By Our reporter
The King of Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom has called off this year’s coronation anniversary celebrations (Empango) resorting to scientific due to the threat posed by the deadly corona virus.
The Omukama of Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom Dr. Solomon Gafabusa Iguru1 will on Thursday 11th June hold a thanks giving prayer service at St. Peter’s cathedral- Duhaga as part of the celebrations to mark his 26th coronation anniversary celebrations. The service is to be presided over by Rt. Rev. Samuel Kahuma Abwooli, the Bishop of Bunyoro Kitara diocese and to be attended by a handful of invited guests and covered by various media outlets.
Iguru is the 49th Omukama of Bunyoro kitara kingdom (Batembuzi, Bacwezi and Babiito dynasties), but the 27th Omukama from the Babiito lineage, the third dynasty to have ruled Bunyoro-Kitara.
Rukirabasaija Agutamba, ascended the throne on June 11, 1994 follow the restoration of monarchies after 26 years of no Monarchies which were abolished by former president of Uganda Dr. Apollo Milton Obote in 1966.
At the time of abolition, Iguru’s Father, Sir Tito Winyi Gafabusa iv, was the reigning king of Bunyoro. Most Banyoro, especially the royal family, knew Prince John Rukidi was the heir. This issue ended up in the high court of Uganda, which ruled in favour of Solomon Gafabusa Iguru. This was almost history repeating itself when Iguru’s great grandfather, Omukama Kamurasi Kyebambe (1852-1869), secretly named Kabalega as his successor upon his death in 1869, yet Kabigumiire, who was Kabalega’s elder brother, was the heir apparent.
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