Social media since last evening was abuzz with a couple of pictures taken of Tooro’s King Oyo Nyimba Kabamba Iguru Rukidi IV.
King Oyo was among the dignitaries that graced Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II’s 60th birthday at the Bulange in Mengo.
At the event, Vice President Edward Kiwanuka Sekandi described as enviable, the thriving relationship that Buganda had built with her neighboring Kingdom including Tooro.
But as the event proceeded, King Oyo was conducting himself in a manner that has since solicited mixed feelings especially in Buganda.
Photos last evening started spreading like wild fire of him sitting with legs crossed, something many critics insist was unbecoming at such a royal occasion.
But most infuriating was another picture where he almost half-heartedly extended his hand to greet the Buganda Prime Minister Charles Peter Mayiga, again which his legs wide crossed.
“What a joke! He knows what he’s doing. He perhaps is trying to make a statement,” went some of the social media commentaries.
The 23 year old King Oyo ascended the throne only at the age of three after his father Patrick Olimi Kaboyo died back in 1995.
King Oyo’s reign has since been accentuated with leaps and bounds and to this date the Kingdom is engulfed in serious internal conflicts.
Back in June last year, President Yoweri Museveni referred to the King as ‘akavubuka’ which means a little boy, something that sparked outrage across the kingdom.
King Oyo currently faces deposition by his cousin, Price David Kijanangoma, who accuses him of mishandling kingdom property and abandoning his people.
Kijanangoma is running a parallel monarchy within the kingdom, basing from his palace in Rwengoma and commands a significant portion of loyalty.