Kampala, Uganda | URN | The Kabaka of Buganda Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II wasn’t poisoned but rather got an allergic reaction from wearing masks and face shields, Katikkiro Charles Peter Mayiga has said.
Speaking for the first time after a seemingly frail Kabaka appeared in public early this week to celebrate his 66th birthday, Mayiga admitted that in the last few days, the Kabaka has been having health challenges which he said are being managed by his doctors.
The statement comes after videos showing the Kabaka in a manner that suggested that he was in extreme pain, made rounds on social media with some people alleging that he might have been poisoned. This appearance came just weeks after speculation about his health.
While some people wondered why officials at Mengo allowed the Kabaka to appear in public while he was sick, Mayiga said that if he had not showed up for the celebrations, still people would have asked questions why he had stayed away.
On the people who are calling for Kabaka to be taken abroad for proper management of his health, Mayiga said his doctors who are specialists in what they’re doing believe his situation can be handled here. He wondered why people would think that those around the Kabaka don’t care about his welfare to know which kind of treatment he needs. Mayiga called upon people to disregard online calls to fundraise for the Kabaka to go abroad for better health management.
Mayiga also confirmed the authenticity of a video that made rounds on social media yesterday showing the Kabaka at Capital Shoppers supermarket in Ntinda.
“When he wants certain personal things, he himself goes to the supermarket and picks them and he went and picked them and people saw him walk normally. I‘m hoping that will reassure you about his health,” Mayiga said.
Below is the Katikkiro Mayiga’s statement on Kabaka’s allergic reaction in full:
On Tuesday April 13, 2021, we celebrated Kabaka Mutebi II’s 66th birthday. We congratulate our King and pray that God gives him a long and happy life.
Those who graced the occasion at Mengo Palace, on that day, and those who followed the events on televisions and social media may have noticed that his subjects and general public are used to.
We all face health challenges from time to time and they need to be effectively managed. And in the Kabaka’s case, the challenges are related to allergies which, when they attack him, cause breathing difficulties, especially when he has a mask or shield over his face. The allergies are being effectively managed by the appropriate medical experts.
The rumours doing the rounds that the Kabaka was poisoned are totally false. I would also like to dispel rumours being posted on different social media platforms, they are baseless and should be totally disregarded, otherwise they will cause undue anxiety.
I would like to assure the people of Buganda and all Ugandans that the Kabaka’s condition is managed with requisite expertise and we hope and pray that the Kabaka will achieve full recovery soon.
Ssaabasajja Kabaka Awangaale….! [Long live the King!]