Tooro Conference: Delegates Fault Kingdom for Shelving Probe Report

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Bishop Kisembo says that it is unfortunate that the report has been shelved by kingdom officials. He explains that the report raised important issues that need to be addressed to resolve the conflicts in the Kingdom.

Tooro Kingdom has come under fire from delegates from attending the Tooro People's Conference for alleged failure to implement recommendations from mediation committee about the conflicts in the institution. 


 
In July last year, President Yoweri Museveni in consultations with the elders set up a mediation committee led by Bishop Reuben Kisembo of Ruwenzori Diocese following a power row between Omukama Oyo Nyimba Kabamba Iguru Rukidi IV and his cousin, Prince David Kijanangoma. 
 
 
It came after Kijanangoma attempted to enthrone himself as the king of Tooro Kingdom accusing Oyo of abdicating his duties and abandoning the throne to stay in Kampala. 



The Committee carried out a problem and issued a report recommending that Oyo reinstates the Kingdom constitution and retires Charles Kamurasi, the head of the royal clan, Harriet Nyakake, the Deputy Prime Minister, elder Rev. Richard Baguma, Chris Kaijabwango, the kingdom's security minister and Oyo's principal private secretary, Jonathan Baguma.
 
 
The officials were accused of abusing their offices and giving wrong advice to the Omukama. In 24 page report, the Committee also recommended that Queen Mother Best Kemigisa stops interfering in the Kingdom administration and called for investigations into the illegal sale of kingdom land among others.



 
The report also recommended the renovation of the kingdom cultural sites like the burial grounds and palaces. It also recommended that King Oyo listens to the concerns of members of the royal family and permanently relocates to his Kingdom.
 
 
However, none of this was done. This morning, delegates attending the Tooro People's Conference at St Paul's National Major Seminary, inquired why the recommendations have never been implemented.



Beatrice Kiraso, the Deputy Secretary General of the East African Community and spokesperson of the Tooro People's Conference, accused the kingdom officials of undermining the authority of religious leaders and the President who instituted the probe. 

According to Kiraso, failure to follow the advice of the religious leaders will erode the people's confidence and trust in the kingdom.  She adds that the Tooro Elders Forum will be forced to intervene and ensure the recommendations are implemented. 

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Bishop Kisembo says that it is unfortunate that the report has been shelved by kingdom officials. He explains that the report raised important issues that need to be addressed to resolve the conflicts in the Kingdom.


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Kingdom authorities have in the past argued that they are still studying the contents of the report.  Bernard Tungwako, the Kingdom Prime Minister, who was tasked to oversee the implementation of the recommendations, says that some of the kingdom officials implicated should be given a fair hearing.

However, some of the officials snubbed invitations from the committee despite several pleas from the members.  

 

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.