The King of Tooro, Oyo Nyimba Kabamba, yesterday started a week-long fasting in protest against what he perceives as attempts by the President to split his kingdom.
He is also fasting for the return of land and structures in both Rwenzururu Kingdom as well as Obudinghiya bwa Bwamba. The two cultural institutions were once part of Tooro Kingdom.
The king has reportedly been joined by members of the royal family in the fasting and kingdom subjects have been called upon to fast with the king.
“His Royal Majesty Oyo Nyimba Kabamba Iguru Rukidi IV, the King of Tooro, and the royal family today Monday 14, start a week-long prayer and fasting for peace in the kingdom and seeks the almighty God’s guidance at his palace (Karuzika) until Saturday 19,” a statement from the kingdom deputy information minister, Mr Vincent Mugume Araali, reads.
Mr Mugume added in his statement: “It should be noted that it is not the first time the king and the royal family have had such prayers. Long live the King of Tooro, long live the people of Tooro, long live Tooro Kingdom.”
Speaking at a recent function in Kyenjojo District, the kingdom prime minister, Mr Stephen Kaliba, said: “So far, the President has created Obudhingiya Bwa Bwamba and Rwenzururu kingdoms out of the greater Tooro Kingdom, forgetting that a king is born, not made.” He added: “Tooro caters for all institutions and tribes in this region. I wonder why the President has gone ahead to divide our kingdom into smaller units thus causing divisionism and tribal clashes.”
However, President Museveni told journalists at his country home in Rwakitura, Kiruhuura District recently that King Oyo “would shape up and be healthy” if he fasted. “If my son has decided to fast, I do not mind, let him fast. It will help him shape up and be healthy,” President Museveni said.
The President’s statement triggered demonstrations by Amacumu n’ebitara by’Omukama (Youths of the King of Tooro) in Fort Portal Town.
SOURCE: Daily Monitor