Tooro Kingdom Starts Compiling List of Assets

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The list, a copy of which Uganda Radio Network has accessed, shows that the Kingdom is demanding for more than 150 assets including land and buildings from the government.

Following the request to government to return the kingdom properties, Tooro has started compiling a list of assets it’s demanding from the government.

During the 18th coronation anniversary at the Karuzika in Fort Portal on Saturday, Omukama Oyo Nyimba Kabamba Iguru Rukidi IV, his Prime Minister Dr Stephen Kaliba and several other Kingdom officials all spoke of the need for government to return the assets commonly referred to as Ebyaitu.

The speakers used the analogy of twins, referring Tooro as Nyakato and Buganda Kingdom as Nyangoma, two names given to female twins. They argued that children are treated equally noting that since Nyangoma has already received what belongs to her, it’s time for Nyakato to also celebrate.

The list, a copy of which Uganda Radio Network has accessed, shows that the Kingdom is demanding for more than 150 assets including land and buildings from the government. The assets are located in Kabarole, Kamwenge, Kyenjojo and Kyegegwa districts. The Kingdom also has assets in Kasese and Bundibugyo, which were formerly under Tooro Kingdom.

Some of the assets include large chunks of land that are currently being occupied by squatters especially in the counties of Mwenge, Kyaka in Kyenjojo and Kyegegwa district respectively and in Bunyangabu County in Kabarole district.

In an interview with Uganda Radio Network, Steven Kaliba, the Tooro Kingdom Premier, says some of the buildings are currently being occupied by government institutions like town councils, schools and health facilities. Kaliba says that since the facilities are important, they will not be evicted but want the government to compensate the kingdom.

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Kaliba says King Oyo is yet to form a team that will negotiate with the government for the return of the assets.

He also said Tooro cabinet and parliament will meet and agree whether the kingdom should also ask government to give Tooro royalties from Kilembe Mines, Queen Elizabeth National Park and Katwe Salt Lake in Kasese district.

At his 46th coronation anniversary two months ago, the Rwenzururu King Charles Wesley Mumbere asked the government to divert all the royalties that have been going to the central government and Tooro kingdom to his kingdom. Mumbere said that since Rwenzururu institution has been recognized, all royalties must revert to it. Some of the resources he mentioned include Katwe salt lake, Kilembe Mines, Hima cement factory and the Queen Elizabeth national park.

David Isagara, the Tooro Kingdom estates manager says he hopes the list will be given to the kingdom premier next week, who will then hand it over to King Oyo.

 

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.