Tooro Renews Demand for Properties from Central Gov’t

Tooro Kingdom is up in arms again with its high ranking officials demanding the return of its assets from the central government.

The monarchy’s Youth Affairs Minister, Edward Kasaija said it was high time the Central government returned its properties, adding, “we have waited for too long.”

The demands were made during the 22nd Anniversary Coronation for King Oyo Nyimba Kabamba Iguru IV at his palace in Fort Portal on Saturday.

The Kingdom’s Premier, Hon Bernard Tungwako, said the delay to return their assets including land has hampered development.

“Our subjects expect development yet we lack funds which would have been generated from these assets,” said Tungwako.

The demands could ignite a fresh confrontation between Tooro Kingdom and the central government.

The development comes against the backdrop of Museveni’s warning to Tooro Kingdom Queen Mother, Best Kemigisa over illegal land evictions in Kabarole District.

Some of the property that Tooro Kingdom demands from government includes the County headquarters that are currently being occupied by districts in Kamwenge, Kyegegwa, Kyenjojo and Kabarole.

The assets were forcefully taken from kingdoms by the central government in 1966, when the then President Milton Obote abolished traditional institutions and made Uganda a republic.

At the time of the abolition, Busongora and Bwamba were part of Tooro Kingdom, but have since broken away to form their own kingdoms.

Local Government Cabinet Minister Col Tom Butime concurred with the monarchy’s officials, promising support for their demands.

“This is the right time to demand for these assets but we will have to team up with MPs from Tooro to advocate for them,” said Butime who hails from the area.

On his part, the King of Tooro Oyo Nyimba Kabamba Iguru strongly warned subjects against acts of tribalism and divisionism which he said would not be tolerated.

He called upon elders to foster unity and protect Tooro’s glory.

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