Tooro Bishops Boycott King Oyo’s 20th Coronation


Bishops in Tooro Kingdom who have been spearheading the mediation of King Oyo and rebel king David Kijanangoma have boycotted the monarch’s 20th coronation anniversary.

The colourful ceremony was held at Oyo’s palace in Fort Portal on Saturday.

In what appears unusual, decease drug the four bishops in the region who always attend King Oyo’s coronation anniversaries or send representatives, decided to shun the event.

Normally, all the kingdom ceremonies are presided over by the Bishop Rwenzori Diocese but this time the function was led by Pastor Amos Kahwa Bright – the Western Uganda Field secretary.

According to analysts, the top clergy could have boycotted the King’s coronation ceremony following a petition written by the Kingdom primer Hon Bernard Tungwako to President Museveni rejecting a team of clergy appointed by the head-of-state to meet several stakeholders on the issues affecting Tooro and conflicts between King Oyo and Kijanangoma.

While meeting stakeholders at state Lodge Njara in Fort Portal in July, President Museveni appointed four bishops of Tooro to spearhead the consultations on the main causes of the conflicts in the Kingdom.

The team included Rt. Bishop Reuben Kisembo Amooti as head, Fort Portal Diocese Bishop Rt. Robert Muhiirwa Akiiki, Bishop Jimmy Katuramu of UPCIU and Sheikh Abbibu Mande, former Tooro Khadi.


The team managed to meet some groups including that of Prince Kijanangoma but Tooro kingdom team rejected the committee before writing to President Museveni saying they would not appear before the commission.

At the State Lodge meeting, it was resolved that Omusuga Charles Kamurasi, the head of Babiito be replaced for causing conflicts in the kingdom.


Meanwhile, King Oyo used the celebration to demand government to speed up the return of Kingdom assets.

“I ask the central government to speed up the return of the kingdom assets. The kingdom cannot develop without the return of our property,” said King Oyo.

Tooro Youth group Amacumu N’ebitara trekked to Parliament and handed over a petition to the speaker Hon. Rebecca Kadaga demanding government to return their properties including chunks of land that were taken by central government when  president Milton Obote II abolished kingdoms in Uganda.

In his response, Prime Minister Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda who represented President Museveni at the event, said Tooro Kingdom property is being verified by the Attorney General.

He said, “Government is aware of your demands but the assets are under verification by the Attorney General. Once the verification exercise is completed, your assets will be handed over.”

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