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Tooro Conflicts: Mediation Committee Starts Work Next week

The committee chaired by Reuben Kisembo, the Bishop Rwenzori Diocese will start its work next week on Monday in Fort Portal.
The committee set up to mediate in the conflicts in Tooro Kingdom begins work next week.

The committee comprising of religious leaders was set up two weeks ago on the advice of President Museveni, who was in Fort Portal to resolve the leadership impasse in the Kingdom between King Oyo Nyimba Kabamba Iguru Rukidi IV and his cousin Prince David Kijanangoma.

The committee chaired by Reuben Kisembo, the Bishop Rwenzori Diocese will start its work next week on Monday in Fort Portal. 

Other members of the committee include Bishop Robert Muhirwa of Fort Portal Diocese, the Tooro region Khadi, Sheik Habibu Mande, Jimmy Katuramu Bishop of United Pentecostal Churches International of Uganda (UPCIU) and Bishop James Mugenyi of the Seventh Day Adventist Church.  

According to a work plan released by the committee, the committee will kick off its work with a meeting with Prince David Kijanangoma and his some of his supporters at the Rwenzori diocesan offices.

The committee will also meet members of the royal family, former kingdom regents and premiers, Tooro region Members of Parliament and District Chairpersons, Princess Elizabeth Bagaya and members of the kingdom constitution review committee. 

Others include children of the late King of Tooro Sir George Rukidi, members of the public and the kingdom clan council.  

The team will finalize its work with meetings with the Queen Mother Best Kemigisa and King Oyo.

In a telephone interview, Bishop Mugenyi, the secretary of the committee said that the committee\'s work will last for a month and thereafter the report will be handed to President Museveni.

Mugenyi also says that the President is yet to appoint a committee that will investigate the alleged sale and mismanagement of Kingdom land and other assets. He adds that the team\'s findings will be incorporated in the report of the religious leaders.

During the meeting with the President, the religious leaders recommended that Kemigisa stops running kingdom affairs, and that Prince Kijanangoma installation slated for December be halted.

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