KIKUUBE, UGANDA: Authorities in Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom have announced that proceedings collected from this year’s Empango Marathon will be devoted towards the rehabilitation of Kikuube Health Centre IV in Kikuube district.
Empango Marathon is one of the pre-activities to commemorate the King’s 29th coronation anniversary commonly known as Empango and will be held on 11th June 2023 as the Kingdom commemorates 29 years since the Omukama Dr Solomon Gaffabusa Iguru I was enthroned.
Omukama Iguru was enthroned the King of Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom in 1994 after the National Resistance Movement [NRM] government restored the Kingdom which had been abolished by President, the Late Apollo Milton Obote on September 17, 1967.
According to the Kingdom’s communications officer Francis Mugerwa, various pre-Empango activities will be carried out this year to commemorate the King’s 29th coronation anniversary like Omugo Health Camp at Buliisa Health Centre 1V, Kabalega motor rally which will run from 9th -11 June in Hoima town, Empango Marathon on 9th June and Business expo from 9th -18th June among others.
Mugerwa said during this year’s Empango marathon, they expect to fundraise over 40 million which will be used to purchase theatre lights for Kikuube Health Center IV in the Kikuube district.
Running kits will be sold at 20,000sh each as one way of raising the required amount of money, he said.
He asked all people from different corners including NGOs, CSOs, politicians and opinion leaders to come out and support the pre-activities in order to have a colourful function for the King’s 29th coronation anniversary
“We are calling for support from Corporate companies, Civil society organizations, and the Business community and the political wing to fundraise for the ceremony, we need more funding to make the function a success,” Mr Mugerwa said.
This year’s, Empango will be different since Omukama Iguru will not perform cultural rituals because of his health condition.
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