Pictorial: Oyo stirs Bunyoro at Gafabusa coronation

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Youth flattening themselves in front of Oyo as Gafabusa and his wife look on

Tooro Kingdom’s young King His Royal Majesty Oyo Nyimba Kabamba Iguru Rukidi IV caused quite a stir in Bunyoro at the 25th Coronation Anniversary of Omukama Solomon Gafabusa Iguru.

Oyo being received by elders

Oyo who arrived in a convoy of dark tainted glass posh rides, was received by elders in Bunyoro while youth donning bark-cloth were seen flattening themselves to the ground to greet the young monarch. 

Oyo being received

He was then seen seated beside the Bunyoro King or posing for pictures while royal subjects kneeled or prostrated themselves in front of him.

Dubbed “Empango 2019”, the celebrations took place at the Karuziika Royal palace in Hoima District on Tuesday June 11, 2019.

Empango 2019 is an annual event to mark the ascension of the King to the throne.

His Royal Highness, Dr. Solomon Gafabusa Iguru, the reigning Bunyoro King, ascended the throne on June 11th, 1994, following the restoration of kingdoms by the Government.

This year marks the Omukama’s 25th coronation anniversary.

Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga presided at the Silver Jubilee celebrations of the coronation of Omukama.

The Speaker is represented President Kaguta Museveni who was originally the chief guest.

Earlier, thousands of Bunyoro-Kitara Kingdom subjects and well-wishers participated in the fourth edition of the pre-empango marathon on Saturday morning in Hoima town.

Speaker Kadaga representing Museveni

The 23km marathon flagged off by Omukama Solomon Gafabusa Iguru was one of the activities organised to mark the 25th Empango (coronation) anniversary.

The proceeds will be used to purchase a human blood analyser machine for Kiryandongo district hospital.

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