The King of Tooro Kingdom Oyo Nyimba Kabamba Iguru is today celebrating his 23rd coronation anniversary at his palace in Fort Portal town.
The Kingdom’s Premier, Hon Bernard Tungwako, says the King is now mature enough to take charge of Tooro Kingdom.
“His agenda is geared towards preserving our culture and restoring peace and cultural norms in the Kingdom,” Tungwako said.
Omukama Oyo has focused the “empango” celebrations on reducing the prevalence of HIV/AIDS in the Kingdom.
On Friday, Oyo led his subjects in a marathon geared towards improving the quality of life of his subjects.
He tested and encouraged all his subjects to always test for HIV.
“There are many advantages of being tested. HIV testing is an essential gateway to HIV prevention and treatment and its central to the achievement of the UNAIDS 90-90-90 Fast Track 2020 Targets,” Oyo noted.
He also signed a Declaration to use Tooro Kingdom structures to mobilise men and boys in the Kingdom to embrace HIV prevention and treatment services to attain epidemic control in 2020.
This was during the HIV and AIDS workshop organized by the Kingdom as part of Empango 2018.
The prevalence rate of HIV/AIDS is highest in Kabarole district, a district that falls within Oyo’s scope of operation and kingdom.
So HIV is one of those things the King wants to resolve as his kingship goes forward.
‘Empango’ is unique because it’s the coronation anniversary of Oyo, he ascended the throne of Tooro Kingdom when he was just 3 years old and he is now taken full control of the kingdom from his advisors.
“We should all always support those on HIV treatment to consistently and correctly take their drugs so they can achieve undetectable levels of HIV. For Youths, I urged them to embrace the free HIV counselling and testing services. I also warned them to avoid risky and reckless behaviours,” Oyo said in a social media message.
He added: “Adherence to HIV treatment is critical to achieve viral suppression”.
While in Kihuura S/County in Kyenjojo, he called on people living with HIV on treatment to adhere and those not on treatment to be enrolled so they can live long and productive lives.