The Kabaka of Buganda, Ronald Muwenda Mutebi, on Thursday arrived in Kayunga District for a two-day visit amid heavy police deployment.
The Kabaka was greeted by heavily armed police men at Ssezibwa Bridge on his way for a two-day tour of the contested Bugerere County.
“The heavy deployment is only to ensure that the Kabaka has a peaceful visit and that his subjects are safe,” the Kayunga District Police Commander said.
Bugerere County is claimed by both Buganda Kingdom and Banyala cultural group.
The Banyala do not recognize Buganda Kingdom and in 2009, former Katikkiro of Buganda John Baptist Walusimbi was blocked by security from accessing Kayunga District to prepare for the Kabaka’s visit to the area.
Security cited security concerns for blocking of the Kabaka’s visit that resulted in spontaneous riots in various parts of Buganda during which at least 21 people were killed and property worth millions of shillings destroyed.
Despite this deployment, thousands of Buganda Kingdom loyalists were stationed at Sezibwa Bridge to welcome their king.
They included Mukono Diocese Bishop Williams Ssebaggala, Mengo’s Bugerere County chief James Ssempigga, area MP Amos Lugoloobi and Kayunga District chairperson Tom Sserwanga.
Kabaka Mutebi then proceeded to Galilaaya Sub-county where he launched a health camp from where hundreds of his subjects received free treatment.
He later planted a tree at the school as a way of promoting protection of the environment.
Addressing his subjects at Ntimba, the Kabaka urged residents in the district to engage in income- generating activities to fight poverty in their homes.
“You should remain united, educate your children and avoid tribal wrangles because they are useless,” the Kabaka said.