Airtel has contributed over Shs 50 million towards Kabaka Ronald Muwenda’s 63rd birthday celebrations.
The celebrations are taking place today, Friday at Villa Maria Catholic Parish in Buddu county in Kalungu district. This year’s birthday celebration will also mark the Kabaka’s 25th coronation anniversary. Addressing the media about the contribution, Airtel Uganda’s head of branding and communications, Remmie Kisakye Kakuru said the contribution is a recognition for the kingdom’s efforts in uplifting the livelihoods of the people of Uganda.
“Our relationship with Buganda kingdom has strengthened over the years. And the reason for this is because we believe in what the kingdom is trying to achieve, both for the people of Buganda and the rest of the country,” Kisakye said.
Airtel’s partnership with Buganda includes support for four of the kingdom’s main annual activities including the Kabaka’s Birthday celebrations, Kabaka Birthday Run, Kabaka coronation and Eid-El-Fitri.
Kisakye pointed to the cause behind the concluded Kabaka Birthday Run as an example of what she called “…strategic alliances…”
“Proceeds from this year’s run will go towards creating awareness on the prevention of sickle cell disease which affects several people in Uganda. We are therefore honoured to be part of Buganda kingdom’s initiatives because ultimately, the benefits from them extend to the community.”
The kingdom’s 2nd deputy Katikkiro and minister for Education Owek. Hajji Dr Twaha Kigongo Kaawaase commended Airtel for maintaining its consistent backing of both Buganda kingdom and more communities across the country. He pointed to the recently concluded Kabaka Birthday Run which attracted a mammoth crowd of over 40,000 participants.
“One of the key factors for the success of the kingdom’s activities is the reinforcement which we receive from our partners. Airtel Uganda has been at the forefront of our support system, and they recently displayed this commitment by extending the length of this partnership. On behalf of Buganda kingdom, I applaud and thank you for standing alongside us in our endeavours.”