New Tooro Kingdom Premier Roots For a Self-Reliant Kingdom

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Tungwako says that he will ensure that investors set shop in the kingdom and exploit the vast resources and business opportunities that exist.

The newly appointed Tooro Kingdom premier, Bernard Tungwako has said he will work for a self-reliant kingdom. 

Tungwako was last month appointed prime minister replacing Steven Kaliba, whose contract expired in April. Tungwako aged 53 hails from Kitagwenda County, one of the counties of Tooro Kingdom.

Tungwako says that he will ensure that investors set shop in the kingdom and exploit the vast resources and business opportunities that exist.

While speaking in Fort Portal on Saturday, Tungwako said that the kingdom presents great opportunities but it has failed to exploit its vast resources like land and as a result growth of the kingdom has stagnated.

Since restoration of cultural institutions, Tooro Kingdom has heavily relied on financial support from the government.  The kingdom often requests for money from the government and individuals to organize kingdom events which include the King's birthday and coronation anniversary.

The government has also supported several projects among them, the Queen Mother Best Kemigisa Foundation and purchased vehicles for the King.   

He said that in a bid to end dependence from the government and other individuals for support, assets which include land will be leased out. Tungwako explained that if the vast acres of land are leased out to investors the funds will help develop the kingdom and supplement to the kingdom's revenue.

Tungwako's appointment was approved on Friday by the Kingdom Parliament, the orukurato and later sworn in at the Kingdom palace, in the presence of King Oyo.

Steven Kaliba, the former premier said that his predecessor should ensure that some of the plans outlined in the Kingdom's five year development plan are accomplished.

Some of the plans include, the establishment of the Tooro Royal University that was supposed to open its doors last year, renovation of the Kingdom headquarters at Mucwa in Fort Portal and royal tombs and return of Kingdom assets from the central government.