Tooro Subjects Held At Hotel Diplomate

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A group of youths from Tooro Kingdom who have been walking to Kampala are being held at Hotel Diplomate in Muyenga, Kampala. Vincent Mugume, the deputy Tooro information minister who is part of the group told Uganda Radio Network in a telephone interview that when the group reached Busega at 10:00pm on Tuesday, they were approached by three unknown men two of them dressed in civilian clothes and armed and a police officer.

A group of youths from Tooro Kingdom who have been walking to Kampala are being held at Hotel Diplomate in Muyenga, Kampala.
 
Vincent Mugume, the deputy Tooro information minister who is part of the group told Uganda Radio Network in a telephone interview that when the group reached Busega at 10:00pm on Tuesday, they were approached by three unknown men two of them dressed in civilian clothes and armed and a police officer.
 
On Saturday, the subjects under their umbrella group, Amacumu ne Bitara bya Rukirabasaija, literally meaning the King’s Spears and Swords, started a four-day-walk to Parliament from Fort Portal Town to present a petition to the Speaker of Parliament. The group numbering about 150, were due at Parliament at 11am today to submit their petition to Rebecca Kadaga, the Speaker of Parliament.
 
Vincent Mugume, the deputy Tooro information minister who is part of the group told Uganda Radio Network in a telephone interview that when the group reached Busega at 10:00pm on Tuesday, they were approached by three unknown men two of them dressed in civilian clothes and armed and a police officer. Mugume says that the three men told them that they had been offered free accommodation at Hotel Diplomate.  The unknown men then told the group to enter two taxis that had been parked at Busega.
 
According to Mugume, when they reached the hotel, the subjects were taken in a hall where they were locked up. Mugume said that he couldn’t divulge more details of the incident fearing that he was being monitored.
 
He also revealed that shortly after arriving at the hotel, they were addressed by Princess Elizabeth Bagaya, a paternal aunt to King Oyo and Presidential Advisor on Culture. Bagaya reportedly told the youth that they should select 10 people to meet the Speaker, instead of having the entire group going to Parliament. Bagaya has not yet commented on the story.
 
 During his 18th coronation anniversary held in Fort Portal in September last year, 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. President Yoweri Museveni, who was the chief guest promised to return the properties, but didn’t specify when.
 
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 Kyejonjo and Kyegegwa district respectively and in Bunyangabu County in Kabarole district.
 
Early this year, the Attorney General Peter Nyombi sent a copy of the agreement for the return of kingdom assets to King Oyo, but it was returned to the government because it didn’t include some of the kingdom assets in the districts of Kasese and Bundibugyo.

Some of the properties claimed by Tooro Kingdom
78 land titles
County and sub county headquarters
Butiiti Tea Estates
Oruha Tree Plantation
Forest Estates in Kyenjojo
Mineral Salts at Lake Katwe
Queen Elizabeth National Park
Katonga Game Reserve
Tooro-Semuliki Game Reserve
Stone and Sand quarry at Kazingo, Kabarole
Limestone at Dura in Kamwenge

 

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.