to do them,” Kabaka Mutebi said, stressing that preventing malaria was a vital aspect especially among children.
He then urged families to avoid domestic violence.
In Masaka town, the Kabaka also laid the foundation stone for a five-storeyed, Shs 6bn building belonging to Statewide Insurance Company (SWICO), on Edward avenue. There was drama, however, when royal guards grabbed one of the vice-president’s security men by the waist, disarmed him and threw him out of the Kabaka’s tent.
It all started just after the Kabaka had arrived at the Masaka district headquarters to close the health week. VP Edward Ssekandi’s black-suited guard, sitting behind the country’s number two and armed with a pistol, was politely asked to vacate but he refused.
The royal guards then exchanged whispers before pouncing on Ssekandi’s man and throwing him out, leaving many people embarrassed.
“If they did not want him to sit in that tent, they would have handled him in a more humane way than embarrassing him together with his boss the way they have done,” one of the organizers told The Observer shortly after the drama.
Buganda Katikkiro Charles Peter Mayiga, VP Ssekandi and the Kabaka witnessed this incident but appeared to have ignored it. Even more surprising for the hundreds gathered here was the fact that the vice-president was not invited to say a word at the event.
“At least he would have been given a chance to greet the Kabaka,” said one kingdom loyalist, a g supporter of the ruling NRM in Masaka.
However, all the speakers duly recognized Ssekandi’s presence at the function, introduced him to the Kabaka and commended him for supporting the health week. Members of Parliament from greater Masaka, LC-V chairpersons, county heads from all the 18 counties of Buganda, religious leaders, school children and other people attended the two functions.
Source : The Observer