Prince Samuel Akiiki Nyabongo, the deputy Omusuuga or head of the Babiito clan, passed away on Thursday afternoon at Fort Portal Regional Referral Hospital. Nyabongo was instrumental in the restoration of the monarchy in the 1990s. He also served as cultural advisor to both King Oyo and his father, the late Patrick David Matthew Olimi Kaboyo.
Prince Nyabongo aged 87 has been bed ridden at the hospital for the past two weeks after he collapsed at his home in Kiduukuru village in South Division, Fort Portal Municipality. Vincent Mugume, the deputy information Minister Tooro Kingdom, told Uganda Radio Network that Nyabongo succumbed to diabetes and hypertension, which he has been battling for the past seven years.
Last week, the Omukama of Tooro, Oyo Nyimba Kabamba Iguru Rukidi IV, visited Nyabongo in hospital and wished him a quick recovery. The Omukama was in the hospital for several minutes having a conversation with Nyabongo who looked frail but jovial. Through the Prime Minister, Omukama Oyo also urged the people of Tooro to pray for Nyabongo, since he has been a hardworking person for the Kingdom.
Nyabongo has been the deputy to Charles Kamurasi. Nyabongo was appointed deputy head of the Babiito Clan during the reign of Patrick David Matthew Olimi Kaboyo II. He was also a cultural advisor to the Late King. At the time of his death, Nyabongo was also a member of the Tooro Kingdom Parliament, the Orukurato, where he has served since the 1970s.
Rev. Richard Baguma, a close friend described the deceased as a loyal servant to the past and current King of Tooro. Baguma says that despite his poor health, Nyabongo spared some time to teach Omukama Oyo about the Tooro culture and customs.
According to Baguma, Nyabongo was instrumental in the restoration of the monarchy in the 1990s. He says that Nyabongo together with the then Batebe, Princess Elizabeth Bagaya, traversed parts of Tooro region to seek people’s views on whether the Tooro monarchy should be restored.
Members of the royal family are to meet later today to decide whether Nyabongo will be laid to rest at the Royal Tombs at Karambi or at his home in Kiduukuru.