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.
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
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
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
But the petitioners have not yet sued the King as they had put
it in the petition.
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.
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.
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.
//Cue in: “Nitusaba
habeho calm ...
...subjects of Tooro.”
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.
Cue out: ...
court niyo netujunira.”//
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.