Tooro Prince sets date to oust Oyo, crown self


Prince Kijanangoma


Supporters of Tooro rebel Prince David Kijanangoma have set October 15th as the date for his coronation.

Kijanangoma will be crowned King at his palace in Rwengoma in Fort Portal.

This is according to a seven months plan that has been released by Prince Dan Rubombora, the coordinator of members of the royal family allied to prince Kijanangoma’s camp.

According to the plan, members of the royal family will this Saturday meet in Fort Portal to endorse Kijanangoma’s plan to dethrone King Oyo.

Kijanangoma is expected to announce his cabinet on June 15th followed by his coronation in October.

Rubombora says the decision to offer Kijanangoma Rwengoma palace was the first step to ensure that he gets a place where people will often visit and pay allegiance to him.

Rubombora, says starting next month, Kijanangoma will expand his support to Kyenjojo, Kamwenge, Ntoroko and Kyegegwa districts.

Kijanangoma supporters have also purchased Kingdom regalia, which will be used during the coronation ceremony.

The regalia include drums, spears, a crown and a special chair for the prince.

They are being kept at the Rwengoma palace.

Three elders have also been recruited to train trumpeters of the Amakondere dance, one of the revered dances which is meant to entertain the Kings of Tooro and Bunyoro Kingdoms.

According to Rubombora, the group is also consulting members of other clans in Tooro which are supposed to take part in the rituals during the coronation ceremonies.

Prince Kijanangoma has also set up a coronation committee comprising of prominent and respected Tooro personalities such as Professor Edward Rugumayo, former Minister for Trade and Tourism and Chairperson Tooro Elders Forum, former kingdom regents Zaverio Byabagambe and Isaya Kalya.

Other members are Timothy Kyamanywa, the LC5 chairperson Ntoroko district, aunties, uncles and cousins of King Oyo Nyimba Kabamba Iguru Rukidi IV based in the United States and United Kingdom.

Professor Rugumayo refused to comment on the matter when contacted, but Kalya and Byabagambe confirmed being part of the organizing committee.

According to Kalya, he decided to shift his allegiance to Kijanangoma due to what he called, Oyo’s ‘wasted reign’.

Kalya says that several times he has told King Oyo to take charge of his kingdom and avoid to be influenced, but didn’t heed to the advice.

Kijanangoma has also appointed his cousin Princess Ruth Komuntale Ogeni as the Batebe, (Princess Royal) of Tooro.

Charles Kamurasi, the head of the royal family described the actions as wishful thinking. He wants the Batooro to defend King Oyo since he is the legitimate King.

On Monday during his birthday celebrations in Kyenjojo district, King Oyo called for unity in the Kingdom.

Oyo said that those dividing the people of Tooro are enemies.



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