The King of Toro, Omukama Oyo Nyimba Kabamba Iguru Rukidi IV, is set for a two-day visit of Kigezi region starting August 22, 2019.
Oyo’s trips is intended to “further strengthen the ties between Tooro and Kigezi given the historical relations between the two regions,” according to Julius Mucungizi, the spokesperson of the organising committee.
The visit is organised by the International Community of Banyakigezi-Uganda Chapter, an association of people from the greater Kigezi region in the diaspora and the Banyakigezi-Rwenzori Association.
The two groups are supported by the leadership of Kigezi region.
This Thursday, Oyo will be received at Satellite Hotel Rwahi at the border between Kigezi and Ankole.
He will thereafter visit the home of the legendary Munyakigezi elder, the late Paul Ngorogoza.
It was during Ngorogoza leadership as an administrator in colonial Kigezi that the push for people from Kigezi, notably, the Bakiga, to go to Toro to look for land due to population pressure in Kigezi, was actualized in 1954.
The land in Toro was given to Banyakigezi free of charge by King Oyo’s grandfather, Rukidi. Currently, there are hundreds of thousands of Banyakigezi resident in Toro.
King Oyo will on Friday have a conversation with young people from different schools and tertiary institutions from Kabale Municipality at Agaba Hall in Kabale town.
King Oyo being a UN ambassador on combating HIV, is expected to deliver a key message on prevention and responsible living.
There will also be discussions about innovation and youth entrepreneurship.
Later that Friday evening, there will be a bonfire-like campside-like dialogue also known as ‘ekigaaniiro’ involving King Oyo, elders and youngsters from Kigezi and Toro in the lush gardens of White Horse Inn, one of the oldest and historical hotels in Kabale.
The Kigaaniiro will also involve reciting riddles, emigane or storytelling, okucwa enfumu/proverbs and playing traditional instruments such as enanga/harps, endingidi and drums.
King Oyo and his delegation are expected to also visit Make Bunyonyi to appreciate its scenic beauty before departing on Saturday.
The trip comes just days after Ndorwa West MP David Bahati visited the area where he donated computers to a rural school, ironsheets for churches and mobilise the community to engage in self-help projects.
He also presided over the launch of Airtel masts in the area, ending reliance on Rwanda telecom services.