President Yoweri Museveni has resolved to consult the country’s Attorney General in a move to ascertain whether the people of Tooro, according to the Ugandan constitution, can choose their own King.
The decision was reached in a meeting between the President and Tooro’s warring royals, King Oyo Nyimba Kabamba Iguru Rukidi IV’s and rival Prince, David Kijjanangoma, held at State Lodge in Fort Portal on Monday.
According to Andrew Irumba, a loyal subject to the Prince, Museveni appointed a team of religious leaders in Tooro and ordered them to commence a dialogue between the aggrieved parties.
The same dialogue by religious leaders was long proposed by elders of Tooro kingdom but was allegedly frustrated by Oyo’s camp.
The President also promised that he would consult the country’s Attorney General on the constitution of the republic of Uganda in regard to cultural matters.
While the country’s constitution allows people to choose who to rule them, and how, Tooro constitution also empowers subjects on how they shall be governed.
The president also reportedly read part of Sir George Kamurasi Rukidi III’s will (Kijjanangoma and Oyo Nyimba Kabamba Iguru Rukidi IV’s grandfather) which clearly states that four of his children can ascend to power should circumstances he put in the will happen.
Museveni then asked Oyo’s camp whether he should consult the Attorney General to interpret the constitution of Uganda, constitution of Tooro Kingdom and the will by the late king Sir. Goerge.
Irumba says Oyo’s side objected but Museveni insisted that the Attorney General should be consulted.
The president was reportedly impressed by the arguments put forward by Joram Bintamanya, another Tooro youth advocating for the removal of King Oyo.
Oyo’s group has tried to discredit Bintamanya’s arguments because he is an opposition FDC member, but Museveni urged him on.
On Rwengoma palace and security
Oyo’s camp also demanded that Kijanangoma be forced to vacate the Rwengoma palace, a request Museveni turned down.
“I have all the powers to remove David Kijjanangoma from Rwengoma palace. I have all it takes, but….. I fear the law,” Museveni told the group.
On security, the President noted that while Oyo was being protected by royal guards, Kijanangoma was not equally protected.
The Prince sometime back wrote to the President requesting for security following his increasing fame in Tooro and rising rivalry with the King.
Oyo’s camp asked for more security for the King saying they were vulnerable to attacks from the Prince’s men, an argument the president didn’t buy.