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Tooro Reaches Climax of King Oyo’s 28th Coronation Anniversary :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Tooro Reaches Climax of King Oyo’s 28th Coronation Anniversary

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Richard Karozi, the ritual bearer and head of Kingdom regalia, explained in an interview with URN that during the final ritual, the King, as the head of the Kingdom, is taken to Muchwa, a traditional court, where he presides over nine cases.
14 Sep 2023 09:10
King Oyo Heading to the Royal court session at Karuziika to climax the Empango celebrations (1)
On Wednesday, Tooro Kingdom concluded the last cultural ritual, marking the climax of the empango celebrations.

The ceremony, an integral part of the kingdom's cultural heritage, is traditionally held at Karuzika Palace, the traditional court, presided over by the King, who is regarded as the most impartial, fair, merciful, and supreme judge in the land.

Richard Karozi, the ritual bearer and head of Kingdom regalia, explained in an interview with URN that during the final ritual, the King, as the head of the Kingdom, is taken to Muchwa, a traditional court, where he presides over nine cases. These cases typically involve domestic violence, incidents of indiscipline among Kingdom chiefs and ministers, petty grievances, and more, all reported by the ritual bearers from across the kingdom.

Karozi emphasized that only criminal cases are exempted from the King's court due to the introduction of formal court systems today. In the past, for matters of a criminal nature, individuals were remanded and later sentenced in the kingdom's correctional facilities.

Charles Kamurasi, the uncle of the reigning King in Tooro Kingdom Oyo Nyimba, known locally as Musuuga, highlighted the importance of the traditional court session in the cultural setup. He noted that it provides an opportunity for the King to share knowledge with his subjects and pass judgment on indiscipline chiefs, ministers, and other subjects.

Kamurasi added that after presiding over the court session, the King directs the line Ministers and chiefs to investigate the alleged grievances and report back to him on the progress. This process helps maintain law and order within the Kingdom. Patrick Kamulindwa, the youth minister of Tooro Kingdom, who attended the traditional court session, mentioned that the King cautioned the youth against laziness and encouraged them to report cases of land sales instead of using land as a mere resource, emphasizing its role in production.

The King also urged the youth to actively promote and preserve the rich Tooro Culture for future generations. Tooro Kingdom is celebrating 28 years since the coronation of King Oyo Rukidi IV. These celebrations are observed annually on September 12th, 2023 commemorating the King's ascension to the throne in 1995.

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