Mugenyi explains that since all kings are Babiito or royals, Bunyoroâ€™s head of the royal clan (the Okwir) is mandated with the ritual of enthroning the new king. Okwir spoke to Uganda Radio Network as he led a team of Bunyoro elders to Busoga to enthrone the new Kyabazinga on Saturday.
History indicates that several kingdoms in Uganda trace their roots to Bunyoro a result of which many seek blessings from the ‘Obukama of Bunyoro’ prior to their enthronement. According to Fred Mugenyi Rucunya, the head of the royal clan, the Babiito (Okwir), apart from Buganda whose relationship with Bunyoro soured in the colonial days, all other kingdoms in Uganda up to now trace that historical lineage to have their new kings or chiefs enthroned by Bunyoro.
Indeed last weekend the Isebantu Kyabazinga elect Prince Wilberforce Gabula Nadiope IV visited the Omukama of Bunyoro Solomon Gafabusa Iguru in a visit interpreted by many as a pursuit for blessing.
Mugenyi explains that since all kings are Babiito or royals, Bunyoro’s head of the royal clan (the Okwir) is mandated with the ritual of enthroning the new king. Okwir spoke to Uganda Radio Network as he led a team of Bunyoro elders to Busoga to enthrone the new Kyabazinga on Saturday.
Okwir explains that cultural rituals will be performed on Friday night until Saturday morning. He says it’s from then that the Okwir will hand the new king instruments of power to officially start his reign. The instruments include a drum, a spear, a shield, a black cloth, a white necklace, and a ritual fire among others. He says all these artifacts have been secured by Bunyoro and ritually blessed for his team to take to the new Kyabazinga.
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At the set off from Bunyoro, the head of the royal clan appealed for peace and calm in Busoga where wrangling for the throne persists. He urged the bickering factions to end their differences and accept the duly elected Kyabazinga.
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On August 23, the council of Busoga Royal chiefs elected Prince Wilberforce Gabula Nadiope IV, as new Kyabazinga replacing Henry Wako Muloki who died on September 1 2008.
But just days after the election, a group opposed to Gabula elected his rival Prince Columbus Wambuzi as the Kyabazinga. Despite Nadiope’s eventual recognition by central government, the Wambuzi faction does not recognize him as Kyabazinga and has filed a petition in court to stop the coronation ceremony. The court ruling is expected later today.