Culture and Society
Kingdom Loyalists are reluctant to mediate in kingdom conflicts
Several calls to settle the conflicts in Toro Kingdom have fallen on deaf ears as no individual or group has shown interest to mediate in the conflicts that have rocked the kingdom for over six months.
The conflicts came to light last year when King Oyo sacked William Nyakatura, the kingdom premier and replaced him with Apollo Karugaba. However Oyo was dragged to court by members of the clan council who claim the sacking of Nyakatura and appointment of Karugaba was illegal.
There have been calls by political and religious leaders who want the conflicts settled but nothing has been done about it and instead, new conflicts keep on emerging.
Isaac Rabwoni, who has mediated in several kingdom conflicts in the past, says that people are tired of mediating in the conflicts because the reconciliation will not yield any fruits.
Rabwoni cites several premiers who have been appointed and sacked as the cause of the conflicts. He says that the conflicts will end if the parties involved in the conflicts realize their mistakes.
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Gertrude Byenkya, a former member of the kingdom parliament (Orukurato) says that people do not care about the current conflicts because they feel they have been cheated by a section of kingdom officials.
Byenkya says that unlike other kingdoms in the country which help their people, Toro kingdom administration has failed to help its subjects. She says the kingdom has for instance failed to set up income generating projects for special interest groups and giving bursaries to needy students.
She also says that some people in the kingdom feel they are not part of the kingdom because they have been detatched from their King by some kingdom officials.
Meanwhile, the recent court injunction stopping any kingdom activity has brought work at the kingdom headquarters at Mucwa to a standstill.
Last month, the High Court in Fort Portal issued an injunction halting any activity carried out in the Kingdom.
Samuel Musana, the estates manager Toro Kingdom says that the kingdom staff have not been paid their salaries because all the bank accounts were frozen following the court injunction. He also says that the kingdom can not collect money from tenants who are occupying kingdom land and buildings.
Musana also says that the implementation of tree planting projects has stalled because over 10 million shillings from the World Wide Fund (WWF) was deposited on the account but it can not be withdrawn.
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