The Omukama of Bunyoro Kitara,Solomon Gafabusa Rukirabasaija Iguru will not celebrate his 28th coronation anniversary, the Kingdom has confirmed.
The coronation anniversary also known as Empango is observed annually on June 11, to commemorate the day Iguru ascended to the throne. Iguru was enthroned on June 11, 1994, following the restoration of kingdoms by the government.
According to Andrew Byakutaga, the Kingdom Prime Minister, the 2022 celebrations have been suspended because the Omukama (King) is unwell and undergoing treatment. However,he gave no details on what the King is suffering from.
Byakutaga said the Empango celebration requires the Omukama to sit for long hours and perform rituals, which cannot be possible when he is unwell. He, however, noted that the other activities such as royal prayers, the Empango Run, thanksgiving, exhibitions and bicycle competitions will go ahead to commemorate the day when the Omukama was enthroned.
The suspension of this year’s coronation anniversary means the celebrations have not taken place for three years consecutively.
The celebrations were suspended in 2020 and 2021 due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 Pandemic.