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These kingdoms together with their present kings include the Bunyoro kingdom under the leadership of King Solomon Gafabusa Iguru, Buganda Kingdom for King Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II, Toro kingdom for King Oyo Nyimba Kamba Iguru Rukiidi, Rwenzururu kingdom for King Charles Wesley Mumbere, Ankole Kingdom and Busoga Kingdom.
Like several political parties in Uganda, all these Kingdoms are currently having rebel groups and this has merged into other different cultural institutions that have gone on to be endorsed by government.
However, many people have come up to believe that it is a policy aimed at weakening and reducing the powers of these kingdoms by disorganizing and causing loyal members to rebel and resist the leadership.
This follows the recent siege of the Rwenzururu kingdom and denial of their king to visit his counterparts in Bundibugyo where many people criticized it from all walks of life.
The cause of the commotion in the Rwenzori region is the existence of another cultural leader, Charles Kamya who claims the kingship of the Bansongora people.
This incident makes us remember the 2009 September riots when the king of Buganda Kingdom was denied to visit his counterparts in Bugerere. This was because of the conflict between the Banyala community in Bugerere and the Mengo establishment which resulted in serious riots and the spilling of blood.
The conflict traces its history to the establishment of modern Buganda in 1900 and to the sudden resurgence of cultural institutions without having in place a mechanism to regulate them.
Coming to Bunyoro kingdom, one of the oldest kingdoms under the leadership of King Solomon Iguru, there is a mushrooming resistance cropping up from the Bagungu cultural group.
The Bagungu live in Bulisa and have mobilized to create Bagungu cultural institution with the aim of breaking from the Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom. They have formed an interim committee that is holding dialogues and soon will be demanding for independence.
Meanwhile, Toro kingdom was the first kingdom registered to disintegrate from the big Bunyoro kitara kingdom under the led by King Kaboyo Olimi I, the eldest son of King Nyamutukura Kyembambe III of Bunyoro.
King Kaboyo rebelled against his father and established his own independent kingdom which was later incorporated back into Bunyoro-Kitara in 1876 but reasserted its independence in 1891. Toro Kingdom has never been any threat to any government in Uganda since it has the youngest ever serving King under the names of King Oyo Iguru.
Busoga Kingdom is one kingdom that seems to be dormant and has for now close to three years been without a recognized king and leadership.
Last Saturday, during a public rally of President Museveni at Butembe Primary School in Kamuli district, he said, none of the parties claiming the Busoga kingship is recognized by the Central Government.
“The Central Government does not recognize any of the two; we are working with the Ssabalangira Wakholi (Chief Prince) and all the princes of Busoga,” said president Museveni.
As for the Ankole Kingdom, despite restoring cultural institutions in 1993, the NRM government blocked its restoration and as a result, its properties such as land, cultural sites, administration block and regalia remained under the care of the government.
The Democratic Party president, Norbert Mao, claims the creation of opposition cultural institutions is a political plot by the Museveni regime to concentrate all powers around him and weaken all strong traditions.
“This is also a dictatorial move of crippling and diminishing all power centers in the country desiring that Museveni should be the only man with power,” he said on Tuesday.
Dr. Abed Bwanika of People’s Development Party said there is a deliberate policy of creating new cultural institutions most of whom are led by soldiers from the Uganda People’s Defence Force (UPDF).
Bwanika said this should be strongly resisted and parliament should come up and protect the old cultural institutions.
Its God who tells what will befall the Kingdoms in Uganda in the time to come if not following in the shoes of Ankole Kingdom.