More than 100,000 runners took take part in the 2019 edition of the Airtel Kabaka birthday run that took place on Sunday. This year’s run also celebrated 26 years of the Kabaka’s coronation anniversary.
The run that was flagged off at 7.00am by the Kabaka of Buganda; Ssabasajja Ronald Muwenda Mutebi, attracted notable participants from the kingdom including; the Katikkiro of Buganda, Owek. Charles Peter Mayiga, Prince David Wasajja, FDC’s leader Kizza Besigye , People Power defacto Deputy Zaake Francis .among others.
The Kabaka Birthday run is part of Airtel Uganda’s five-year partnership with Buganda kingdom to support four of its main annual activities including the Kabaka’s birthday celebrations, Kabaka coronation and Eid-El- Fitri.
Addressing the crowds after the run, Katikkiro of Buganda Owek. Charles Peter Mayiga applauded the participants for their enormous support to the Kingdom and its causes.
The Katitkiro also praised Airtel Uganda for partnering with the kingdom in advancing programs which benefit both the people of Buganda kingdom and the rest of the country.
Addressing the media, Hon Francis Zaake said , The Kabaka of Buganda is the symbol of unity in Buganda. I have always had the honor to participate in the Kabaka’s birthday run, except that I lost my original energy. This year, I have run but without impetus like the earlier years I do relish those days, before the regime crippled me. I could run! I miss my energy
That said, this event is a big demonstration, especially to the proponents of national unity that, when we do unite, the junta cannot prevail over us anymore. added MP Zaake.
According to the Uganda Ministry of Health over 25,000 babies are born each year with sickle cell disease and over 80% die before their 5th birthday contributing to 15% infant mortality- 13.3% of the total population have sickle cell traits and 21% are within the Buganda region.
The Birthday run proceeds are to be channeled o help tackle sickle cell among the population.