Ugandan President Museveni hosts Asantehene
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni last Wednesday, received the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II at the State House, the elegant official residence of the President at Entebbe, 40km outside the capital Kampala
74-year-old Ugandan strongman who has been in power for 32 years and is eligible to seek re-election in the next presidential elections in 2021 following a recent Ugandan Constitutional Court ruling that scrapped presidential age limit of 75, displayed a deep knowledge about Ghana especially its politics and said he was elated to receive the Asantehene who he described as "a great king."
Otumfuo Osei Tutu was in Uganda as Special Guest at the 25th coronation anniversary of the Buganda King, Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II.
He was accompanied to the State House by his host the Kabaka and Buganda and Prime Minister, Mr Charles Peter Mayiga.
Also in attendance were a number of Chiefs from Asanteman including the Juabenhene and Chairman of the Council of State, Nana Otuo Siriboe II.
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Mr Museveni who in Uganda carries the pride of restoring the Buganda Kingship in 1993 after it was abolished by President Milton Obote, was in South Africa attending an international summit and therefore could not participate in the 25th anniversary of the Kabaka last Tuesday in Kampala.
Preserving tradition and custom
The Uganda leader touched on the role Kingdoms play in the preservation of culture and tradition of people and commended African traditional leaders for their role in that respect.
“As governments are busy focusing on roads and other such infrastructure developments, cultural leaders play the important role of preserving customs and the identities of the people. I welcome the Ashanti King to Uganda and wish him a fruitful stay here,” he said.