The King of Tooro, Oyo Nyimba Kabamba Iguru Rukidi IV has appointed a new Kingdom Premier.
Bernard Tungwako aged 62, replaces Steven Kaliba, who has served for two years.
A reliable source in the Kingdom who preferred anonymity told Uganda Radio Network in an interview that last month, Kaliba informed the King that he wanted to retire.
The source further adds that King accepted Kaliba’s decision and a search for his replacement started.
According to the source, three names were forwarded to the King for selection. Among those were Tungwako, Steven Katenta Apuuli Uganda’s former Ambassador to Brussles and Engineer Patrick Rubombora.
Katenta was the spokesperson locally known as Katera rume, of Thomas Christopher, Princess Ruth Komuntale‘s estranged husband.
However, when Rubombora and Katenta were approached, they turned down the offer and King Oyo zeroed on Tungwako.
Little is known about Tungwako, but close kingdom sources told Uganda Radio Network that he is an influential businessman dealing in real estates and has often been providing financial support to the Kingdom.
Tungwako’s appointment has since been kept a secret in the kingdom until next week when King Oyo will unveil him before the Kingdom Parliament, the Orukurato for approval.
Last week, Tungwako was part of the entourage that accompanied King Oyo to Omukama Solomon Gafabusa Iguru I’s 21st coronation anniversary in Hoima.
When contacted for a comment, Tungwako declined to divulge details saying that he will speak out at an appropriate time.
Kaliba departs at a time when there are threats from Prince David Kijanangoma to dethrone King Oyo.
Kaliba has also presided over a cash strapped administration. Last year, the Kingdom passed 5.5 billion Shillings budget for the 2014/2015 financial year.
However the kingdom failed to realize the revenues forcing some projects to stall. They include the establishment of the Tooro Royal University that was supposed to open its doors last year, renovation of the Kingdom headquarters at Mucwa in Fort Portal and royal tombs.