Asantehene gives land for Uganda HIV drug factory

Asantehene gives land for Uganda HIV drug factory

- Ghana’s Ashanti Empire King Otumfuo Nana Osei Tutu II has ended his visit to Uganda

- The Asantehene also pledged land for the establishment of a factory to manufacture HIV/Aids drugs in Ghana

The Ashanti king, Otumfuo Nana Osei Tutu II, has given land to one of Uganda’s top pharmaceutical firms to build a factory and manufacture HIV/Aids drugs in Ghana.

Otumfuo announced the offer during a visit to Cipla Chemicals plant in Luzira, outside Kampala, as he concluded his five-day visit as a special guest at Kabaka Ronald Mutebi’s coronation silver jubilee anniversary celebrations.

The monarch’s offer was on the request of CIPLA chemicals chief executive, Mr Emmanuel Katongole.

Asantehene gives land for Uganda HIV drug factory

Left to right: King of Ashanti Otumfuo Nana Osei Tutu II, President Museveni and Kabaka Ronald Mutebi II after a meeting at State House, Entebbe on Wednesday. PHOTO BY PPU

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It was a very important opportunity for us to host the Asantehene. He has accepted to provide us land in Ghana to set up a factory,” Mr Katongole said following Wednesday’s meeting between the company’s top officials and the king.

According to its website, Cipla Quality Chemical Industries Limited manufactures anti-retroviral drugs (ARVs), Artemisinin-based Combination Therapies and Hepatitis drugs.

Otumfuo, accompanied by the Kabaka, also held a meeting with President Museveni at State House, Entebbe on Wednesday during which they explored the significance of traditional institutions in preserving culture, fostering unity and development.

The meeting coincided with the date, six years ago, when President Museveni on August 1, 2012 warned Mengo against opportunism, repeating old mistakes and dragging the Kabaka into politics.

Antagonism between the two sides was at its worst, but the relations have since thawed.

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