King /Omukama Solomon Iguru I of Bunyoro Kitara kingdom, Uganda

King or Omukama Solomon Iguru I is the current reigning monarch of the Bunyoro Kitara kingdom in Uganda. Bunyoro kitara kingdom is a sub national or tribal kingdom that existed for centuries and was at one time the largest empire in East Africa the famous Bunyoro Kitara empire from 13th to 19th century. It is inhabited by the banyoro people who are a bantu ethnic group who are 800,000 – 1.4million in population.

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King /Omukama Solomon Iguru I and Queen /Omugo Margaret Adyeri of Bunyoro Kitara kingdom, Uganda

The current King was crowned on 11th june 1994 succeeding his late father King or Omukama Winyi IV and his second wife queen Getrude Komweru. He is the 49th king and 27th from the currently ruling Babiito dynasty. He enjoys much support from his people


Family

The Bunyoro kitara royal family

The King or Omukama in traditional Bunyoro language is married to Queen or Omugo Margaret Karunga Adyeri who is a princess of the neighbouring toro Kingdom, Uganda. Together they have two children. The king also has 9 older children. They include

  • Crown Prince David Rukidi Mpuuga
  • Princess Royal Daisy Masamba Nkwanzi
  • Prince Richard Businge Kitehimbwa
  • Prince Edward Budoli
  • late Princess Victoria Kabagabu
  • Princess Doreen Kezia
  • Princess Olive Kabasindi
  • Princess Daphne Kabatalesa
  • Princess Monica Bayoga
  • Princess Ruth Kasemiire
  • Princess Gertrude Komweru
Crown prince and princess royal of Bunyoro kitara
📷Source : private collection
The King during his wedding

Role

His role is mostly cultural and overseeing traditional matters in his development but at the same time commanding alot of respect from both his people and the government of Uganda. He is also involved in alot of development projects in his kingdom. The king oversees the traditional parliament of Bunyoro kitara that also has a budget that is allocated to activities and development of the kingdom. His official palace is Karuziika palace located at Hoima town, Uganda. His coronation or Empango anniversary is always celebrations every year on 11th june.

The ancient throne with the instruments of power and tradition that have been used for centuries
The roylas on the throne wearing the bark cloth that most tribes in Uganda used to wear before modern clothing. This stunned colonial European when they arrived in the 1800s
Karuziika royal palace, official residence of HM King /Omukama Solomon Iguru i of Bunyoro kitara kingdom and family.
📷Source : Robert Tumusiime /twitter

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