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HRH Ruth Komuntale the Batebe of Tooro would like to share my special position much unique from being a Queen Mother per se In the modern times unlike.Sometime around 1450 A.D, four brothers including a pair of twins, crossed the River Nile from North, entered Bunyoro and established what is came to be known as the Babiito Dynasty. Their mother, Nyatworo, was an Acholi and their father, Kyomya, was the last of the Bachwezi dynasty.

When they arrived in Bunyoro, They found a county without a ruler or King. Not contented with the small size of Bunyoro. The brothers dispersed. The second of the brothers and the older of the twins, Rukidi Mpuga, become the Omukama of Bunyoro. The second of the twins, Kato Kimera, founded the Kingdom of Buganda. Third, Kiiza, planted his roots in Busoga. The oldest Nyarwa, become the head of Bunyoro princes. That was the origin of the interlacustrine or the Great lakes region Kingdoms.

Around the mid-nineteenth century, Omukama Kyemba Nyamutukura was the ruler of Bunyoro Empire. His rule was a long one, and according to tradition, when a king had ruled for long time, he did not fight internal wars. The king had fathered many sons and daughters. On one occasion, he sent one of the favorite sons, Prince Kaboyo, to look after his affairs in today’s Tooro Kingdom. When the son arrived there, he cultivated favor with many of the king's Chiefs who expressed discontent concerning the king’s long reign and ineffective control of the Kingdom affairs. They convinced him to rebel against his father and form a break-away kingdom. The king did not declare war on his son. In fact, he said that prince Kaboyo should be handled carefully because he suffered from a weak chest! Those were the origins of today’s Tooro Kingdom

The kingdom of Tooro came into being about 1830 when the then prince Olimi Kaboyo 1 carried out successful secession fro Bunyoro-Kitara empire, which was under his father. since then the kingdom has gone through the hands of eleven Kings. The kingdom had initially been part of the Bunyoro-Kitara Empire, which at one time covered the western axis up to Karagwe in Tanzania. The real origin is not known but the Batembuzi started it, followed by the Bachwezi and later on by the Babito who are the current rulers of Bunyoro,Buganda, Toro and Busoga

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