Tooro Kingdom Gears Up For Coronation Event

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An arch made of reeds and bark cloth has been erected on Lugard Road, with some sections of the town decorated with yellow and blue banners, the Kingdom colours, in preparation for the event.

Fort Portal town is a beehive of activity as subjects gear up for the 22nd coronation anniversary of King Oyo Nyimba Kabamba Iguru Rukidi IV. The celebrations will take place on Saturday at the King's palace, Karuziika.

An arch made of reeds and bark cloth has been erected on Lugard Road, with some sections of the town decorated with yellow and blue banners, the Kingdom colours, in preparation for the event.

At the King's palace, workers are putting final touches on construction works on the gate, perimeter wall and the driveways. The ritual houses, Obuju bw'emirwa, at the palace, where King Oyo performs rituals have been renovated, the royal platform and the Omusanga, where the King sits during functions has been painted and the palace compound mowed.

On Friday afternoon at 3 p.m., King Oyo will sound the royal drum, Empango, which will kick off the celebrations with several rituals performed by the King at his palace.

Residents of Fort Portal town have also flocked the palace for the Tooro Tourism Exhibition organized by Uganda Tourism Board and Uganda Wildlife Authority-UWA. The exhibition has attracted more than 70 traders from Kenya, Tanzania, Kampala, Mbarara and the Tooro region.

Hilda Mungati, a trader from Tanzania says that she can't wait to witness the coronation event, which will display Tooro's culture.  Mungati who has visited Fort Portal for the first time says that taking part in the exhibition will also give her a chance of visiting some of the tourist attractions in Fort Portal and also learn about the Tooro culture.
 
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The Kingdom has also organized buses to ferry subjects from the districts of Kamwenge, Kyegegwa, Ntoroko and Kyenjojo to attend the event.

King Oyo took on the reigns of Tooro Kingdom after the death of his late father Patrick Olimi Kaboyo in 1995.  The King has dedicated this year's anniversary to the youths in 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.