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Toro Prince laid to rest

By Rogers Sunday

Added 16th September 2016 07:51 PM

Mugenyi a brother to the former King of Toro the late Olimi Kaboyo was buried after 9 days of mourning as per the Toro cultural norms.

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Mugenyi a brother to the former King of Toro the late Olimi Kaboyo was buried after 9 days of mourning as per the Toro cultural norms.

The body of the fallen Toro Kingdom Prince Jimmy Mugenyi Atwooki has been laid to rest at his ancestral home in Maguru South division Fort Portal municipality Kabarole district.

Mugenyi a brother to the former King of Toro the late Olimi Kaboyo was buried after 9 days of mourning as per the Toro cultural norms.

The chief mourner President Yoweri Museveni in his message read by the justice and constitutional minister Kahunda Otafire described the late Mugenyi as a man who worked hard to make other people’s lives happy.

The president also described Mugenyi as a peace loving man who believed in unity.

“As a gallant son of Uganda and Toro in particular, Mugenyi has left a very big gap not only in the royal family but in the entire society that he lived and served” Museveni said.

During burial Charles Kagaba a member of the royal family decried the disunity and lack of harmony within the royal clan. “In Toro culture a King is a uniting factor who should know his people and what they want. It is unfortunate that our culture which is very important is dying out” Kagaba said as he criticised the lack of cooperation and coordination within the royal family.


Kagaba said “let Prince Mugenyi’s death be a uniting factor for all the people of Toro. We the royals are going to mourn our fallen Prince for 3 weeks” Mugenyi said.
 

Kagaba said that Prince Jimmy had humility and that despite being a King’s son, he mixed very well with all people from different corners of life.

The widow Rose Penelope said that her husband died at a time when he was fighting for his property which he inherited from his late father.Penelope said that the lack of cooperation and harmony within the royal clan partly contributed to her husband’s death.

“Having lived in London for quite some time, Mugenyi passed on at a time when he was struggling to get the properties he inherited from his dad the late Sir George Rukiidi” the widow said.

Princess Elizabeth Bagaya praised the role played by the late Prince Jimmy Mugenyi in the succession of Toro Kingdom.

 

“Mugenyi was the second in succession to the Toro Kingdom throne. Because of his position, he sacrificed a lot for Toro Kingdom as an institution” Bagaya said.Born on the 3rd October 1948 Mugenyi went to Kyebambe Primary School, Kings College Budo for Ordinary level education and later Nyakasura School for his advanced education.

As a qualified accountant, Mugenyi worked at the Church Missionary Society in London until his retirement.

Mugenyi survived by a widow and four children. He died of diabetes.

 

 

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