Tooro Kingdom Repossess Land Earmarked For Construction of Oyo Hospital

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According to a source at the Kingdom, Muhereza was in the process of obtaining a land title, but halted the process after it was established that the kingdom had placed a caveat on the land. .

Tooro Kingdom has repossessed its landearmarked for the construction of King Oyo Foundation Hospital. The 20 acre pieceof land is found in Kibira parish in Nyantungo Sub County in Kyenjojo district. In 2012, the land was illegally sold off by unknown people who connived withofficials from the kingdom land and estates department.  

However, the land was recovered after the Kingdom threatened to sue Wilber Muhereza, a businessman in Kagadi town council who bought it.The Kingdom authorities are now investigatingcircumstances under which the land was sold to Muhereza.   According to a source at the Kingdom, Muhereza  The repossession of the land now paves way for construction of the hospital which has stalled for more than five years over lack of funds. 

In 2010,  there was aground breaking ceremony at the site officiated by Oyo. The land has now beenfenced off to avoid any future encroachment.  Steven Kaliba, the prime minister of TooroKingdom says the kingdom has now embarked on fundraising for the construction. Kalibasays fundraising drives will be done in Tooro region and in the diaspora,adding that, the Japanese government has promised to contribute. He says that the first phase of theconstruction is expected to start before the end of the year. The construction workis expected to cost 1.5 billion shillings. 

Before his brutal murder, the Libyan leader Col Muammar Gaddaffi had promised to fully fund the construction of the hospital.  Two weeks, during the swearing in ceremony of the King's spears and swords in Fort Portal, the Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi,donated 10 million shillings towards the construction of the hospital. 

King Oyo Foundation hospital will mainly treat malnourished children in the Tooro region, where the malnutrition rates currently stand at 44 percent higher than the national rate at 33 percent. Last year, more than 400 children from Tooro region chose King Oyo to be a goodwill ambassador to promote nutrition. 


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.