As celebrations to mark Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi’s 21st coronation anniversary draw near, politicians in the host district, Sembabule, have been urged to put their rivalries on a leash.
Mawogola county (Sembabule district) is the host of this year’s three-day anniversary celebrations, which kick-off on July 29 with the arrival of the Kabaka. There are two significant political camps in the district: one is led by Lwemiyaga MP Theodore Ssekibuko and the former district chairman, now Kamuli RDC, Herman Ssentongo. The other has Foreign Affairs Minister and Mawogola MP Sam Kutesa and district Woman MP Anifa Kawooya.
“We have warned [the politicians in Sembabule] to keep the rivalries out of the Kabaka’s tour,” Kingdom Spokesman Denis Walusimbi told The Observer today.
“Our advice to them is that they should wait until the Kabaka leaves the district on July 31,” Walusimbi added.
The Kabaka is scheduled to arrive in the district on July 29 and tour some projects in Ssekikubo’s Lwemiyaga constituency before going to Kutesa’s Mawogola constituency the following day.
Walusimbi said the organsing committee had so far worked well with the district’s politicians but fears remained that the rivalries could bubble to the fore during the kabaka’s tour. So far, Ssekikubo’s supporters in Lwemiyaga have reconstructed a palace used by Sir Edward Mutesa II on his hunting expeditions in the district.
Kawooya, on the other hand, partially funded the reconstruction of Mutesa’s (Mawogola County chief) house at the Ssaza headquarters, where the Kabaka is expected to camp throughout his three-day tour.
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