Who is Tooro Rebel Prince David Kijanangoma? Top story

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Little is publicly known about Kijanangoma, but close relatives describe him as a calm person. In the early 1990s, he went to the United States to study and work. While in USA, he also served as publicity secretary for the Ugandan North American Association (UNAA).

Prince David Kijanangoma has shot to limelight for being critical of King Oyo Nyimba Kabamba Iguru Rukidi IV's reign. Kijanangoma accuses Oyo of abandoning his kingdom to live in Kampala, failing to prevail over his mother, Best Kemigisa from interfering in Kingdom administration among others.
 
Kijanangoma aged 47, is the son of the late Paul Kijanangoma, who was the son to George Edward Rukidi. He is also the younger brother of Happy Kijanangoma who was in 1995 shot dead in Fort Portal town.
 
Kijanangoma's utterances have earned him praises for speaking boldly about the rot in the kingdom.
 
Little is publicly known about Kijanangoma, but close relatives describe him as a calm person. In the early 1990s, he went to the United States to study and work. While in USA, he also served as publicity secretary for the Ugandan North American Association (UNAA).
 
In 2007, he was deported back to Uganda due to his overstay in the USA. Kijanangoma then started working as a taxi driver, plying the Fort Portal- Kasese road to earn a daily income.
 
In 2012, Kijanangoma started getting actively involved in the affairs of the kingdom. In 2013, Kijanangoma was behind the organization of a get together party of great grandchildren of the late Kings of Tooro. King Oyo was supposed to grace the event, but he didn't. It angered the prince and other members of the royal family.
 
At the function, Kijanangoma spoke passionately about the need for King Oyo to meet and interact with his relatives.
 
However his actions in the past weeks are raising concerns especially from senior members of the royal family and a section of Batooro. The latest was on Monday, when he was offered one of the oldest palaces in the kingdom to live in.
 
The palace located in Rwengoma is of historical importance in Tooro. Every king, before being crowned, had to first perform rituals at the palace, then walk 2km to the main palace at Karuzika in Fort Portal town.
 
Kijanangoma has also appointed an organizing committee consisting of 21 members. He has however refused to divulge details why the committee is in place.
 
Charles Kamurasi, the head of the royal family and an uncle to Kijanangoma says he is suspicious of his motives. Kamurasi says that they have information that Kijanangoma is hatching plans to overthrow King Oyo.
 
When asked about his motives, Prince Kijanangoma admitted he wants to be king to unite the Batooro and rebuild kingdom structures that have been mismanaged.
 
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Kijanangoma also says that he isn't ready to give up the fight for the throne. He explains that in the past, he has tried to seek audience with Oyo, but he has been denied audience.
 
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However Kamurasi says Kijanangoma isn't entitled to the throne. Kamurasi explains that there are two people in line of succession to the throne.They are Jimmy Mugenyi or Steven Karamagi, Oyo's paternal uncles.
 
Francis Kabuzi, an elder in Tooro Kingdom says that there should be dialogue to solve the conflict amicably. He says that Kijanangoma's actions have already caused divisions in the kingdom
 
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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.