Babiito Clan Members: Museveni Wrong to Interfere in Tooro Affairs

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The Babiito clan members say it was wrong for the President to intervene in internal affairs of their clan. During the Babiito convention held on Saturday in Fort Portal, the clan members also accused Musunga Charles Kamurasi, the head of the clan of incompetence.

Members of the Babiito clan in Tooro kingdom have blamed the kingdom authorities for running to President Yoweri Museveni to mediate the internal conflicts in the monarch. 

In July last year, President Museveni met members of the royal family, kingdom officials and religious leaders in Fort Portal to arbitrate in the power struggles in the royal family.
 
It came after after a section of Babiito clan members denounced King Oyo Nyimba Kabamba Iguru Rukiidi IV and switched their allegiance to Prince David Kijanangoma. During the meeting, President Museveni directed the appointment of a committee of religious leaders to investigate the cause of the conflicts. 


Last year, the committee led by Reuben Kisembo, the Bishop Rwenzori Diocese, released a report and presented their findings to the President.

The Babiito clan members say it was wrong for the President to intervene in internal affairs of their clan. During the Babiito convention held on Saturday in Fort Portal, the clan members also accused Musunga Charles Kamurasi, the head of the clan of incompetence. 


Fred Kaliba, the chairperson of the clan says Kamurasi should have convened a meeting to resolve the conflicts, instead of running to the President for help. Kailba says Museveni's intervention has escalated the conflicts instead of solving the problem. He cities the disunity among members of the royal family. 

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Dan Rubombora, a member of the clan, says since the conflicts were cultural, they should have been left to the kingdom to solve. He explains that the President's intervention portrayed the kingdom as a weak institution.  

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During the meeting, more than 50 clan members elected Kaliba as the new Musunga. His name will be forwarded to King Oyo for approval. The members unanimously agreed that Kamurasi has failed to perform his roles, which has fueled disunity in the clan.

However, the appointment of Kaliba is likely to divide the clan, since Kamurasi has also called a parallel meeting on Monday at the King's palace in Fort Portal.
 
The objective of the meeting is not known.  In a telephone interview, Kamurasi said that he is still the recognized head of the clan and can only be dismissed by King Oyo. Kamurasi has been head of the Babiito clan since the reign of the late King of Tooro, Patrick Olimi Kaboyo.

 

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.