Speaking at the burial under tight police and army deployment, Bitarabeho said that her husband was so caring and loving and irreplaceable. Bitarabeho also said that she will always cherish Kabise for giving birth to Kasango and will always respect her despite their disagreement on his burial place.
Bishop Kisembo was speaking at celebrations to mark 25 years of King Oyo Nyimba Kabamba Iguru Rukidi IV on the throne. King Oyo ascended to the throne on September 12, 1995 at the age of three following the death of his father, Patrick Matthew Kaboyo Olimi VII in August 1995.
Albert Bakasara, the TAA Chairman and Chief Executive Officer – CEO, says that the cancellation of the event is a painful but necessary decision. He discloses that of the over 320 people that had been expected to attend, several had already purchased their convention tickets and the association is going to refund all their registration money.
The Elders Forum in Tooro, under their umbrella Isaazi lyAbaantu Bakuru Ba Tooro, have accused the government of remaining silent following acts of violence against the former kingdom prime minister, Stephen Irumba. Last month, unknown people raided Irumbas ranch located in Rwentuha Sub County, Kyegegwa district, killing five cows. Two cows were stolen and three cut. In a press release signed by Professor Edward Rugumayo, the chairperson of the Elders Forum, the elders urged the government to carry out investigations on the violence meted out to Irumba.
Preparations are underway for the second Tooro Peoples Conference to be held on 22nd and 23rd December at St. Pauls National Major Seminary, Kinyamasika in Fort Portal. The conference will be held under the theme Harnessing our resources for a better Tooro.
Bernard Tungakwo, the Prime Minister Tooro, says that one of the traditions that will be revived during the celebrations is the Omukama giving cows to clan heads. According to Tungakwo, the revival of the tradition follows calls by Tooro elders who say the practice was once revered. He explains that the Omukama will give out more than 10 cows to clans of his choice on the eve of the coronation anniversary.
Tooro Kingdom has started a fundraising drive for the 22nd coronation anniversary of King Oyo Nyimba Kabamba Iguru Rukidi IV. Last month, the kingdom released a budget of shillings 400 million for the event scheduled for September 14th at the royal palace, the Karuziika, in Fort Portal town. The King selected the youths to organise the event.
Tooro Prime Minister Bernard Tungakwo says that in 2015, during a meeting with Omukama Oyo and kingdom officials at the State Lodge in Fort Portal, Museveni promised immediate return of the the properties. He however explains that since then they have not received any communication from the government.
In September 1955, Sir George David Matthew Kamurasi Rukidi III, the 11th king of Tooro, purchased the organ from Leeds in the United Kingdom and donated it to the cathedral. Engravings on the organ indicate that it was built in 1945 by Positive Organ, a company based in the United Kingdom. Rukidi reigned over Tooro from December 31, 1928 until his death on December 21, 1965.
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.
In some of the libraries visited by Uganda Radio Network reporter, there was a significant absence of Rutooro literature from its book shelves. At Kijura community library, Hakibale Sub County, there is a collection of books, magazines and newspapers only written in English but none written in Rutooro.
The disagreements are on Article 15. In the 1999 constitution, the article called for the removal of the King on medical grounds, misconduct or misbehaviour. It also gave powers to members of the ruling clan, the Babiito, in consultation with the kingdom parliament to appoint a successor. In the amended version of the constitution, however, the section was scrapped, drawing mixed reactions.
In 2012, Omukama Oyo suspended the 1999 Tooro Kingdom constitution and appointed a nine-member committee led by his aunt, Princess Elizabeth Bagaya, to review it and suggest some amendments. Among the changes, Article 15 which in the 1999 constitution stated that the Omukama shall be removed based on medical grounds or misconduct, has been deleted.
There are more than 70 clans in Tooro, according to the 1999 Kingdom Constitution. However not more than twenty are active in kingdom activities. They include Ababiito, Abasiita, Abagweri, Abasumbi, Abayaga, Abaitira, Abaliisa, Abachwamba and Ababboopi, among others.