Tooro Conference Called Off

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ast week, Twerwaneho Listeners Club-TLC, a local human rights organization rallied the Tooro community to shun the conference.

The much anticipated Tooro Conference has been called off until further notice. The conference, the first of its kind organized by the 190-year-old cultural institution, was scheduled to take place between 15th and 16th September.
The conference was meant to bring together various stakeholders of the kingdom to discuss key issues and priorities of the people of Tooro and promote unity. However on Saturday, Beatrice Kiraso, the spokesperson of the conference announced that the conference will now take place in three months' time.
Kiraso explained that there is need for adequate time to mobilize resources and people for the conference so that it is properly embraced. According to Kiraso, the exact month and date of the conference will be announced in two weeks' time. 
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The decision to call off the conference was agreed during a closed door meeting attended by Members of Parliament from the Tooro region, religious leaders, members of the Tooro Elders Forum and Kingdom officials at the district headquarters in Kitumba. 

The postponement of the conference comes at a time when there have been dissenting voices against the conference. Last week, Twerwaneho Listeners Club-TLC, a local human rights organization rallied the Tooro community to shun the conference. 

They argued that the kingdom should not rush to organize the conference without first implementing recommendations of the mediation committee set up to resolve the leadership dispute in the kingdom. 

The mediation committee was set up in July last year on the advice of President Yoweri Museveni, in an attempt to resolve the power row between Oyo and his cousin, Prince David Kijanangoma, who attempted to take over the throne and get crowned as king. 

In their report, the religious leaders recommended that King Oyo Nyimba Kabamba Iguru Rukidi IV should reinstate the Kingdom constitution and also retire Charles Kamurasi, the head of the royal clan, Harriet Nyakake, the deputy prime minister, Rev. Richard Baguma, Chris Kaijabwango, the kingdom's security minister and Jonathan Baguma, Oyo's principal private secretary.   

The officials are accused of abusing their offices and discrediting the King and 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.