June 16, 2014

Stand-off As Police Arrest Tooro Kingdom Youths

Rukirabasaija Omukama Oyo welcomes President Museveni to the Karuzika in Fortportal yesterday. The President had just arrived to attend the closing ceremony of the launch of Africa Queens and Leaders Network Conference last year.
Rukirabasaija Omukama Oyo welcomes President Museveni to the Karuzika in Fortportal. The President had just arrived to attend the closing ceremony of the launch of Africa Queens and Leaders Network Conference last year.

At least four people have been arrested as anti-riot police break up a demonstration in Fort Portal town. In the morning, Tooro Kingdom youths declared what they call a Dark Monday to protest President Museveni’s reference to King Oyo Nyimba Kabamba Iguru Rukidi IV as a boy.

More than thirty youths dressed in black and carrying placards converged at the Kingdom headquarters in Mucwa ready to march to Fort Portal town. They were however blocked at Maguru by anti-riot police commanded by the District Police Commander, Geoffrey Kaheebwa.

Kaheebwa ordered the youths to disperse, but they resisted. Police forcefully moved in and tore the placards and arrested four youths who were taken to Fort Portal police station. Those arrested are Herbert Mugisa, the Local Council 3 Chairperson for South Division in Fort Portal Municipality, Steven Ayesiga, Henry Kayondo and Bob Mugume Kaliba.

Some of the youths went to Fort Portal town and converged in the centre of town. They were joined by other residents of Fort Portal. The anti-riot police followed them and asked them to disperse but they refused.

By the time of filing this story, there was still a standoff between the police and the protesters, whose number has now increased. Some traders have closed their shops.

Recently, King Oyo complained about what he called the division of his kingdom to create smaller parallel institutions. His complaint and threat to go on a hunger strike followed the installation of Major Martin Kamya as a cultural leader for the Bamba-Babwisi community.

President Museveni was later quoted in the media as saying the Tooro King, whom he referred to as a boy, was free to fast as it would help him check his weight.

6 thoughts on “Stand-off As Police Arrest Tooro Kingdom Youths

  1. Go on the youth of Tooro, bad leaders on their exit usually begin scratching where it does not itch!

  2. It will only be a matter of time, than m7 will reap from what he has been showing 30 years and contiues to sow. The deluded pseudo sabagabe will live to the shock of his life with time.

  3. Uganda recognizes Kings meaning theier traditional and cultural practices should be acceptedv and respected meaning Museveni should desist from Calling the Tooro King a Boy

  4. Mr.museveni or whatever you call yourself or what you think of you are
    King Oyo was born with royal honour no just made or appointed

    what you did is traducement , its defamation and an absolute slander
    King Oyo’s mighty and power can go against your vindication benefits you may rely on

    M7 you must undo those words

  5. No the president was cracking jokes what was hard to understand. Besides its a fact Oyo is 23years old and the President about 67years old. Stop making a big issue out of something small

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