King Oyo reshuffles cabinet
Tooro King Oyo Nyimba Kabamba Iguru Rukidi IV has reshuffled the Kingdom cabinet.
In the reshuffle presented to the Kingdom Parliament on Friday afternoon by the Omuhikirwa Steven Kaliba, Kennedy Gusalire was appointed the new Kingdom Finance Minister. Gusalire replaces Francis Mugenyi who has been appointed Minister for Water and Environment.
King Oyo was present in the Rukurato Hall as the new cabinet list was being unveiled.
Former kingdom regent, Rev Richard Baguma was appointed Culture Minister, replacing Harriet Nyakake who is now the Minister of Clan Mobilization and deputy Kingdom Prime Minister.
In a surprise move, Amos Mugisa, the former kingdom premier, was appointed Minister for Palace Affairs. Mugisa’s appointment was greeted with murmurs from members of the Kingdom Parliament, the Orukurato. In 2012, Mugisa resigned accusing palace officials of interfering in the Kingdom administration.
Before his resignation, Mugisa was humiliated when he was dragged out of his office by police detectives and taken to Fort Portal police station, where he was briefly held on accusations of embezzling kingdom funds amounting to 65 million shillings.
When Kaliba read out the name of the new finance minister, there was applause from King Oyo and members of the kingdom parliament. Mugenyi has often been accused of failing to pay kingdom staff and failing to account for funds accruing from the sale and lease of Kingdom assets like land and buildings.
Kaliba also appointed new members of the Kingdom land board, who were later approved by the Orukurato. For close to one year, the kingdom lacked a land board which stalled the collection of revenue from squatters on kingdom land.
During the meeting, Princess Elizabeth Bagaya, a paternal aunt to King Oyo, presented to the Orukurato a copy of the amended kingdom constitution, which will be discussed in the next session. In 2012, King Oyo suspended the constitution and appointed a committee headed by Bagaya to amend some of the clauses.
In his short speech, the King said that since the Orukurato is the basis on which the Kingdom exists, he directed the speaker Saul Mugasa and the prime minister to have members sit after every three months.
Here is a translation of King Oyo’s address:
“This parliament is the foundation of this kingdom. Therefore I direct the speaker and the prime minister to ensure that the kingdom parliament sits and deliberates after every three months. We have to fulfill our responsibilities as leaders in the Kingdom. There is a lot we have to do and therefore we have to take big step. Let us work together to build Tooro Kingdom.”