Tooro Kingdom Loyalists at Parliament Amid Tight Security

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In short
On saturday, the subjects under their umbrella group, ‘Amacumu ne Bitara bya Rukirabasaija’ literally meaning the King’s Spears and Swords, started a four-day-walk to Parliament from Fort Portal Town to present a petition seeking the return of ‘Ebyaitu’

Tooro Kingdom Subjects have arrived at Parliament amidst tight security as they seek to petition the speaker over the need to return kingdom assets commonly referred to as ‘Ebyaitu’.

Earlier members of the group were reportedly held at Hotel Diplomate in Muyenga, Kampala for unclear reasons. They had also been told to select a team of 10 people who would then proceed to meet the Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga.

However, our Reporter at Parliament says that the Youths were all granted access. They arrived at parliament aboard a Kalita Bus and were joined by another group of loyalists from different parts of Kampala who camped earlier at the CHOGM square.

On saturday, the subjects under their umbrella group, ‘Amacumu ne Bitara bya Rukirabasaija’ literally meaning the King’s Spears and Swords, started a four-day-walk to Parliament from Fort Portal Town to present a petition seeking the return of ‘Ebyaitu’

The talk about the return of Ebyaitu was started during the 18th coronation anniversary of the Omukama Oyo Nyimba Kabamba Iguru Rukidi IV held in Fort Portal in September last year. Then the Omukama, his Prime Minister Stephen Kaliba and several other Kingdom officials all spoke of the need for government to return the assets under its possession.   

The Kingdom is demanding for more than 150 assets including land and buildings from the government. The assets are located in Kabarole, Kamwenge, and Kyenjojo and Kyegegwa districts. The Kingdom also has assets in Kasese and Bundibugyo, which were formerly under Tooro Kingdom.
 
Some of the assets include large chunks of land that are currently being occupied by squatters especially in the counties of Mwenge, Kyaka in Kyejonjo and Kyegegwa district respectively and in Bunyangabu County in Kabarole district.

Early this year, the Attorney General Peter Nyombi sent a copy of the agreement for the return of kingdom assets to King Oyo, but it was returned to the government because it didn’t include some of the kingdom assets in the districts of Kasese and Bundibugyo.