By Jeff Andrew Lule
WITH just a day left to Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi’s 22nd coronation anniversary, security has been tightened on Lake Victoria and in Kalangala district.
Addressing journalists at Bulange in Mengo on the progress of preparations, the head of security, Capt. SL Musazi said marines from both Police and Uganda People's Defence Forces (UPDF) are already patrolling the lake to make sure nothing disrupts the event.
"We realized that being an island surrounded by water, anything can happen. We have beefed up security right from Bukakata and Nakiwogo landing site up to the main island where the event is going to take place," he said.
Musaazi said people must follow security guidelines as to avoid any inconveniences.
"We shall not allow any alcohol on any ferry for security purposes. Given the nature of the area, we shall not tolerate any kind of indiscipline on the island. We are going to be extremely tough for the good of the majority," he said.
The head of the organizing committee, Twaha Kawaase said this year's anniversary will be celebrated under the theme; ‘Promoting education and environment through Counties’.
"We reach out to our people through counties as our local governments. We want to revive our education standards in the kingdom and protect the environment," he said.
Kawaase said students and pupils from schools on the island have already embarked on community service and planting of trees. He said National Forestry Authority (NFA) donated to them tree seedlings.
He noted that on July 30th, the Kabaka will officiate at a health camp where residents will get free testing and treatment.
According to the program, the Kabaka is expected to arrive at the main event at 10:00am on Friday and plant a memorial tree.
Kawaase said the function will last only two hours from the arrival of the Kabaka.
The Kalangala Infrastructure Services, manager, Joseph Mulinde said the ferry for the Kabaka and his delegation is ready.
"The Kabaka is going to use MV Ssese with 16 vehicles" he added.