ZOMBO. Alur kingdom is set to celebrate the 10th coronation anniversary of His Royal Majesty Phillip Olarker Rauni III, the King of the Alur people.

The function is slated to take place on October 31, 2020 at the King’s Atyak- Wii-nam palace in Atyak Sub County, Zombo district.

Unlike before, the celebration to mark the King’s 10th anniversary will be held scientifically with a limited number of guests invited in line with the Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 guidelines to limit the spread of the deadly virus.

While addressing the press on Tuesday, Rt. Hon. Vincent Ocaya, the Alur Kingdom Prime Minister said they have invited only 100 guests in a bid to comply with the COVID-19 standard operating procedures (SOPs).

He said the King himself had chosen the theme for the decade coronation anniversary celebrations to be “Live healthy and always wear a mask correctly,” meaning the King is also championing the fight against COVID-19.

“The King chose the theme himself and we are looking forward to seeing a healthy and prosperous Alur Kingdom and its people,” Ocaya said.

He also noted that entry to the palace will be restricted as other members of the public are urged to follow the celebrations live on the Local FM stations in the Kingdom.

Ocaya said the Kingdom had signed a 2-year partnership with MTN that had committed among other things, to supplying the kingdom with 5,000 facemasks.

The Prime Minister said the distribution of the facemasks will be done through the various Chiefs prior to the coronation anniversary.

According to Ocaya, the Kingdom has made great strides in promoting the development of the human person and striking a balance between modernity and culture.

“As a Kingdom, we are very grateful to the government and our development partners that have made it possible for us to work towards the socio-economic empowerment of our people,” Ocaya said.

He also congratulated Prince Angala Jalugwaru and the former Prime Minister, Edwin Jalkweyo for caretaking the Kingdom before the coronation of Rwoth Olarker III in 2010.

Ms Grace Freedom Kwiyocwiny, the chairperson central organizing committee said all is set for the celebrations that will be punctuated with prayers and cultural performances by Nyaravur cultural troupe among others.

She said President Yoweri Museveni is expected to grace the celebration as the Guest of Honor.

“The celebrations will be held as usual but under the new circumstances created by COVID-19 pandemic,” she said.

She implored members of the public to continue sending in their contributions toward the success of the celebrations.

His Royal Majesty Phillip Olarker Rauni III was enthroned as the 34th King of Alur on October 30th 2010 after the death of his grandfather, Rwoth Jobi II who passed on in 2000.