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King Oyo, Queen Mother \'Snub\' Tooro Mediation Committee

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Bishop Kisembo, the chief mediator, says should the King and Queen Mother fail to meet the committee on the rescheduled day, the committee will go ahead and write the final report and present it to President Museveni without their input.
25 Aug 2015 13:54
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The King of Tooro, Oyo Nyimba Kabamba Iguru Rukidi IV and the Queen Mother Best Kemigisa have snubbed the kingdom mediation committee.

The committee chaired by Reuben Kisembo, the Bishop of Rwenzori Diocese, was set up in July to mediate in the conflicts in Tooro Kingdom following power struggles between King Oyo and Prince David Kijanangoma.

Members of the committee went to the kingdom palace on Monday to hold separate meetings with Kemigisa and Oyo, but found the palace closed.

Speaking to Uganda Radio Network, Bishop Kisembo said the committee was told by King Oyo\'s personal assistant that they were not aware of the meeting. 

In a telephone interview Jonathan Baguma, King Oyo\'s personal assistant, told Uganda Radio Network that Kemigisa and King Oyo did not receive official communication from members of the committee about meeting.

But Kisembo insists that the invitation letters and a copy of the committee‘s road map indicating the dates they are supposed to appear, were sent to both King Oyo and Kemigisa. 

Kisembo however says that the two have been given another chance to meet the committee on September 8th, 2015.

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Kisembo adds that should the two fail to meet the committee on the rescheduled day, the committee will go ahead and write the final report and present it to President Museveni.

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Kisembo also accused Bernard Tungwako, the kingdom premier for undermining the committee. Last week, Tungwako wrote a letter to President Museveni advising him to disband the committee, saying that the committee has no terms of reference and the members are biased.

Kisembo questions why Tungwako is disputing the credibility of the members and yet he appeared before the committee and presented his views. URN could not readily get a comment from Tungwako on the matter. 

The committee has so far met Prince David Kijanangoma and some of his supporters, former Kingdom premiers and regents, the general public, staff at the kingdom headquarters and palace, members of the Tooro clan council, Princess Elizabeth Bagaya and members of the kingdom constitutional review committee.

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