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Tooro Clan Heads Still Undecided on Suing King Oyo

But the petitioners have not yet sued the King as they had put it in the petition. Reverend Willy Kintu Muhanga, the Chairperson of the Clan Leaders who petitioned the King has told Uganda Radio Network that they are currently not certain of when they will go to court to proceed with their earlier decision of suing the King.

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Clan Leaders in Tooro Kingdom who wanted to sue the King Omukama Oyo Nyimaba Kabamba Iguru Rukidi IV are still undecided on the matter.

On September 5th, 2022, some of the clan leaders in the Tooro Kingdom Supreme Council petitioned King Oyo over the manner in which he appointed Steven Kiyingi as the Omuhikirwa (Prime Minister) of the Kingdom claiming the appointment was marred by irregularities.

In the petition, the clan leaders say the council sitting on August 26th, 2002 in which the Omukama appointed Kiyingi was not regularly constituted. They say the council lacked a Speaker and a Deputy Speaker because Eng. Julius Mwirumubi who chaired the council sitting was never sworn in as the speaker of the Supreme Council. 

The Clan Leaders in their petition also asked the King to cause a fully legally constituted Council with a Speaker and Deputy Speaker, use his discretion to immediately withdraw the appointment of Kiyingi and allow the Constitutional Council to use its mandate to offer its opinions.

The leaders said failure to do the above, they threatened to consider taking legal action against the King, mobilise their clan members to boycott Empango (coronation anniversary), and also mobilise the clans of Tooro to disown the newly appointed prime minister. 

However, weeks after the petition, no action has been taken even when the king has not responded to the petition. On September 12th, 2022 Tooro Kingdom celebrated the 27th Coronation Anniversary of King Oyo and some clan leaders were in attendance, while Kiyingi  performed his duties as Prime Minister.

But the petitioners have not yet sued the King as they had put it in the petition. Reverend Willy Kintu Muhanga, the Chairperson of the Clan Leaders who petitioned the King has told Uganda Radio Network that they are currently not certain of when they will go to court to proceed with their earlier decision of suing the King.

“Some clan heads who were not on our side at first are now willing to join us, but now we aren’t certain because we are still making consultations and maybe in two weeks from now we shall go to court," says Rev Muhanga.

While preaching at the Thanksgiving Service of the Coronation Anniversary, the Bishop of Ruwenzori Diocese, Rt Rev Reuben Kisembo asked the disgruntled clan heads to put aside all the differences and work with the Prime Minister in unity and harmony to develop the kingdom.  Bishop Kisembo said that it is not right for subjects to take the king to court because that would be a contradiction to their allegiance.

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However, Rev Muhanga said that they will not heed to the Bishop’s advice unless he formally calls them for a reconciliation process. “We can’t listen to the Bishop when he hasn’t called us, they must call us then we sit for reconciliation,he added.

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Some of the leaders who have petitioned the king are head of the clans of Abagaya, Abasita, Abagorongo, Abachwamba, Abaana, Abamoli, Abakulungu and Abagweri.

King Oyo appointed Kiyingi on August 26th, 2022 to replace Bernard Tungwako as the Prime Minister after Tungwako resigned from the position.