EXCLUSIVE: Tooro King Oyo to Fast over Kingdom Split

King Oyo has been advised to return to Tooro of face protests

more about geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 150%;”>According to Tooro Kingdom Prime Minister Hon Stephen Kaliba, malady King Oyo will in next month embark on a seven-days fasting period as a way of showing his dissatisfaction with the split of his kingdom.

Obudhingiya Bwa Bamba and Rwenzururu kingdoms were created out of greater Tooro Kingdom.

The fuming Prime Minister said the continued partitioning of Tooro kingdom by President Museveni creating what he termed as ‘unnecessary’ monarchs has caused tribal conflicts in the region.

He was speaking at the awarding of certificates and prizes ranging from mattresses and blankets to the best PLE performers from Bugaki Sub County in Kyenjojo district over the weekend at Kagorogoro Primary School play grounds.

The Premier’s comments come just a week after president Museveni officially installed Maj Martin Oyongi Kamya as the King of Obudhingiya Bwa Bwamba Cultural Institution in Bundibugyo District.

Tooro was founded in 1830 by Omakama Kaboyo Olimi, the eldest son of King of Bunyoro Nyamutukura Kyebambe III who decided to establish his own monarchy.

Hon. Kaliba said, “Tooro Kingdom caters for all institutions and tribes in this region. I wonder why the president has gone ahead to divide our kingdom into smaller units thus causing divisionism and tribal clashes”.

On Saturday the Rwenzururu cultural leader Charles Wesley Mumbere Irimangoma came out strongly cautioning President Museveni against authorising the formation of more kingdoms.

“The granting of kingdoms created out of the greater monarchies has caused tribal clashes and affected development,” said Mumbere.

King Mumbere was visiting Mitandi Primary School and his subjects living on the slopes of Mountain Rwenzori in Tooro Kingdom.

Mumbere said the creation of more kingdoms by the president has caused tribal conflicts thus breeding deterioration in cultural norms and values.

At the coronation ceremony of the Bamba leader recently, Museveni warned cultural leaders against rivalry.

“In the case of the Rwenzori region and Busoga, I appeal to you to stop the unnecessary rivalries among the cultural heads. You should always work out a win-win solution for the diverse communities in the respective regions,” said Museveni.

“No community is subservient to the other. Every community, big or small, was put here by God and must be respected. Anybody who cannot see this is in the wrong place.

For the past few days there has been fighting between the Bamba and Bakonzo tribes in Bundibugyo over the renovation of Rwenzururu King Mumbere located in Kirinda.


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