Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom has canceled this year’s coronation anniversary celebrations locally known as “Empango” owing to the Omukama Solomon Gafabusa Iguru’s Ill Health.
The celebrations held annually on June 11 commemorate the day the reigning King Omukama Solomon Gafabusa Iguru ascended the throne following the restoration of cultural institutions by the NRM government. He ascended to the throne in 1994.
Francis Ssewante, the Kingdom Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of information explained that Omukama Iguru was flown overseas for treatment and underwent an operation for a condition he did not disclose. He however maintains the king’s condition is not yet stable.
Ssewante adds that the “Empango” requires the king to sit for long hours and perform rituals, which cannot be possible under the circumstances.
He instead declared that June 11, 2014 will be a day of prayer throughout the kingdom to pray for Omukama’s good health.
This is the second time during Omukama Iguru’s reign that the Empango is being postponed. In 2006 the 12th coronation anniversary was called off due to financial constraints.
Meanwhile the termination has triggered mixed reaction among subjects. 60 year old Edward Isingoma, an elder and a businessman in Hoima town says the cancellation is absurd because it’s during such functions that Bunyoro Culture is hyped helping the young generation understand their roots.
Other members of the business community say they have missed out on an opportunity to make money.