Elders to Implement Tooro Probe Report

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In short
In 2015, President Yoweri Museveni set up a mediation committee led by the Bishop of Ruwenzori Diocese, Reuben Kisembo following a leadership row between Omukama Oyo Nyimba Kabamba Iguru Rukidi IV and his cousin, Prince David Kijanangoma.

The Tooro Elders Forum has resolved to appoint a committee to ensure the recommendations from the mediation committee on the Kingdom conflicts are implemented.  This is among the many resolutions that were released by the organisers of last year's Tooro People's Conference.   



In 2015, President Yoweri Museveni set up a mediation committee led by the Bishop of Ruwenzori Diocese, Reuben Kisembo following a leadership row between Omukama Oyo Nyimba Kabamba Iguru Rukidi IV and his cousin, Prince David Kijanangoma. 
 

It all started after Kijanangoma attempted to enthrone himself as the King of Tooro, accusing Oyo of abdicating his duties and throne to stay in Kampala. The Committee probed the conflict and produced a report recommending that Oyo reinstates the Kingdom constitution and retires key officials.

 
They include Charles Kamurasi, the head of the royal clan, Harriet Nyakake, the Deputy Prime Minister, elder Rev. Richard Baguma, Chris Kaijabwango, the kingdom's security minister and Oyo's principal private secretary, Jonathan Baguma.


The officials were accused of abusing their offices and misadvising the Omukama. In the 24-page report, the Committee also recommended that Queen Mother Best Kemigisa stops interfering in the Kingdom administration and called for investigations into the illegal sale of kingdom land among others.


The report also recommended the renovation of the kingdom cultural sites like the burial grounds and palaces. It also recommended that King Oyo listens to the concerns of members of the royal family and permanently relocates to his Kingdom.

 
However, none of the recommendations has been implemented. Beatrice Kiraso, the former Deputy Secretary General of the East African Community and spokesperson of the Tooro People's Conference, said that the elders' forum will appoint a committee to make sure the recommendations are implemented.

 
She explains that they can't wait for the President, who has national issues to attend to. She explains that the committee will then report at this year's conference about the progress.  

 
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Bishop Kisembo, supports the elders. He explains that the President has remained silent on the report, which he received last year, adding that they have made several attempts to seek audience with the President in vain.
 

According to Kisembo, the elders should intervene if conflicts are to end in Tooro. However, Tooro Prime Minister Bernard Tungwako says there is no need to appoint a committee because some of the recommendations are being implemented.
 
 
Tungwako however declined to reveal what has so far been implemented. 
 
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Kingdom authorities have in the past argued that they are still studying the contents of the report. Tungwako, who was tasked to oversee the implementation of the recommendations, says that some of the kingdom officials implicated should be given a fair hearing. 



King Oyo, Queen Mother Best Kemigisa and other kingdom officials snubbed invitations to appear before the committee during the probe.   

 

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.