The Kabaka of Buganda Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II has been called to join social media platforms as a way of connecting with the youths who make up a large portion of his subjects in Buganda.
At the 26th commemoration of his coronation, the Kabaka was reminded that the biggest percentage of Baganda and Ugandans are young people who have interest in cultural affairs and would wish to connect at a higher level with him.
This call was made Prof Wilson Muyinda Mande, the Vice Chancellor of Nkumba University who said he was speaking on behalf of some of his students.
“Your Majesty, these young people now hang out on the internet. They get information from platforms like Facebook, Twitter and the iCloud,” Muyinda said.
“They have sent me to request you to join these social media platforms so that you can connect with them.”
The Vice Chancellor also revealed that a group of students at the university had put together resources and procured an iPad for the Kabaka, which he asked him to accept.
The Kabaka smiled in response, waving in an apparent endorsement of the request.”
While the king himself is not officially on social media, his kingdom leadership has made efforts to embrace the trend.
Buganda Kingdom as well as well as its Prime Minister (Katikkiro) Charles Peter Mayiga are active social media users.
Kabaka Mutebi was enthroned in July 1993, in the wake of the restoration of cultural kingships by the NRM Government under President Yoweri Museveni.
Kingships had been banned in Uganda by President Milton Obote in the 1960s.
The celebrations held at Nkumba University on Wednesday were attended by thousands of Buganda royalists as well as special guests including Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar the Sultan (titular ruler) of Sokoto Kingdom in Nigeria.