King Oyo's Elder Brother Returns To School

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Prince Saul Livingstone Mpuuga, the elder brother of Tooro King Oyo Nyimba Kabamba Iguru, has returned to school. Members of the royal clan mobilized resources to have Mpuuga sent back to school and he has now enrolled at Nyakasura School in Senior Two.

Prince Saul Livingstone Mpuuga, the elder brother of Tooro King Oyo Nyimba Kabamba Iguru, has returned to school.

Mpuuga came to the limelight last year when he revealed that he was the eldest son of the late Omukama of Tooro, Patrick Olimi Kaboyo II. He said that his late mother Joyce Rubuga met Kaboyo at the King’s palace where she worked in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

Early this year, the 32 year old Mpuuga was accepted into the royal family at a small ceremony that took place at Professor Edward Rugumayo’s home in Fort Portal. Rugumayo, a former minister, is a member of the Babiito clan.

Members of the royal clan mobilized the resources to have Mpuuga sent back to school and has now enrolled at Nyakasura School in Senior Two.

In an interview with Uganda Radio Network at Nyakasura School, Mpuuga said that he is happy to go back to school. He says that he dropped out of school at Mpanga Secondary School fourteen years ago because of lack of school fees.

Dressed in a light-brown khaki kilt, red sweater and short-sleeved white shirt, Mpuuga said that members of the royal clan asked him to choose a school of his choice and he picked Nyakasura.
He says that he picked Nyakasura School because it’s where his father, Patrick Olimi Kaboyo studied.

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Mpuuga, who says that he wants to be a social worker in future, also spoke about the wedding of his sister, Princess Ruth Komuntale to Christopher Thomas that took place two days ago.

Mpuuga says that he was happy to see his sister getting married, but said that he wasn’t involved in the wedding preparations. Mpuuga claims that he was supposed to be a member of the organizing committee, but his name was scrapped off the list for unknown reasons.

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Isaac Rabwoni, the secretary of the royal clan, says that the Babiito will pay for Mpuuga’s school fees until he completes Senior Six.

Asked about some people in the Kingdom who claim Mpuuga isn’t Kaboyo’s son, Rabwoni said that there is proof that he is Kaboyo’s eldest son.

In August, Princess Elizabeth Bagaya, the daughter of the former King of Tooro, Sir George Rukidi III and elder sister to Kaboyo, said that Mpuuga is not Kaboyo’s son. Bagaya accused Mpuuga of having plans of contesting for the Kingship, adding that he has been introducing himself at public functions as the brother of King Oyo.

Bagaya 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.

 

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.