In 2014, Tooro Kingdom loyalists successfully petitioned parliament for the return of Kingdom assets and properties. The campaign spearheaded by a youth group referred to as Amacumu ne Bitara bya Rukirabasaija involved a 300km walk from Fort portal to Kampala to deliver the petition to parliament.
Oyo Nyimba Kabamba Iguru Rukidi IV, the King of Tooro Kingdom IV has instructed new members of the Tooro Parliament to push for the return of the kingdom assets. Oyo notes that the return of the kingdom properties should be top on the agenda of the new parliament, if the Kingdom is to realize development.
He notes that failure by government to return the property has affected the kingdom financially. According to Oyo, if the properties are returned, the kingdom can rent them out and get income to sustain its activities and improve its financial base.
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Oyo was on Friday speaking at the swearing-in ceremony of newly elected members of the kingdom parliament by the acting Fort Portal, Chief Magistrate, Vian Kwizera. This was Oyo's first public appearance since enrolling for a military training course at Fort Kasenyi Special Forces School, Entebbe for a three-month course.
Oyo, who was dressed in a white kanzu and a black coat, looked weak and appears to have lost too much weight as a result of the training. Oyo also called for unity and hard work towards the different key activities, such as passion fruit growing, which the kingdom has prioritised. Since 2013, the Kingdom has been demanding for a return of its property still under government.
The assets which include land, county and sub county headquarters among others were forcefully taken over by the central government in 1966, when the then President Milton Obote abolished traditional institutions and made Uganda a republic.Some of the properties being demanded by Tooro are found in Bundibugyo, Kasese, and Kyenjojo and Kamwenge districts. Kasese and Bundibugyo were formerly under Tooro Kingdom until 2010 when Charles Wesley Mumbere was installed as Rwenzururu King.
In 2014, Tooro Kingdom loyalists successfully petitioned parliament for the return of Kingdom assets and properties. The campaign spearheaded by a youth group referred to as 'Amacumu ne Bitara bya Rukirabasaija' involved a 300km walk from Fort portal to Kampala to deliver the petition to parliament. The 59 new members of the parliament who were sworn-in include clan heads, county chiefs, heads of rituals and representatives of religious leaders and the business community.
Saulo Mugasa was returned unopposed as kingdom speaker, while Silver Kasoro, the former speaker Kyenjojo district council sailed through unopposed as deputy speaker. The members of the kingdom parliament will serve for five years.