Tooro Mourns Prince Mugenyi

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Born 1947 to Sir George Kamurasi Rukidi III and Omugo Kezia Byanjeru at Kabarole Hospital, in Fort Portal, Mugenyi studied at Budo Junior School and Buhinga Indian Junior School, before joining Nyakasura School in 1966-1969.

Tooro Kingdom is mourning the death of Prince Jimmy Desmond Mugenyi, an uncle to Omukama Oyo Nyimba Kabamba Iguru Rukidi IV.
 
Mugenyi succumbed to Hypertension on Wednesday afternoon at Rubaga Hospital in Kampala.
 
Isaaya Kalya, the maternal uncle and former regent Tooro Kingdom, describes the deceased as a peace loving person who ensured that unity prevailed in Tooro. He explains that Mugenyi was a mediator who never took sides whenever there were conflicts in the kingdom.
 
Andrew Kamara, who studied with Mugenyi at Nyakasura School, says that the deceased was a kind, hospitable and generous person. Kamara says that Mugenyi, despite being the son of the king, was down to earth and always interacted with other students.
 
Prince Saul Mpuuga, the elder brother of King Oyo, says the deceased was a kind and loving person. Mpuuga says that it was Mugenyi who introduced him to members of the royal clan, the Babiito, who had disputed his claim that he was the son of Omukama Patrick Olimi Kaboyo.
 
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According to Mpuuga, Mugenyi also encouraged him to return to school and has been paying his school fees at Nyakasura School, where he is studying in Senior Six.
 
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Mpuuga decided to go back to school 14 years after he had dropped out. He returned to school in 2011, after being recognised by members of the royal clan.
 
Mugenyi will be laid to rest next week on Thursday at his home at Maguru, Fort Portal Municipality. Some of the family members URN spoke to say the prince wanted to be buried next to his wife, instead of Karambi Royal Tombs where most princes and princesses in Tooro are buried. 

According to the programme released by the family, the burial has been delayed as they wait for his children who are in the United Kingdom and will arrive in the country on Tuesday. 
 
On Wednesday, a funeral service will be held at All Saints Cathedral, Nakasero. Another funeral service will be held on Thursday at St. John's Cathedral Fort Portal. The cathedral was constructed by Mugenyi's father Sir George Kamurasi Rukidi III. 
 
Born 1947 to Sir Rukidi III and Omugo Kezia Byanjeru at Kabarole Hospital, in Fort Portal, Mugenyi studied at Budo Junior School and Buhinga Indian Junior School, before joining Nyakasura School in 1966-1969.
 
In the late 1970s, Mugenyi went to exile in the United Kingdom, where he has been living until last year when he returned to the country. In 1993 when kingdoms in Uganda were restored, he briefly returned home.
 
In 1994, he married Priscillar Mugenyi, who later passed away in 2004. In 1995, Mugenyi was appointed guardian to King Oyo Nyimba Kabamba Iguru Rukidi IV, who was then three years old when he ascended the throne.
 
Mugenyi is survived by four children, three boys and one girl.

 

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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.