Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Activities to mark Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi’s 66th birthday will focus on the fight against HIV/AIDs. The celebrations are slated for April 13th.
In 2020, the kingdom celebrations also focused on the theme; “Men against AIDs to Save the Girl Child.” This followed the appointment of Kabaka Mutebi as a goodwill ambassador in the fight against HIV/Aids in East and Central Africa by the United Nations Programme on HIV/Aids – UNAIDS.
Addressing a press conference at Mengo on Thursday, the Kingdom Health Minister Prosperous Nankindu said that on Friday, Saturday and Easter Sunday, they would hold prayers in different places of worship for the King’s reign.
She also noted that the Kingdom will hold a workshop from 6th to 8th April, in which different Kingdom leaders will be trained on how to fight HIV/AIDs and equip them with messages to deliver to subjects. Those to be trained are clan leaders, county chiefs, health leaders in different counties and youth leaders.
Nankindu said that April 9 will be dedicated to making arrangements at the Kabaka’s Mengo Palace where the main birthday celebrations are to be held. On the same day, the Kingdom will hold a meeting and training of fishermen at Busaabala landing site and nearby communities on how they can help fight HIV/AIDS.
Nankindu said that all activities are to be held in observance of the Covid-19 standard operating procedures and that only guests will attend birthday celebrations.
Nankindu is leading a five-member committee that was recently unveiled by Katikkiro Charles Peter Mayiga to oversee the preparations of the celebrations. The other members include the Kingdom State Minister of Agriculture Hamisi Kakomo, the vice-chairperson Josephine Nantege Ssemanda, the secretary Richard Kabanda and Baker Ssejjengo.
According to statistics by UNAIDs, 1.4 million people were living with HIV in 2018 in Uganda.
Statistics further indicate that 84 percent of people living with HIV in 2018 knew their status, 72 percent were on treatment and 64 percent had the virus suppressed.