Head Teachers in trouble over Banned Tooro Kingdom Anthem

Tooro Kingdom's King Oyo Nyimba Kabamba Iguru

Six head teachers in Ntoroko district face disciplinary action for allowing the Tooro Kingdom Anthem to be sang in their schools. They are Joachim Mugisa, head teacher Nyandhui   Primary School, Henry Ahura, deputy head teacher Nyakisi primary school, Hakim Mwesige acting head teacher Karambi primary school and Vincent Mutegeki head teacher blessed primary school. Others are Bernard Musinguzi, head teacher Mabale Primary School and Francis Businge, the deputy head teacher Nyamuhanga primary school.

In a July 14th written by Timothy Kyamanywa, the Ntoroko LC V chairperson, the head teachers have been ordered to appear next week before the district executive committee to explain why they shouldn’t face disciplinary action for defying council resolutions. Last year, Timothy Kyamanywa, Ntoroko LC V chairperson banned the singing of the Tooro Kingdom Anthem in schools in his district. While addressing primary and secondary school teachers in Karugutu Sub County, Kyamanywa said that by singing the Tooro Kingdom anthem, it meant that Ntoroko is part of the Kingdom yet it is not.

A week later, the district council passed a resolution banning the Tooro Kingdom anthem in all schools in the district. In August, while visiting Karugutu and Bweramule sub counties in Ntoroko district, King Oyo said that all schools in the district should sing the Kingdom anthem at every morning assembly. The King also hoisted the blue and yellow Kingdom flag at Bweramule Primary School and Karugutu Secondary School. Kyamanywa told our reporter in a telephone interview that it was agreed in a meeting with head teachers that the kingdom anthem shouldn’t be sang in all schools, and all the teachers agreed.

According to Kyamanywa, the six head teachers have been warned several times but failed to comply with the directives. In a telephone interview, David Asiimwe, the Ntoroko District Education Officer says that he is surprised by the actions of the district chairperson. Asiimwe says the district executive committee has no right to discipline teachers without consulting the education department. He also says that singing of the kingdom anthem doesn’t warrant any punishment of the teachers. However one of the teachers, Bernard Musinguzi says that since he is new at the school, he didn’t receive any formal communication from district authorities banning the kingdom anthem.  Musinguzi says that he will appear before the district executive committee to defend himself.

Tensions between Tooro Kingdom and local leaders in Ntoroko district started in July last year when a group named, the Anti-Tooro Kingdom’s Interference in Butuku emerged, claiming that Ntoroko district isn’t part of Tooro. The group warned Tooro Kingdom against extending its cultural values and influence to Butuku.  At that time, the group protested King Oyo’s proposed visit to the area. In August, when King Oyo visited Bweramule sub county headquarters, his security was beefed up after residents there threatened to block him

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