The applicants are accusing the King, Oyo Nyimba Kabamba Iguru Rukidi IV of Tooro, the Queen Mother, Best Kemigisa and the Attorney General of committing a number of offences including the illegal leasing of Tooro kingdom land and misappropriating the properties of the monarchy.
The court order.
High court has
issued an interim order blocking the return of Tooro Kingdom properties from
central government. The interim order stems from an application
by Twerwaneho Listeners' Club, a non-governmental organization; Dan
Rubombora and Isaac Rabwoni before High court in Fort Portal Tourism
The applicants are accusing the King, Oyo Nyimba Kabamba
Iguru Rukidi IV of Tooro, the Queen Mother, Best Kemigisa and the Attorney
General of committing a number of offences including the illegal leasing of
Tooro kingdom land and misappropriating the properties of the monarchy.
Some of the property allegedly leased off illegally include Hostel
plot 1 that is opposite Kobil petrol station in Fort Portal, which was
reportedly leased to King Oyo and the other pieces of land in Bugaaki Sub
County in Kyenjojo district and Kamwenge district.
According to the complainants, the king and his mother
appointed themselves as the principal signatories of the Kingdom bank accounts;
an act they say is wrong and raises issues of conflict of interest. Now, court
has ordered that the properties should only be returned after the person to
manage them has been widely agreed upon.
The court has also restrained the respondents and their
agents or servants from trespassing on the contested land until May
26, 2021, when the main application will be determined. Vincent Mugume, the Deputy Information Minister of Tooro
kingdom, says they are going to meet the kingdom lawyers on the way
The order comes at a time when the government is in the final
stages of returning the assets of Tooro Kingdom. These include land, county and
sub-county headquarters that were forcefully taken over by the central
government when then-President Milton Obote abolished traditionally
institutions and made Uganda a republic.
For over years, the leaders of the cultural institution including the king
have been criticized by the public for alleged mismanagement of kingdom
properties and finances. Earlier this week, the speaker of the kingdom's
Supreme Council, Saul Mugasa, resigned over similar issues.
In his resignation letter, Mugasa said the arms of the
kingdom namely the Cabinet that is headed by the prime minister and the Supreme
Council led by the speaker, are never respected when important decisions in the
kingdom are being taken.
Bureau Chief, Tooro Sub-Region