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|Tooro Kingdom by Kenyans247(1): Thu 14, May, 2020 07:37am|
Tooro is one of the five traditional kingdoms located within the borders of Uganda. The current Omukama of Toro is King Rukidi IV. The people native to the kingdom are the Batooro, and their language is likewise called Rutooro.
It was founded in 1830 when Omukama Kaboyo Olimi I, the eldest son of Omukama of Bunyoro Nyamutukura Kyebambe III of Bunyoro, seceded and established his own independent kingdom. Absorbed into Bunyoro-Kitara in 1876, it reasserted its independence in 1891.
As with Buganda, Bunyoro, and Busoga, Tooro's monarchy was abolished in 1967 by the Government of Uganda, but was reinstated in 1993.
The Austrian painter Friedensreich Hundertwasser (1928–2000) spent some time there in the 1960s where he painted a number of works and named them after the kingdom.
Abakama of Tooro
The following is a list of the Abakama of Tooro since 1800:
Olimi I: 1822–1865
Ruhaga of Toro: 1865–1866
Nyaika Kyebambe I: 1866–1871 and 1871–1872
Rukidi I: 1871
Olimi II: 1872–1875
Rukidi II: 1875–1875
Rububi Kyebambe II: 1875 and 1877–1879
Kakende Nyamuyonjo: 1875–1876 and 1879–1880
Interregnum, reverted to Bunyoro: 1880–1891
Kyebambe III: 1891–1928
Rukidi III: 1929–1965
Olimi III: 1965–1967
in pretence: 1967–1993 (monarchy abolished)
Rukidi IV: 1995 (monarchy reinstated)
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