Amendment of Tooro Kingdom Constitution Completed

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In short
In 2012, Omukama Oyo suspended the 1999 Tooro Kingdom constitution and appointed a nine-member committee led by his aunt, Princess Elizabeth Bagaya, to review it and suggest some amendments. Among the changes, Article 15 which in the 1999 constitution stated that the Omukama shall be removed based on medical grounds or misconduct, has been deleted.

The committee set up by Tooro King Oyo Nyimba Kabamba Iguru Rukidi IV to review the kingdom constitution has completed its work. 

In 2012, Omukama Oyo suspended the 1999 Tooro Kingdom constitution and appointed a nine-member committee led by his aunt, Princess Elizabeth Bagaya, to review it and suggest some amendments.
 
On Friday, Princess Bagaya handed over a copy of the amended constitution to Saul Mugasa, the Tooro kingdom Speaker, during the opening session of the Kingdom Parliament, Orukurato. According to the draft constitution, seen by Uganda Radio Network, Article 15 which in the 1999 constitution stated that the Omukama shall be removed based on medical grounds or misconduct has been deleted. 

This could have have been in response to threats by Prince David Kijanangoma, who wanted to overthrow Oyo, whom he accused of incompetence. Another amendment is Article 10 which now gives the Omukama powers to appoint members of the Kingdom land board, Finance and Appointments Committees. 

These powers were vested in the kingdom parliament in the past. Article 29 has also been amended to create the post of deputy Kingdom speaker, which has been non-existent. Also amended is Article 49 to include the districts of Kyegegwa, Ntoroko and Kyenjojo as part of Tooro. When the constitution was drafted in 1999, both districts were still under Kabarole.

Princess Bagaya, a lawyer, said that the committee was supposed to complete the review process three years ago, but was delayed due to lack of funds, since members couldn't move to some parts of the kingdom to seek people's views. 

Members of the Kingdom parliament resolved to appoint a seven-member committee to scrutinise the proposed amendments  and report back to the Orukurato in two months' time.

The committee chaired by Silver Kasoro, the former speaker Kyenjojo district, will work together with the kingdom's legal department. Other members of the committee include James Mugenyi, Herbert Muganda, Ernest Kalenge, Polly Kateeba, Sylvia Nyangoma and Eunice Kagaba.
 
Kasoro said that the committee will ensure that it works in the time frame, which will help streamline the administration of the Kingdom. 

In 2013, King Oyo was dragged to court for illegally suspending the constitution. Last year, the committee set up to mediate the Tooro Kingdom leadership conflict, tasked Oyo to reinstate the constitution. The committee noted that as a result of the suspension of the constitution, there is lack of separation of powers between the palace and Kingdom administration, which has resulted in conflicts.   

 

About the author

Emmanuel Kajubu
Emmanuel Kajubu is proud to have been the first Ugandan journalist to write in depth pieces about the Tooro Kingdom institution. His knowledge of the inner workings of the Tooro Kingdom is what made him privy to the splits in the royal family. These splits almost challenged Tooro Omukama Oyo Nyimba Iguru's reign.

Culture, agriculture and the environment are just two areas of many of interest to Kajubu. As long as he has held a pen, Kajubu has also written about public policy, health and crime.

Kajubu is keen on impacting his society not just as a writer but also a trainer and mentor. Bundibugyo and Ntoroko districts fall under his docket. Kajubu has been a URN staff member since 2008.