Tooro Kingdom: A Sneak Peek
Tooro Palace, under rehabilitation with support of Libyan President Ghadaffi,
sits on top of a hill overlooking the Kingdom.

Tooro Kingdom: A Sneak Peek

A sneak peek at a resident of the "Mountains of the Moon".

By UGPulse Staff.
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First published: March 14, 2005


In the South Western part of the country, adjacent to the Great East African Rift Valley's western arm, at the foot of the magnificent Rwenzori ranges, the �Mountains of the Moon�, lies one of Africa�s oldest societies.


It is recorded that until the 1830s, Tooro was part of Bunyoro-Kitara, one of the ancient kingdoms in this region. In 1836 Olimi Kaboyo the son of Kyebambe III Nyamutukula of Bunyoro-Kitara, set up Tooro as an independent Kingdom. However, in 1867 Kabalega was crowned king of Bunyoro- Kitara and invaded Tooro under the reign of Nyaika Kasunga, the son of Kaboyo 1. Nyaika had just assumed power after killing his brother Rukidi I. British colonial era set in at the time as 1891 saw the arrival of Lugard with his intimidating Maxim gun. He promptly installed the young Kasagama as King Kyebambe IV of Tooro.

Abwoli Kansiime is from Tooro, she echoes nearly 90 percent of Batooro sentiments and mannerisms you come across on any given street, even with her university education. �Something deep inside me was moved beyond words,� she said. �When they said we now have our king, it was like my spirit was lifted way up and there and then the kingdom was a part of me.� Abwoli recalled the restoration of kingdoms in 1995 with a glittering face, voice stuttering and glistening eyes. A warm smile spreads all over her beautiful face as she falls back in deep thought. Approaching her mid forties now, Abwoli was in her teens when the Uganda government, under Milton Obote, abolished all kingdoms in 1966.

Libya�s President Ghadaffi has turned out to be a blessing to the kingdom under the reign of twelve-year-old King Oyo Nyimba Iguru. Ghadaffi has funded the rehabilitation of the palace plus additional contributions to this kingdom.

Those watching Ghadaffi in Tooro continue to miss the cue to what seems to be an earnest search of cultural rebirth. All the speculations are clouded in the stunning beauty of the Batooro, saying that he has been stricken by the exquisite looks of Tooro Queen Mother Best Kemigisa, romantically linking them together. She dispels the speculations saying that they just happen to be friends and that that is why Tooro now has a beautiful palace.


King Oyo's mother Best Kemigisa

Still recovering from years of neglect as a kingdom, the Batooro now face the same questions being asked by other kingdoms. Where to place these cultural institutions in Uganda's regional governments? Will it work and what will it mean for the Batooro?

By UGPulse Staff.
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First published: March 14, 2005
UGPulse Staff.