Tooro Princess Bagaya Blasts Youth Militancy


pilule geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 150%;”>Princess Bagaya, who is also a personal adviser to President Museveni, observed the need for the right mechanism to be put in place for kingdom officials to follow when demanding for the kingdom properties “but not through violent means like the (AMACUMU) Tooro youth have been doing.”

Bagaya’s remarks come just a few days after Tooro King Oyo Nyimba Iguru IV condemned violence as the monarchy continues to pile pressure on government to seek the return of assets seized when kingdoms were banned by President Milton Obote.

“A committee must be set up to identify the assets that the kingdom demands from central government but not just walking to parliament asking for the return of the properties which government does not know,” charged Bagaya as she addressed Orukurato (Parliament) on Friday at Mucwa kingdom chambers in Fort Portal town.

Bagaya disclosed that the government is in the process of returning the Kingdom assets including land and buildings but was disturbed by the violent path taken by the youth and some radical kingdom officials.

She informed Tooro Parliament the Kingdom has signed several Memorandums of understanding (MoUs) with the central government and that the process was going on smoothly until the recent skirmishes between police and the youth.

Princess Bagaya also cautioned Tooro officials against the sale of the kingdom land.

A huge chunk of kingdom land was recently sold to TAMTECO-a tea company in Kijura Burahya County in Kabarole district.

Other pieces of prime land have been doled out to investors in Burongo, Bunyangabu, Busekya in Kyaka and Rulemwa in Mwenge counties.

But Stephen Kaliba, the Kingdom Prime Minister, blamed Tooro MPs for neglecting the kingdom and boycotting their meetings despite the several invitations.

“The office of the Prime Mister will write to all MPs hailing from this region asking them to join us in demanding for the return of assets,” affirmed Kaliba.

Fort Portal Municipality MP, Alex Ruhunda said the kingdom never involved Rwenzori MPs from the beginning of negotiations with government and therefore and found it difficult to take part.

Two weeks ago, Tooro Kingdom staged to the streets of Fort Portal demanding government to respond to their request of returning their kingdom’s assets.

The protest turned bloody when one Gilbert Kayondo was injured by a stray bullet and 19 others arrested.


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