Tooro Kingdom Headquarters to be Turned Into Hotel

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According to the Tugwako, the hotel will have facilities which include 40 rooms, recreation centre, swimming pool, a royal cottage for the King, restaurants and a conference hall.

The Tooro Kingdom headquarters are to be turned into a hotel.

Addressing members of the Kingdom Parliament on Saturday, Bernard Tugwako, the kingdom premier said that the kingdom cabinet decided to turn the headquarters into a multi-billion hotel, which will fetch revenue for the institution.

According to the Tugwako, the hotel, Mucwa Royal Hotel, will have facilities which include 40 rooms, recreation centre, swimming pool, a royal cottage for the King, restaurants and a conference hall.

However some members who included Princess Elizabeth Bagaya, opposed the construction of the hotel. She says that the Kingdom has vast pieces of land where to construct the hotel. It will kill the symbolism of the building.

Giving an example of Buckingham Palace in England and the Ivory Tower in France, Bagaya said that the headquarters are historical in the kingdom and turning it into a hotel will kill the symbolism of the building and will be an insult to the late sir George Rukidi, who spearheaded the construction. 

"I don't oppose the hotel, but it is not right to turn this historical building into a hotel. This building is symbolic in Tooro and should be preserved," said Bagaya.

However Bagaya was booed by members of the parliament in the presence of King Oyo.

Charles Kamurasi, the head of the Tooro royal family and a brother to Bagaya, said that the hotel will be an important asset which will generate revenue for the Kingdom. Kamurasi explained that it is embarrassing for the kingdom to rely on donations from government and individuals to run its activities.

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Tugwako told the members of the council, that the chambers of the headquarters will be left intact but will be renovated.
Saulo Mugasa, the kingdom speaker was forced to put the matter to vote after members proposed that they should be given time to consult. 58 of the members voted in favor, while Bagaya and Prince Patrick Muganzi voted against. 

According to James Kaija, the Kingdom Minister In-charge Projects and Initiatives, construction of the hotel will begin in September at a cost of 2 Billion Shillings. Kaija adds that the kingdom estimates to generate 1.2 Billion Shillings a year from the hotel

Constructed in the 1960s, the kingdom headquarters are located at Mucwa and they are the official administrative seat of the Tooro government. It currently houses the kingdom parliament chambers and offices of the cabinet ministers.
However for more than fifty years, the building has never been given a facelift. The building is in a very poor state. There are big cracks on the walls, the ceilings are rotten and when it rains, the building leaks.

In 2014, a section of the headquarters was rented out to Uganda Pentecostal University.


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.