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Religious leaders join King Oyo in fasting

stronKabarole-stron Religious leaders from various districts in Tooro Kingdom on Wednesday visited King Oyo Kabamba Rukidi IV and declared their support to his ongoing fasting.

The clerics from different religious faiths flocked the king’s palace (Karuzika) to join him in prayers in his one-week fast which began on July 14 and ends this weekend.

They included Rev Erasmas Kisembo from St John’s Cathedral, Pastor Dickson Lubega of Christian Fellowship Cathedral and Pastor Alice Balinda from Ntoroko District.

Rev Kisembo encouraged the king to continue praying for peace in the kingdom.

Tooro Kingdom deputy information minister Vincent Mugume said the king dedicated time to meditate, pray and fast.

The kingdom’s youth activists under their umbrella association of Amacumu n’Ebitara also joined the king during the fasting for peace at the palace. King Oyo started fasting in protest of attempts by President Museveni to split his kingdom by allowing the crowning of Obudinghiya bwa Bwamba (Bwamba Kingdom) and the Obusinga bwa Rwenzururu (Rwenzururu Kingdom).

The two cultural institutions were part of Tooro Kingdom before kingdoms were abolished under the Republican Constitution in 1967.

King Oyo is also fasting for the return of land and structures in both Rwenzururu Kingdom and Bwamba to the Tooro Kingdom.

He was joined in the fasting by members of the royal family and the subjects were also called to fast with the king.

ptajuba@ug.nationmedia.com

SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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