Members of the Tooro royal family are pushing for a vote of no confidence in King Oyo Nyimba Kabamba Iguru Rukidi IV for allegedly abdicating his kingdom duties. On Saturday, close relatives of King Oyo including his paternal uncles and aunties met in Kampala to push for a change in the monarchy.
On Saturday, close relatives of King Oyo including his paternal uncles and aunties met in Kampala to push for a change in the monarchy.
Speaking in Fort Portal on behalf of the King's relatives, Prince David Kijanangoma, a cousin to King Oyo said that they have decided to take action against the King for alleged incompetence.
Prince Kijanagoma is the son of the late Paul Kijanangoma, the eldest son of Sir George Rukidi, the former King of Tooro. He is also the younger brother of Happy Kijanangoma, who was shot dead in Fort Portal in 1999. Former kingdom prime minister, John Sanyu Katuramu, is currently serving a life sentence in Luzira prison for the murder of Prince Happy Kijanangoma.
The constitution of Tooro Kingdom empowers members of the royal family in consultation with clan leaders to remove the King on grounds of incompetence, incapacitation to lead and illness.
Kijanangoma says that King Oyo has abdicated his kingdom duties and decided to live in Kampala. He also accuses the king of disrespecting cultural norms and failure to prevail over the Queen Mother Best Kemigisa to stop interfering in Kingdom matters.
According to Kijanangoma, since King Oyo became of age in 2010, there is no change to show in the kingdom.
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Kijanangoma says that several chunks of kingdom land have been sold off with King Oyo looking on. He cites the kingdom land in Kyenjojo district which was illegally sold without consultations and the proceeds never accounted for.
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Kijanangoma explains that they have on several times tried to seek audience with King Oyo to discuss the concerns, but have often been turned away by the Queen Mother, Best Kemigisa.
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Members of the royal family are yet to meet the kingdom clan council over the matter.
However Charles Kamurasi, the head of the royal family has objected to the move. In a telephone interview, Kamurasi told Uganda Radio Network that although he agrees with the concerns, removing King Oyo shouldn't be the alternative.
Kamurasi says that members of the royal family should seek dialogue with the King. When contacted, Princess Elizabeth Bagaya, King Oyo's auntie said she didn't want to comment on a sensitive matter.
However a member of the royal family who preferred anonymity told Uganda Radio Network that Bagaya is seeking the intervention of President Museveni over the matter.
President Museveni is a guardian to King Oyo and was bestowed by King Oyo with the Omujwara kondo (Defender of the Kingdom), which is the highest honour in Tooro.
Last month, the kingdom ritual performers vowed never to perform any rituals at the King's palace, arguing that there is no need to carry out any rituals since the King is always absent from his kingdom.
In January, police blocked the Tooro royal clan leaders meeting at the Mucwa, the kingdom headquarters. The police led by Geoffrey Kahebwa, the Kabarole district police commander was under instructions from King Oyo and Kemigisa to stop the meeting, which was called by Charles Kamurasi, the head of the royal clan.