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During the meeting that lasted for close to six hours, Oyo reportedly assured the royal family that he was still in-charge of the Kingdom.

Oyo Nyimba Kabamba Iguru Rukidi IV, the King of Tooro has defended himself against allegations of abdicating his kingdom. On Monday, Oyo met his close relatives, uncles, aunties and cousins in his palace in Kampala to discuss the recent developments in Tooro Kingdom.
During the meeting that lasted for close to six hours, Oyo reportedly assured the royal family that he was still in-charge of the Kingdom.  A source that spoke to URN on condition of anonymity says there was an impasse before the meeting started when the royal family refused to meet Oyo in the presence of his mother Best Kemigisa.

It was later agreed that Kemigisa doesn't attend the meeting. The source said that members expected King Oyo to show concern about plans to oust him, but to the surprise of the members he seemed unbothered. The source says that when the relatives asked him why he has abdicated his kingdom to stay in Kampala, Oyo told them that whenever he is in Kampala, he is lobbying for investment opportunities for the Kingdom and bursaries for his subjects.
The source added that when one of the members of the royal family challenged King Oyo to name any projects in the Kingdom he has lobbied from investors, he threatened to storm out of the meeting. Oyo reportedly said that he will not bow to pressure from his subjects and members of the royal family to live in the kingdom. 
 The royal family also put Oyo to task to explain why there are no administrative structures in the kingdom and the continued interference of his mother in the kingdom administration. Oyo reportedly denied the allegations against his mother saying that, Kemigisa was only playing her role as mother. 
 The royal family told Oyo that they will go ahead to oust him, if the concerns raised by Prince David Kijanangoma are not addressed.  Recently, Prince David Kijanangoma threatened to oust Oyo for abdicating his throne. The King is expected to be in Fort Portal today, where he will hold a series of meetings.


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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.