Bagaya: Saul Mpuuga Not King Oyo's Brother

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In short
Princess Elizabeth Bagaya of Tooro has finally broken the silence on the 32 year old man who claims to be King Oyo’s elder brother. Saul Livingstone Mpuuga rose to prominence late last year when he revealed that he was the eldest son of the late Omukama Patrick Olimi Kaboyo II.

Princess Elizabeth Bagaya of Tooro has finally broken the silence on the 32 year old man who claims to be King Oyo’s elder brother.
 
Saul Livingstone Mpuuga rose to prominence late last year when he revealed that he was the eldest son of the late Omukama Patrick Olimi Kaboyo II.
 
He said that his late mother Joyce Rubuga met Kaboyo at the King’s palace where she worked as a maid. In April this year, Mpuuga was recognized by members of the Tooro royal family at the home of Professor Edward Rugumayo in Fort Portal.

But Bagaya, the daughter of the former King of Tooro, Sir George Rukidi and elder sister to Kaboyo, says that Mpuuga has plans of contesting for the Kingship. She says that Mpuuga’s actions are suspicious, because he has been introducing himself at public functions as the brother of King Oyo.

Bagaya, who was addressing members of the Kingdom Parliament on Saturday, said that Kaboyo had only three children.  She named the children as King Oyo Nyimba Kabamba Iguru Rukidi IV, Princess Ruth Nsemere Komuntale and the late Princess Celia Komukyeya, who died in 1997 at the age of four.

Bagaya says that some sections of people in the kingdom, whom she didn’t reveal, are promoting Mpuuga, with an aim of contesting for the Kingship.

The speaker of the Kingdom Parliament John Byamukama and other members, however, told Bagaya not to raise the matter in the meeting, but Bagaya refused saying that she has the authority to speak on anything that threatens Tooro Kingdom.

In a telephone interview, Mpuuga denied contesting for the Tooro throne. He says that all he wants is to be reunited with his relatives.

Bagaya’s comments come at a time when members of the royal clan are mobilising resources to have Mpuuga sent back to school next year.

He also claims that Bagaya is aware that he is the son of Kaboyo, but she doesn’t want him to come ‘close’ to King Oyo.  
David Isagara, the secretary of the Babiito clan, declined to comment on Bagaya’s complaints, saying that Mpuuga was already recognized by the clan.

 

About the author

Emmanuel Kajubu
Emmanuel Kajubu is proud to have been the first Ugandan journalist to write in depth pieces about the Tooro Kingdom institution. His knowledge of the inner workings of the Tooro Kingdom is what made him privy to the splits in the royal family. These splits almost challenged Tooro Omukama Oyo Nyimba Iguru's reign.

Culture, agriculture and the environment are just two areas of many of interest to Kajubu. As long as he has held a pen, Kajubu has also written about public policy, health and crime.

Kajubu is keen on impacting his society not just as a writer but also a trainer and mentor. Bundibugyo and Ntoroko districts fall under his docket. Kajubu has been a URN staff member since 2008.