Tooro Rebel Prince David Kijanangoma Offered Palace, Then Arrested Top story

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In short
The 106 year old palace was constructed in 1909 by the then King of Tooro David Kasagama Kyebambe, Kijanangoma's great grandfather. The palace 2km away from the main palace at Karuzika was offered to Kijanangoma by his uncle Prince George William Kagoro.

Tooro Prince, David Kijanangoma was last evening arrested, just hours after he had been offered a palace to live in. The palace is located at Rwengoma, along the Fort Portal- Bundibugyo road.

Sources told Uganda Radio Network that police picked Prince Kijanagoma from the palace around 5pm and he is to be charged with trespass.

The 106 year old palace was constructed in 1909 by the then King of Tooro David Kasagama Kyebambe, Kijanangoma's great grandfather. The palace 2km away from the main palace at Karuzika was offered to Kijanangoma by his uncle Prince George William Kagoro.

Kijanangoma was ushered into the palace Monday afternoon amidst cheers from a section of members of the royal family.

Prince Kagoro aged 88 years, is the son of the late Keith Kagoro, the elder brother of Omukama Sir George Edward Rukidi. Kagoro, who also lives in the palace, said that the palace will be the permanent home of Kijanangoma and will remain open to people who want to visit the prince. 

Prince Kijanangoma, who accepted the offer, said that he is determined to bring change in the Tooro monarchy. Kijanangoma said that since the palace belonged to his grandfather, he is entitled to live in it.

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This latest move is likely to cause more tensions in the kingdom. King Oyo arrived in the kingdom on Saturday to a cold reception.

In a telephone interview, Charles Kamurasi, the head of the royal family said that he was surprised at the development. But was yet to issue a statement on the matter.

The Rwengoma palace is a historical palace in the Kingdom. The former Kings of Tooro, George Edward Kamurasi Rukidi and Patrick Olimi Kaboyo lived there before they were installed as Kings. Victoria Kahinju and Best Kemigisa, the wives of Kings David Kasagama Kyebambe and Patrick Kaboyo respectively were also taught the cultural values at the palace before they got married.

 

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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.