Katikkiro of Buganda Kingdom, Charles Peter Mayiga has debunked social media reports that His Highness the Kabaka of Buganda, Ronald Muwenda Mutebi is critically ill.
Earlier reports on social media had indicated that the Kabaka was sick and that he had been airlifted to the neighboring Kenya for specialized medication.
However, at a press conference held at Mengo, Katikkiro Mayiga on Monday August 17 described the reports as false and said the Kabaka is well and incharge of the kingdom.
The rumor had been circulated backed via a WhatsApp voice notes by individuals claiming they are Kabaka Mutebi’s relatives— demanding to know the health status of their King.
Katikkiro Mayiga said the Kabaka is healthy and fully in charge of the monarchy.
Mayiga also appealed to the King’s subjects to always look out for information regarding the affairs of the Kingdom, only through official channels.
Kabaka Mutebi II is the reigning king of the Kingdom of Buganda, a constitutional kingdom in modern-day Uganda.
He is the 36th Kabaka of Buganda.
He is the son of Edward Frederick William David Walugembe Mutebi Luwangula Muteesa II, Kabaka of Buganda, who reigned between 1939 and 1969.
His mother was Nabakyala Sarah Nalule, Omuzaana Kabejja, of the Nkima clan.
At the age of 11, he was appointed as Heir Apparent by his father on 6 August 1966. While in exile he worked as Associate Editor of the magazine African Concord and a member of the Executive Committee of the African National Congress (ANC) in London.
On 21 November 1969, upon the death of his father, he succeeded as the Head of the Royal House of Buganda.
He returned to Uganda in 1988, following the removal of the Obote II regime and the military junta that briefly replaced Obote II. He was proclaimed at Buddo on 24 July 1993 upon the restoration of the Ugandan Kingdoms, following the intervention of Godfrey Serunkuma Lule.
On 31 July 1993, he was crowned at Buddo. He assumed the style of “His Majesty”. He maintains his capital at Mengo.