Tooro Kingdom Elders Endorse King Oyo Dethronement Top story

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In short
In the letter, the elders who include ex- members and current members of the Tooro Kingdom parliament, the Orukurato, the kingdom's clan council and former Kingdom Ministers, unanimously agreed with members of the royal family to oust Oyo from the throne. Notable among the elders are former kingdom regents Isaya Kalya and Zaverio Byabagambi.

Elders in Tooro Kingdom have endorsed the planned dethronement of the Omukama Oyo Nyimba Kabamba Iguru Rukidi IV

Their endorsement is embedded in a letter signed by more than 80 elders, addressed to President Yoweri Museveni. Dan Rubombora, one of the elders says that since President Museveni is the guardian to King Oyo, he should be informed about the opinion of the elders. Museveni also holds the highest honor in Tooro, Omujwara Kondo or Defender of the Kingdom.

In the letter, the elders who include ex- members and current members of the Tooro Kingdom parliament, the Orukurato, the kingdom's clan council and former Kingdom Ministers, unanimously agreed with members of the royal family to oust Oyo from the throne. Notable among the elders are former kingdom regents Isaya Kalya and Zaverio Byabagambi.

A copy of the letter seen by Uganda Radio Network indicates that "the concerns raised by members of the royal family are genuine and dethroning King Oyo will be the solution to the revival of the Kingdom's fading glory as Dan Rubombora explains.

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Last week, members of the royal family started a move to push for a vote of no confidence in King Oyo Nyimba Kabamba Iguru Rukidi IV for allegedly abdicating his kingdom duties.
 
Speaking on behalf of the royal family, Prince David Kijanangoma, Oyo's cousin accused the king of disrespecting cultural norms and failure to prevail over the Queen Mother Best Kemigisa to stop interfering in Kingdom matters. Kijanangoma was later quizzed by police on allegations of inciting violence and holding illegal meetings.

However, the Kingdom clan council will meet next week to discuss the concerns raised by members of the royal family and forward them to the Kingdom parliament for debate. 

 

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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.