Tooro Kingdom Moves to Sue Government Over Assets

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Tooro Kingdom is demanding 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 before starting their own cultural institutions.

The Kingdom of Tooro has resolved to sue the central government over failure to return the kingdom's property.

Since 2013, the kingdom has been demanding for the return of its assets that reverted to the government after the abolition of monarchies in 1967. However, the government has remained adamant on the demands.

Bernard Tungwako, the kingdom Prime Minister told members of the Kingdom Parliament, the Orukurato on Thursday that the kingdom has availed the government with all the documents concerning relating to the assets under its control, but has received no response to this effect.

Tungwako's comments came after King Oyo Nyimba Kabamba Iguru Rukidi IV directed him to brief the members about the progress on negotiations with the government.

In his response, Tungwako said that attempts to seek an audience with the government team which consists of officials from State House and the office of the Attorney General have proved futile. He said that the only option is to drag the government to court.
 
 
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The decision to drag the government to court was unanimously approved by the more than 70 members of the kingdom parliament.  Tungwako said that next week, the kingdom will serve the attorney general with an intention to sue.

 Tooro is demanding 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 before starting their own cultural institutions.

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

 

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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.