Oyo Halts Proposal to Convert Kingdom Headquarters Into Hotel

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In short
The decision to turn one of the Kingdoms historical assets into a hotel was resisted by some members of the royal family notable among them Princess Elizabeth Bagaya, King Oyos auntie. Bagaya argued that the building is symbolic in Tooro and should be preserved.

Oyo Nyimba Kabamba Iguru Rukidi IV, the King of Tooro has halted a decision to convert the Kingdom headquarters into a modern hotel. On Saturday, the members of the Kingdom Parliament, the Orukurato, agreed to convert the 63 year old building into a hotel.
 
 
The decision followed a cabinet meeting where the idea was floated by Bernard Tungwako, the Kingdom premier and approved by the 28 cabinet ministers.  However, in a March 20th letter signed by Jonathan Baguma, the King's Principal Private Secretary, Oyo says the proposed establishment of Mucwa Royal Hotel should be halted until further notice.
 
 
He did not give reasons for reversing the decision. The decision by King Oyo comes as a surprise, since he attended the meeting on Saturday where the matter was discussed and even applauded the Kingdom parliament for unanimously approving the proposal. 
 
 
 
However, a source close to King Oyo told URN on condition of anonymity, that after the Kingdom parliament meeting, Oyo convened another meeting of 14 people at his palace in Fort Portal.  It was also attended by the Queen Mother Best Kemigisa, palace officials and the King's advisors. The source says that King Oyo told the members that establishment of the hotel shouldn't proceed until further consultations are made.



According to the source, King Oyo also directed the kingdom's land department to identify land where a hotel can be built and report back. The decision to turn one of the Kingdom's historical assets into a hotel was resisted by some members of the royal family notable among them Princess Elizabeth Bagaya, King Oyo's auntie. Bagaya argued that the building is symbolic in Tooro and should be preserved. 




The proposed Shillings 2 Billion hotel will be comprised of 40 rooms, a recreation center, swimming pool, a royal cottage, restaurants and a conference center.  Tooro kingdom headquarters were built in 1954 and opened by the late King of Tooro, Sir George Rukidi IV in 1963. Currently, Uganda Pentecostal University uses part of the building for law and journalism classes.
 
 

 

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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.