The King of Tooro Kingdom Oyo Nyimba Kabamba Iguru Rukiidi IV, will today graduate in the United Kingdom.
King Oyo (21) will be awarded a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management at Winchester University in Hampshire 70 miles from London, where he has been studying for the past three years.
King Oyo left for London yesterday for the graduation ceremony accompanied by Queen Mother Best Kemigisa, Princess Ruth Komuntale, Oyo’s sister and the Batebe of Tooro and his personal assistant Jonathan Baguma.
In an interview with local media, Tooro Kingdom’s information Minister, Vincent Mugume, said that after the graduation, King Oyo will be hosted by the Batooro community living in the United Kingdom. According to Mugume, the Kingdom will also organize a party for King Oyo when he returns from UK in two weeks’ time.
Steven Kaliba, the Prime Minister Tooro Kingdom, said that since the King has completed his studies, he will personally oversee the development of his Kingdom and be close to his subjects. Asked if King Oyo will now permanently reside at his palace in Fort Portal as his subjects demand, Kaliba said that it will be Oyo to decide where he wants to live.
While he was pursuing his studies, King Oyo was being helped to rule the Kingdom by two regents, who included Rev. Richard Baguma and Epafura Mugasa.
Prior to his university education abroad, King Oyo spent two years in the United Kingdom attending Preschool. He then returned to Uganda and attended school at Aga Khan Primary School and then Kabira International School.
King Oyo’s education abroad was in the past criticized by some of his subjects, who argued that he should emulate his grandfather, the late Sir George Rukiidi and his father, the late Patrick Mathew Kaboyo who were educated in some of the prominent schools in Uganda like Nyakasura School in Kabarole and King’s College Budo.
Winchester University is one of the oldest universities in the United Kingdom. It was founded in 1840, based on a strong Anglican foundation.