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Ntoroko District Lifts Ban On Tooro Kingdom Anthem

On Thursday morning at the district council meeting, the kingdom anthem was sung by the councilors and the flag hoisted outside the council hall.
Ntoroko district has lifted the ban on the Tooro Kingdom Anthem.

In 2012, Timothy Kyamanywa, the LCV chairperson of Ntoroko with support from the district council banned singing of the anthem in all schools in his district. While addressing primary and secondary school teachers then in Karugutu, Kyamanywa said that by singing the Tooro Kingdom anthem, Ntoroko was paying allegiance to Tooro.

The blue and yellow Kingdom flags that were hoisted in several schools and Sub County headquarters were also removed on the orders of Kyamanywa. However on Thursday morning at the district council meeting, the kingdom anthem was sung by the councilors and the flag hoisted outside the council hall.

Kyamanywa said that some leaders in the district had been misled to take the decision.  Kyamanywa said that the ban had been lifted and all schools are free to sing the anthem and also hoist the kingdom flags.

Last month, Kyamanywa, with members of the district executive committee also made a surprise appearance at the 20th Coronation anniversary of King Oyo Nyimba Kabamba Iguru Rukidi IV in Fort Portal. Kyamanywa also prostrated before Oyo.

When Uganda Radio Network visited some schools, the kingdom flag was hoisted in the compound. Robert Muhenda, the deputy head teacher of Bweramule Secondary School says that last month, they received a circular from the office of the district chairperson authorizing them to hoist the flag.

The flag was also hoisted at Karugutu and Rwebisengo sub county headquarters.

Tensions between Tooro Kingdom and local leaders in Ntoroko district started in July 2012, when a group named 'the Anti-Tooro Kingdom's Interference in Butuku' emerged, claiming that Ntoroko district is not part of Tooro.

The group warned Tooro Kingdom against extending its cultural values and influence to Butuku.  At that time, the group had protested King Oyo's proposed visit to the area.

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