The increment from shs 5000 to shs 30,000 was announced last week through circulars issued by Hassan Isagara, the Kingdom Estates Manager. According to the letter, the squatters who wouldn\'t comply with the directive would be evicted.
The wait continues for the long awaited opening of Tooro Royal University, more than a year after the kingdom premier, Steven Kaliba, announced the plans. Dr Kaliba now says he isn't sure when the university will open, since there is still a long way to go. He says that more than 700 million shillings is needed for the university to start operations.
Steven Kaliba, the Tooro Kingdom Premier confirmed the cancellation of the 19th coronation anniversary although the reason remains unspecified. In the past, the Kingdom has cancelled the celebrations due to financial constraints and when King Oyo was still pursuing his studies abroad.But this time round Kaliba ruled out finances as a possible cause
Batuku elders in Ntoroko district are to elect heads of clans, a move that has raised suspicion in Tooro Kingdom. The elders under their umbrella, Batuku Elders Association (BEA), will next week converge in Rwebisengo town council to elect the head of clans. Moses Abigaba, the acting chairperson of BEA, told Uganda Radio Network that the role of the clan heads will give cultural guidance to the clans in Ntoroko district.
In a telephone interview with Uganda Radio Network, Vincent Mugume, the Kingdomâ€™s deputy information minister, who is part of the subjects, says they have halted the move until Herbert Mugisa, the Local Council 3 Chairperson for South Division in Fort Portal Municipality, recovers. The 130 subjects mainly youths have pitched camp at Buloba Church of Uganda.
A source who preferred anonymity and attended the meeting told Uganda Radio Network that King Oyo expressed concern at how the district authorities particularly the district chairperson, Richard Rwabuhinga was handling the matter. King Oyo also told Mwesige that the statements that were uttered by Rwabuhinga during last monthâ€™s council sitting were inciting the people against the Kingdom.
In a letter written by Richard Rwabuhinga, he accuses Kaliba of feeding King Oyo with lies and creating a rift between the district leadership and the Kingdom. Rwabuhinga says that Kaliba misinformed the King and members of the Kingdom parliament, the Orukurato that the district council had passed a resolution banning people from singing the Kingdom anthem at functions and in schools until the kingdom remits the money.
In a surprise move, Amos Mugisa, the former kingdom premier, was appointed Minister for Palace Affairs. Mugisaâ€™s appointment was greeted with murmurs from members of the Orukurato. In 2012, Mugisa resigned accusing some palace officials of interfering in the Kingdom administration.
Princess Agnes Bagaya was the only surviving daughter of the late King of Tooro, David Kasagama Kyebambe III. She was also the youngest sister of Sir George David Matthew Kamurasi Rukidi III, the 11th Omukama of Tooro. Her death now leaves Prince Switzer Kaijamurubi, aged 84, the only surviving son of Omukama Kyebambe.
Last week, the Attorney General Peter Nyombi sent a copy of the agreement for the return of kingdom assets to King Oyo. A member of the kingdom negotiating team who preferred anonymity told Uganda Radio Network that after consulting his advisors and legal team, King Oyo told his Prime Minister, Omuhikirwa Steven Kaliba, to return the agreement to the government and ensure that itâ€™s amended and the assets in Kasese and Bundibugyo are included.