King Oyo Summons Cabinet

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King Oyo Nyimba Kabamba Iguru Rukidi IV has summoned his cabinet for an extra-ordinary meeting as the demand for Tooro assets creates a rift between the kingdom and the central government.

The King of Tooro Oyo Nyimba Kabamba Iguru Rukidi IV has summoned his cabinet for an extra-ordinary meeting.
In a letter dated June 23, 2014 and signed by King Oyo, the meeting will take place on Thursday at his Karuziika palace in Fort Portal. According to the letter, the agenda of the meeting hasn’t been included but King Oyo states that the matters to be discussed are urgent.
It’s unusual for the King to summon cabinet ministers. It’s the Kingdom Prime minister or the secretary to the cabinet who often summon the ministers. 
In a telephone interview, Dr Steven Kaliba, the Tooro Kingdom Premier, confirmed the meeting will take place, but declined to divulge more details.
However, a kingdom source close to King Oyo, who preferred anonymity, said that the meeting will discuss events that have unfolded in the kingdom in the past weeks. According to the source, the King is concerned with how last week youth protests were handled, which put the Kingdom and the government at logger heads. The source adds that the King will also brief the ministers on the progress concerning the return of the Kingdom assets currently held by the central government.
Last week, Fort Portal town was a scene of chaos as youths protested President Museveni’s reference to King Oyo as a boy. Ten people were arrested as anti-riot police broke up a demonstration.
Recently, King Oyo complained about what he called the division of his kingdom to create smaller parallel institutions. His complaint and threat to go on a hunger strike followed the installation of Major Martin Kamya as a cultural leader for the Bamba-Babwisi community.
Last month, more than 300 youths walked from Fort Portal to Kampala to present their petition for the return of kingdom assets, to the Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga.  
On Saturday while addressing Kingdom subjects at his palace, King Oyo said that his subjects shouldn’t give up on their demands for the return of the assets, although it should be done in a calm and non-violent manner.


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.