Tooro Kingdom Mourns Passing of Princess

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The daughter of the late King of Tooro, David Kasagama Kyebambe III has died. Princess Agnes Bagaya Nkwenge Kakoko Abwooli passed away on Sunday at her home in Buheesi, Kabarole district. She was 90 years old.

The late Princess Agnes Bagaya Kakoko Abwooli
The late Princess Agnes Bagaya Kakoko Abwooli

Princess Bagaya was the only surviving daughter of the late King of Tooro, David Kasagama Kyebambe III.

She was also the youngest sister of Sir George David Matthew Kamurasi Rukidi III, the 11th Omukama of Tooro. Her death now leaves Prince Switzer Kaijamurubi, aged 84, the only surviving son of Omukama Kyebambe.

According to his son, Jubilee Kamara, Princess Bagaya has been battling Diabetes and hypertension. Last month, she fell into a coma.  In November her children and members of the Tooro royal family celebrated her 90th birthday anniversary.

Princess Bagaya was born in 1923 at the old King’s palace in Fort Portal, where she grew up and was nurtured. She later attained her education at Kyebambe Girls School where she completed her secondary education. She then worked as a nurse at Kabarole hospital.

In 1952, she got married to the late Bernard Kakoko. The deceased is survived by four children.

In a telephone interview, the Tooro Kingdom Prime Minister, Steven Kaliba described the deceased as a kind, hospitable and generous person whose love for the Kingdom was overwhelming. Kaliba says that after he was appointed Prime Minister, it was the deceased who advised him how to manage the Kingdom affairs.

Charles Kamurasi, the head of the Tooro royal family said that Bagaya was a disciplinarian who taught her children and siblings about the Tooro culture and norms.

He says that since she grew up in the palace, she also taught them how they should behave while in the King’s palace. He says that despite her age, the deceased spared time to counsel princess who were planning to get married.

In November last year, Princess Bagaya said in an interview that her granddaughter, Princess Ruth Komuntale’s marriage to Christopher Thomas was bound to fail, because she wasn’t prepared for the marriage.

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