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Corridors of Power

By Vision Reporter

Added 26th April 2010 03:00 AM

King Oyo’s Bibles
Any girl aspiring to be the future queen of Toro Kingdom should know a Bible awaits her, as a gift from retired Bishop Eustace Kamanyire. At the Empango ceremony recently, the bishop handed to King Oyo a gift of a Bible from Archbishop Luke Orombi.

King Oyo’s Bibles
Any girl aspiring to be the future queen of Toro Kingdom should know a Bible awaits her, as a gift from retired Bishop Eustace Kamanyire. At the Empango ceremony recently, the bishop handed to King Oyo a gift of a Bible from Archbishop Luke Orombi.

King Oyo’s Bibles
Any girl aspiring to be the future queen of Toro Kingdom should know a Bible awaits her, as a gift from retired Bishop Eustace Kamanyire. At the Empango ceremony recently, the bishop handed to King Oyo a gift of a Bible from Archbishop Luke Orombi. The king also received a second one as a personal gift from Kamanyire. But well-knowing that the king will not need both Bibles, the elderly prelate added: “The second Bible is for a beautiful queen who will one day receive it.” The youthful king could not resist a smile.

M7’s first teacher
President Yoweri Museveni’s poor Luganda often amuses people, especially the famous statement he made during his presidential campaign in 2006 urging men to join cooperative societies initiated by women. He said:“Abakyala mukole obubina abasajja babuyingire.” Now, during King Oyo’s Empango celebrations in Fort Portal last week, he made a revelation that cleared the air. “The year 1954 was my first time to hear a person speaking Luganda. It was Archbishop Lesley Brown, a whiteman, who was preaching,” he said. Now we know why the President’s Luganda is wanting.

Monarch’s order
When King Oyo outlined the programmes he is going to focus on in the next five years, few people would imagine that the young king would assert his authority, until he gave his directives. He enumerated the people’s concerns over welfare of families in the kingdom, the plight of the elderly, disabled, women and the youth. “I direct the kingdom administration, clan leaders and heads to address these concerns,” he curtly read it out. This was the first royal directive and it attracted cheers from the guests.

Royal lessons
President Yoweri Museveni has been one of the guardians to the young king of Toro, Oyo Nyimba Kabamba Iguru Rukid IV. Oyo has now clocked 18 years and assumed full power over his kingdom. But during the Empango ceremony, the President continued to give the king advice on how to greet his subjects. Museveni waved to an enthusiastic crowd of subjects at the palace but Oyo who was obviously tired, could hardly lift his arms to wave alongside. Then Museveni was overheard telling Oyo that he should learn to wave to his subjects. Promptly, King Oyo raised his arm and waved to the crowd of his subjects.

Corridors of Power

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