Tooro, Bunyoro Kingdoms Mourn Mayanja Nkangi

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The kingdoms of Tooro and Bunyoro have sent messages of sympathy over the death of former minister Jehoash Mayanja Nkangi who also served as Katikkiro of Buganda.

The kingdoms of Tooro and Bunyoro have sent messages of sympathy over the death of former minister Jehoash Mayanja Nkangi who also served as Katikkiro of Buganda.
During the special sitting of the Buganda Lukiiko today to eulogise Nkangi, the two cultural institutions sent representatives who delivered messages praising the late Nkangi as a cultural pillar for Buganda.
The Lukiiko chaired by Speaker Nelson Kawalya today convened and eulogised Nkangi, who died on Monday aged 85, for his selfless service and dedication to the Kingdom. In the same sitting, Nkangi was declared a hero in Buganda.
In the Lukiiko sitting, Tooro Kingdom Prime Minister, the Omuhikirwa, Bernard Tungwako Ateenyi carried a condolence message from Omukama Oyo Nyimba Kabamba Iguru Rukidi IV addressed to Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II.
Tungwako handed the special message to Katikkiro Charles Peter Mayiga for delivery to Kabaka. However, while addressing the Lukiiko, Tungwako praised the late Nkangi for living his life with humility saying that in Nkangi, kingdoms had lost a cultural pillar, a wise man and a historian.
Omuhikirwa Tungwako also talked about the friendship between Tooro and Buganda.
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In what appears to be a departure from the past differences, Bunyoro Kingdom foreign affairs minister, Phillip Katahoire, delivered a special message from Omukama Solomon Gafabusa Iguru.
Katahoire said that the Omukama directed him to thank Buganda Kingdom for the good relationship and the help extended to his kingdom while demanding its properties, Ebyeitu, from the central government.
Katahoire  noted how Nkangi has been a personal friend and a cultural pillar.
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Mayanja Nkangi died on Monday at Nakasero Hospital where he had been admitted. He served as Katikkiro of Buganda from 1964 to 1966 when the Obote I government attacked Mengo palace and exiled Kabaka Edward Mutesa II.
Nkangi also fled to exile in England and continued to perform his duties of Katikkiro albeit in abeyance, even after Mutesa's death.
When Mutesa died in November 1969, Nkangi together with the then Crown Prince, now Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II, performed the succession rituals which are expected of a crown prince within the norms of Buganda Kingdom.
He later returned in 1971 upon the fall of the Obote regime and participated in the return of Mutesa's remains in March of that year. He again finalised the rituals that were supposed to be performed by the Crown Prince Mutebi.
Nkangi took part in the enthronement of Kabaka Mutebi II at Nagalabi- Buddo in 1993 when kingdoms were restored.
History of Rivalry
While Tooro and Buganda have had friendly relations dating back to the 1860s, the relationship between Buganda and Bunyoro was one of rivalry with each of the two kingdoms wanting to dominate the other. It was this rivalry that the British exploited in the 1890s to wage a war against Omukama Cwa II Kabalega of Bunyoro in the early 1890s.
Kabalega resisted the British until 1899 when he was captured in Dokolo, Lango and exiled in the Seychelles Islands until 1923 when he died. Ironically, Basamula Ekere Mwanga who had been deposed as Kabaka of Buganda was captured and exiled with Kabalega.

For her support to the British against Bunyoro, Buganda Kingdom was in 1893 rewarded with two counties of Buyaga and Bugangaizi that were curved off Bunyoro as a punishment for resisting British rule.
It was the referendum in November 1964, on the status of these two counties that partly led to the 1966 attack on Mengo palace and exiling of both Kabaka Mutesa and Katikkiro Mayanja Nkangi.


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Olive Nakatudde
Olive Nakatudde is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Nakatudde has been a URN staff member since 2013.

Nakatudde started out in journalism in 2009 with Dembe FM radio in Kampala. In 2012, Nakatudde joined Voice of Africa as a political reporter. She has been a photographer since her journalism school days at Makerere University.

Nakatudde is interested in good governance and public policy, which she reports on intensively from the Uganda Parliament. She is a keen follower of cultural affairs in Buganda Kingdom and covers the kingdom's Lukiiko (parliament). Nakatudde also reports on education and health.