Chairperson complains about Tooro premier
The rift between Tooro Kingdom and Kabarole district local government has deepened with the district LC5 Chairperson writing to the King of Tooro, Oyo Nyimba Kabamba Iguru Rukidi IV about the conduct of Steven Kaliba, the Tooro Kingdom premier.
The disagreement between the two institutions started after the district local government accused the Kingdom administration of failing to remit money for the occupation of two buildings housing Makerere University Fort Portal Campus.
The district claims that the kingdom agreed to remit 50% of the rent from the two buildings to the district, since the buildings belong to the district.
In a letter written by Richard Rwabuhinga, he accuses Kaliba of feeding King Oyo with lies and creating a rift between the district leadership and the Kingdom. Rwabuhinga says that Kaliba misinformed the King and members of the Kingdom parliament, the Orukurato that the district council had passed a resolution banning people from singing the Kingdom anthem at functions and in schools until the kingdom remits the money.
In his speech during the Kingdom Orukurato held on February 28th attended by King Oyo, Kaliba accused the district council of disrespecting King Oyo. Kaliba alleges that during the district council sitting, some councilors insulted the King, the Queen Mother and other kingdom officials for failing to honour the agreement to remit the money.
In the letter, a copy seen by Uganda Radio Network, Rwabuhinga states that the utterances made by Kaliba were false and implied that the district leadership was rebelling against the Kingdom. He says that there was no resolution passed to ban the kingdom anthem.
Rwabuhinga also states in the letter that the district is ready to negotiate the matter amicably with the Kingdom authorities to ensure that they co-exist peacefully for development of the kingdom and ready to work together.
But in a telephone interview, Kaliba says that he stands by what he said. He accused the district for trying to grab the Kingdom’s property. He also reiterated his earlier stand that there wasn’t any agreement signed between the Kingdom and district that the Kingdom should remit funds to the district.
The shaky relationship between the Kingdom and the local government dates back in 2009, when Tooro kingdom evicted the leadership of Kabarole district local government due to outstanding rental arrears. The then kingdom premier, the late William Nyakatuura wrote to the district asking them to pay and leave. Nyakatuura said at that time that the district owed the kingdom over 12 million shillings in rent arrears.