The High Court in Fort Portal has summoned Tooro King Oyo Nyimba Kabamba Iguru Rukidi IV over the suspension of the kingdom constitution.
Also summoned is Steven Kaliba, the former Kingdom Premier.
According to the summons dated July 8th 2015 and signed by the registrar of the High Court, King Oyo and Kaliba have been asked to appear in court on September 24th.
In 2014, George Kusemererwa, a member of the Tooro kingdom clan council sued King Oyo for illegally suspending the constitution.
In his affidavit to court, Kusemererwa argues that the King suspended the constitution without the consultation and approval of the kingdom parliament, the Orukurato, which approved the same constitution in 1999.
Kusemererwa further states that Oyo went ahead and unlawfully appointed Steven Kaliba as Prime Minister without a constitution in place.
Political feud affects talks on assets
The ongoing power struggle in Tooro Kingdom is stalling negotiations on the return of Kingdom properties still held by the central government.
The negotiations that started in 2013, between the central government and kingdom officials followed demands from King Oyo Nyimba Kabamba Iguru Rukidi IV for the return of Tooro assets, commonly referred to as ‘ebyaitu.’
The assets include buildings, titled and untitled pieces of land occupied by districts in Kabarole, Kamwenge, Kyenjojo and Kyegegwa districts.
The Kingdom also has assets in Kasese and Bundibugyo, which were formerly under Tooro Kingdom.
Most of the land was taken over by squatters especially in the counties of Mwenge, Kyaka and Bunyangabu in Kyejonjo, Kyegegwa and Kabarole districts respectively.
About 75 titled pieces of land are controlled by Uganda Land Commission.
A member of the kingdom’s negotiating team, who preferred anonymity, told Uganda Radio Network that several members of the team lost interest in the process as a result the power struggle, pitting King Oyo against David Kijjanangoma, a member of the royal family who wanted to oust the King.