Renovation of Tooro Royal Tombs Yet to Start

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Tooro Kingdom is yet to embark on the renovation of the royal tombs, a year after Omukama Oyos directive. Karambi Royal Tombs, located five kilometres from Fort Portal along the Fort Portal-Kasese road, still remain in a sorry state. Three kings of Tooro are buried there. They are David Kasagama Kyebambe IV who died on December 31, 1928, George Kamurasi Rukidi III who died on December 21, 1965 and Patrick Olimi Kaboyo who died on August 25, 1995. Several Tooro princes and princesses are also buried at Karambi.

Tooro Kingdom is yet to embark on the renovation of the royal tombs, a year after Omukama Oyo's directive. 

Last year during the 21st coronation anniversary of Rukirabasaija Oyo Nyimba Kabamba Iguru Rukidi IV, the Omukama directed Omuhikirwa Bernard Tungwako, the Kingdom and Omusuga Charles Kayondo Kamurasi, the head of the royal clan to ensure that the tombs are renovated and completed before this year's coronation anniversary celebrations in September.

However, four months to this year's event, renovations are yet to start. Karambi Royal Tombs, located five kilometres from Fort Portal along the Fort Portal-Kasese road, still remain in a sorry state. Three kings of Tooro are buried there. They are David Kasagama Kyebambe IV who died on December 31, 1928, George Kamurasi Rukidi III who died on December 21, 1965 and Patrick Olimi Kaboyo who died on August 25, 1995. Several Tooro princes and princesses are also buried at Karambi.

Grass has overgrown at the burial grounds. The mausoleums where Kings Kasagama and Rukidi are buried leak whenever it rains.

Omuhikirwa Bernard Tungwako says that the kingdom is still looking for funds to renovate the tombs. He explains that the cultural institution had budgeted 200 million Shillings for the renovation. He adds that the kingdom is struggling to raise money from rent and lease of assets. 

Tungwako, who admits that the tombs will not be renovated in time for this year's coronation anniversary, says that the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization-UNESCO has been approached for assistance and they are yet to respond.

Edward Musinguzi, the Kingdom's Deputy Culture Minister says that once renovated, the tombs will appear more cultural and significant. He explains that the site is yet to fetch much revenue for the kingdom through tourism.

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Omusuga Kamurasi says that they have appealed to Members of Parliament from the kingdom under the Tooro Parliamentary Forum and district chairpersons in the region to donate at least part of their pay for renovation of the Royal Tombs.

In 2015, kingdom subjects under their group, 'Abaijukuru b'Omukama Kyebambe', or the grand children of Omukama Kyebambe, started a campaign to raise funds for the renovation of the tombs but their efforts didn't yield results.

 

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.