Tooro Kingdom Subjects Demand End To Conflicts

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In short
This year, in unprecedented move, King Oyo sued some of his subjects for threatening violence against him and his Kingdom.

The subjects of Tooro Kingdom in Fort portal district are demanding for an end to the conflicts and better management of the Kingdom’s affairs. They argue that it is unfortunate that as the year comes to an end there is nothing tangible the Kingdom has done, which they attribute to conflicts. For the past two years, Tooro Kingdom has been engaged in internal conflicts. Last year, members of the Clan Council dragged King Oyo Nyimba Kabamba Iguru to court for mismanaging the kingdom affairs.

This year, in unprecedented move, King Oyo sued some of his subjects for threatening violence against him and his Kingdom. Jackson Kasaija, a resident of Fort Portal town says that the conflicts have overshadowed the economic potentials of the Kingdom. He says that the monarch has failed to exploit its vast resources like land. Kasaija says that if the land is leased out to investors, the funds will help develop the kingdom. He argues that if such resources are put to use, the Kingdom wouldn’t rely on the handouts from the central government and individuals.

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Richard Magezi, an elder in the Kingdom says that if the conflicts are to end, King Oyo should be left to do his work. Baguma says that the conflicts are caused by individuals who want to usurp his powers.
Magezi says that when King Oyo assumed full authority over his kingdom two years ago, his subjects were optimistic that he would make his own decisions, but its unfortunate he is influenced by individuals with vested interests.  According to Magezi, they have on several occasions tried to meet the King and talk to him about the challenges, but they haven’t been successful. He states that they will continue challenging the King when they see the Kingdom is being mismanaged.  

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Farida Kyomuhendo, a resident of Fort Portal, says that the religious leaders and Kingdom elders should not look on as the Kingdom gets embroiled in conflicts. Kyomuhendo says that the leaders’ voices should heard by condemning the mismanagement of the Kingdom.  But Professor Edward Rugumayo, the Chairperson of the Tooro Elders Forum, says that they have tried to intervene, but in vain.


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.