Delegates Disappointed As King Oyo Shuns Tooro Conference

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Patrick Rubongoya, the spokesperson of the Tooro Conference accused some individuals of misleading the King. He said that if the King doesnt change, his subjects may be forced to organize parallel activities from those of the kingdom.

There was disappointment at the closure of the Tooro People's Conference on Friday evening when King Oyo Nyimba Kabamba Iguru Rukiidi IV failed to show up.  




According to Tooro Elders Forum, the organizers of the conference, King Oyo was supposed to make the closing remarks at end of the two day conference, the first of its kind in 50 years.




After Adolf Mwesige, the Defense and Veteran Affairs Minister had closed the conference at 7:30 pm, Fr. Pascal Kabura, a member of the Elders Forum told the delegates that he had received a telephone call from Bernard Tungwako, the Kingdom Prime Minister, indicating that Oyo was on his way to the conference and that the delegates should wait for him.  


Fr. Kabura's announcement was received with applause from the more than 200 delegates. Organisers arranged the podium in preparation to receive the King. Members of the Elders Forum also hastily held a meeting that lasted for about 5 minutes preparing for the King's arrival.
 


At 8:30 pm, Fr. Kabura took to the microphone and told the delegates to be patient since the King was at Maguru, which is a kilometer from St Mary's National Seminary Kinyamasika, the venue of the conference. 


The arrival of Tungwako gave the delegates hope that Oyo was the next to arrive. The waiting continued. At 9:00pm, some of the delegates started moving out of the conference hall. Pleas from Fr. Kabura that they remain seated and wait for the King fell on deaf ears as more delegates strolled out of the hall.



At 9:30pm, Mwesige and Tom Butime, the Minister of Local Government moved out of the hall disappointed. They were followed by Professor Edward Rugumayo, the Chairperson of the Elders Forum, Members of Parliament and Oyo's paternal auntie, Princess Elizabeth Bagaya. 


Patrick Rubongoya, the spokesperson of the Tooro Conference accused some individuals of misleading the King. He said that if the King doesn't change, his subjects may be forced to organize parallel activities from those of the kingdom.


"The King is being misled to think that his subjects are his enemies. He risks losing the trust of his subjects," Rubongoya said.  Tungwako said that he is disappointed that the King failed to attend the conference. He explains that he met Oyo at his palace who assured him that he will attend the closure of the conference. 


"The King assured me that he was coming, but i am surprised that he didn't come. I don't know what happened," said Tungwako. 


The King's actions are in contrast to what he said last week when he rallied his subjects to attend the conference while meeting members of the Elders Forum at his palace and confirmed his participation.  Tooro Kingdom had not yet issued a statement on the King's failure to show up by the time of filing this story. 

 

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.