Tooro Kingdom Fails to Implement Development Plan

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In short
In 2012, the Kingdom launched the five-year plan to boost development in the kingdom.Some of the projects in the plan were establishment of Tooro Royal University, rehabilitation of the old palaces and renovation of the royal tombs among others.

Tooro Kingdom has yet to implement its development plan, five years after it was drafted.

In 2012, the Kingdom launched the five-year plan to boost development in the kingdom.
Some of the projects in the plan were establishment of Tooro Royal University, rehabilitation of the old palaces and renovation of the royal tombs among others.

Other projects were construction of a community museum to preserve the Tooro culture and improving food security among others.

However, five years later the institution has failed to implement the plan due to lack of funds.

Bernard Tungakwo, the Tooro Prime Minister, says the kingdom has not registered any progress in implementing the plan. He explains that they had planned to raise funds through leasing out land, but they are yet to identify investors.

Tungakwo says that failure to implement the plan has affected development of the institution since they lack any source of income. He adds that the delay by the government to return the kingdom's assets has also affected implementation of the plan. 

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On the establishment of the University, which was supposed to be operational by 2014, Steven Kaliba, the former Prime Minister who had proposed the idea, says that he hoped his successor would pursue it. According to Kaliba, the idea was welcomed by King Oyo but he is surprised there has not been any progress.

But Charles Kuribanza, the Kingdom Finance Minister says that more than 500 million shillings is needed for the university to start operations. He explains that the funds will be used to renovate the Kingdom headquarters at Mucwa, where the university is supposed to be housed, recruit lecturers and construct hostels.

Last year, during the 21st coronation anniversary, Omukama Oyo Nyimba Kabamba Iguru Rukidi IV directed the head of the royal clan, Omusuga Charles Kamurasi to ensure that the royal tombs located at Karambi are renovated.

However, Peter Sande Rusoke, the Kingdom Culture Minister says that there are no funds for renovation. He explains that they have tried to organise fundraising events in vain.

Patrick Mujungu, a member of the kingdom parliament--Orukurato--says that the kingdom should tax administrative units as one of the ways to get revenue.

 

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.