Construction of Tooro Palace Perimeter Wall Stalls

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Bernard Tungwako, the Tooro Kingdom Prime Minister says that construction stalled due to the poor architectural design of the gate and the perimeter fence. He explains that the contractor changed the design without informing the kingdom.

Construction of the gate and perimeter wall around Karuzika, the main palace of Omukama of Tooro in Fort Portal town, has stalled.
 
Last year during the celebrations to mark the 21st coronation anniversary for Omukama Oyo Nyimba Kabamba Iguru Rukidi IV, Uganda Clays Limited embarked on the construction works on the gate, perimeter wall and repair of the driveways and walkways. Uganda Clays was honouring a pledge it made for the celebrations. 
 
Construction works immediately began but were not completed in time for the celebrations.
 
The kingdom said that completion of the gate and perimeter wall would be in January this year. However it has since stalled.
 
Bernard Tungwako, the Tooro Kingdom Prime Minister says that construction stalled due to the poor architectural design of the gate and the perimeter fence. He explains that the contractor changed the design without informing the kingdom. He adds that the current structures will be demolished and construction starts afresh.

Tungwako says that the kingdom also requires 150 million Shillings to repair the driveway and walkways.   

John Baguma, the deputy kingdom works minister says they are hopeful that construction will be completed before this year's 22nd coronation anniversary event in September. He explains that the perimeter wall and gate are necessary due to encroachment and illegal entry to the palace by residents neighbouring the palace who graze their cows in the palace's compound.

This is not the only project that has stalled in the kingdom. Last year, Omukama Oyo directed Tungwako to ensure that the royal tombs are renovated to boost tourism in the kingdom. However renovation works are yet to start as the kingdom looks for funds.

Others include renovation of the kingdom headquarters located at Mucwa in Fort Portal, construction of King Oyo Hospital in Kyenjojo district and a cultural centre to help in the preservation of Tooro's cultural heritage.

The kingdom has in the past faced challenges to carry out development projects in the due to inadequate funds. They argue that in order to realize funds, the government should return the institution's assets such as land and buildings, which will generate revenue when leased out to investors.    
 

 

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.