The Kabaka of Buganda, Ronald Mutebi II has urged all Ugandans to continue observing all guidelines put in place to curb the spread of the deadly Covid-19 pandemic.
Kabaka said during the celebrations to mark his 27th coronation ceremony at Mengo. The 65-year-old monarch’s reign of the biggest kingdom in Uganda began in 1993, upon enthronement as Kabaka of Buganda on July 31, 1993.
The guidelines include; Covering your mouth and nose with tissue or a handkerchief when coughing and sneezing, Washing hands with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand rub immediately after using the tissue or handkerchief, Maintaining a distance of two meter from anyone who is coughing or sneezing and remind them that they need to have a face mask to avoid infecting others.
The others include; avoiding touching in the eyes, nose and mouth at all times. Hands touch many surfaces including money which can be contaminated with the virus and you can transfer the virus from the surface to yourself, avoiding hand-shakes and hugging at all times and avoiding unprotected contact with dead animals.
He applauded all individuals who have contributed towards the fighting of the virus and urged the government to put emphasis on other diseases like Aids, pressure, Sickle cells, malaria asserting that they too are killing Ugandans.
He expressed his dismay over security officers especially from the Local Defence Unity (LDU) who were recently brutalizing and killing Ugandans in the name of enforcing presidential directives peddled at stopping the spread of Covid-19.
“Everyone has a right, if he/she disobeys the law, it is better to drag him/her to courts of law. It is bad for security officers to punish them with death,” he said
The also noted that Hussein Walugembe, a man who set himself on fire at Masaka Central Police Station (CPS) indicates that youth have lost hope and pledged that his Kingdom will continue to work towards reinstating hope among the youth.
The Kabaka also awarded Dr. Kawanga Semwogerere, Sheikh Hussein Rajab Kakooza, prof Josephine Nambooze Kiggundu, Rev. Canon Samuel Kasujja (he baptized Kabaka), John Yakuze for their distinguished services towards the development of Uganda and Buganda.