27 years since kingdoms were banned by the preceding Milton Obote government, in 1993, Prince Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II who had been in the United Kingdom in exile became the Kabaka after a coronation at Naggalabi.
The crown. When monarchs and kingdoms were banned by President Milton Obote, for many, this was the end of something they held dear.
In attendance was Kabaka Ronald Mutebi’s guardian, Captain Ronnie Owen, and Richard Carr-Gomm, local and regional religious leaders.The coronation was also graced by delegations from Eswatini Kingdom as well as those sent in by Egyptian president, Hosni Mubarak, Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, Kenya’s Daniel Arap Moi, friends of Ssekabaka Sir Edward Frederick William David Walugembe Mutebi Luwangula Mutesa II from England and President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni in company of the First Lady, Janet Museveni.
The Kabaka who has just turned 67 years is one of the longest reigning monarchs on the Buganda Kingdom throne. Under his stewardship, Buganda Kingdom has been able to grow and develop into one of the most respected traditional monarchs in East Africa.
Buganda Kingdom has a population estimate of 5 million people, making it the most populous ethnicity in Uganda. The Kingdom thrives on mainly subsistence agriculture and does some coffee exports. Buganda is structured in a semi-autonomous manner as it houses a parliament that drafts and passes its budget on which it operates.