Subjects To King Oyo: Push Harder for Return of Kingdom Properties


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However, as Oyo celebrates 20 years of his reign some of his subjects want him to push harder for the return of the kingdom assets from government, which they believe will expedite development in the 185 year-old monarchy.

Loyalists of Tooro Kingdom want their King Oyo Nyimba Kabamba Iguru Rukidi IV to pursue harder the return of kingdom properties as he celebrates his 20 years on the throne. King Oyo was crowned in 1995 at the age of three and half years. He succeeded his father, the late Patrick Olimi Kaboyo to become the 12th King. 

This weekend, Oyo will be celebrating his 20-year reign. As Oyo celebrates his 20th Coronation anniversary, some of his subjects want him to push harder for the return of the kingdom assets from government, which they believe will expedite development in the 185 year-old monarchy. 
Ronald Ategeka, a resident of Fort Portal says the Kingdom is missing out on development projects. He explains that kingdom can sell off or lease some of its assets to investors to generate funds for key project so as to end dependence on central government and other individuals.

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Francis Rabwoni says that the King should take Buganda Kingdom's direction of constant dialogue to push government for the return of her properties. 
Rabwoni explains that the Kingdom presents great opportunities but it has failed to exploit its vast resources, which has stagnated development.

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Faith Baguma, another resident says the kingdom cabinet hasn't done much to push the return of its assets.  She also faults government for unequal treatment in the return of kingdom assets.

 He says while Buganda and Bunyoro Kingdom have received most of their assets, Tooro is kept waiting for long. In 2013, during the coronation anniversary that was attended by President Museveni, King Oyo rallied his subjects to ask government to return the Kingdom's property.

Some of the key property Tooro Kingdom is demanding from government are County headquarters that are currently being occupied by Kamwenge, Kyegegwa, Kyenjojo and Kabarole district local governments.

The assets were forcefully taken from Kingdoms by the central government in 1966, when the then President Milton Obote abolished traditional institutions and made Uganda a Republic.  Several activities have been lined up to mark this year's coronation which will take place on Saturday at the King's palace in Fort Portal.  

They include King Oyo's tour of all the counties of the Kingdom, a trade and tourism exhibition at the palace, musical concerts, inter- clan football tournament and a surgical camp at Fort Portal regional referral Hospital.

Last year's coronation celebrations were called off by King Oyo following threats to his reign. This was after Tooro Kingdom protested the crowning of the Bamba Cultural leader, Omudingiya Martin Kamya, a move that the kingdom authorities said was dividing the kingdom to weaken its power and supremacy. 

In March, King Oyo's cousin Prince David Kijanangoma attempted to oust him on grounds of abdicating his throne and failing to stop his mother Best Kemigisa from interfering in the administration of the kingdom.


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.