The Kabaka of Buganda, Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II, has warned against divisive politics ahead of the 2021 general election.
In his Christmas and New Years message to his subjects, Kabaka Mutebi said:
“The rampant murders and hatred should stop as Uganda gears up for the 2021 general election. Ugandans should know that difference in political ideology does make you enemies with a person of a dissenting political view. You should rather remain as brothers and sisters.”
He said this year, the kingdom has re-echoed, a number of issues that include, promotion of good health, rampant murders and the need to curb corruption at all levels.
“I want to end this year by emphasising the issues that I recently told Abataka be Bbika (clan heads) when we met in Lubiri Mengo last week. These include: Guarding against HIV/AIDS, screening and enrolling onto early treatment and counselling,” the Kabaka said.
He urged Ugandans to conserve the environment, in order to reduce the burden of climate change. Floods and landslides in the Rwenzori and Elgon regions have displaced over 62,000 people who are now sheltering in school buildings, churches, mosques, trading centres and at friends’ homes.
Over 6.8 million people are severely affected, although still living in their homes. A total of 9,126 households have lost an average of two acres each, of crops, due to either flash floods, water logging or landslides.
“Let us protect our land jealously as our forefathers did. Failure to do so, our people will turn into vagabonds,” the Kabaka said.
“We thank God for those who have attained some achievements this year and we send out heartfelt sympathy to those who have lost their beloved ones and faced challenges. May you be filled with the joy and excitement of the season and the hope of a new year,” he said.
The Kabaka said this year, they have visited a number of Buganda cultural and clan sites and emphasized the need to preserve them for cultural values