Museveni to meet Tooro Prince over Oyo’s fate



Queen Mother, King Oyo and Museveni at Rwakitura


President Yoweri Museveni is set to meet Prince David Kijanangoma, a member of the Tooro royal family who wants to oust King Oyo Nyimba in a move aiming at resolving a leadership impasse in the Kingdom.

Dan Rubombora, the head of protocol in Kijanangoma’s camp told Uganda Radio Network that protocol officials from State House have contacted the Prince requesting for names of people who will meet President Museveni, the guardian to King Oyo who also holds the highest honour in Tooro, the Defender of the Kingdom.

The meeting is likely to take place next weekend when president Museveni visits Fort Portal to preside over a fundraising ceremony organized by the United Pentecostal Church.

The news follows a series of controversies aroused by the row between King Oyo and his first cousin David Kijanangoma, the younger brother of Patrick Happy Kijanangoma, the former King Tooro who was killed in 1999.

It comes almost a month after more than 80 kingdom elders wrote to the President informing him of their allegiance to Prince Kijanangoma.

The elders who include former and current members of the Tooro Kingdom parliament, the Orukurato, the kingdom’s clan council and former Kingdom Ministers, informed Museveni that the concerns raised by members of the royal family are genuine and dethroning King Oyo was the solution to the revival of the Kingdom’s fading glory.

Prince Kijanangoma and his supporters accuse King Oyo of abdicating his kingdom duties and abandoning the palace in Tooro.

He is also accused of disrespecting cultural norms and failing to prevail over the Queen Mother Best Kemigisha to stop interfering in Kingdom matters.

Amid the controversy, a new version of the Kingdom Anthem was released by Prince Kijanangoma’s supporters who said they are determined to dethrone the King.

Last week Kijanangoma postponed his coronation from October 15th to December 23rd.


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