Above: the brevet of “Knight Grand Cross of the Most Honorable Order of Omukama (King) Chwa II Kabalega”
The kingdom of Bunyoro was established in the 16th century by Rukidi-Mpuga out of the northern portion of the Kingdom of the Songora also known as the Chwezi Empire or Empire of Kitara. At its height, the Bunyoro kingdom controlled the Great Lakes region of Africa, one of many small states in the region. The earliest stories of the kingdom having great power come from Uganda and Rwanda. During the first regime of Milton Obote, the Kingdom of Bunyoro initially benefited from regaining the two “lost counties” of Buyaga and Bugangaizi following a 1964 referendum. It was, however, forcefully disbanded in 1967. The kingdom, together with three others, Buganda, Busoga, Toro, remained banned during the regime of dictator Idi Amin (1971–1979) and the second regime of Milton Obote (1980–1985) and remained banned until 1993.
In 1993, the Kingdom was re-established and in 1995 the new constitution of Uganda was made, allowing and recognizing the Kingdoms. The current Kingdom covers the districts of Buliisa District, Hoima district, Kibaale District, Kakumiro District, Kagadi District, Kiryandongo District and Masindi District.
Bunyoro remains as one of the five constituent kingdoms of Uganda, being fully protected and legally recognized by the Republic.
Last month, HRH Prince Gharios El Chemor was recognized and honored by His Majesty the King (Omukama) of Bunyoro-Kitara with the rank of Knight Grand Cross of the Most Honorable Order of the Omukama (King) Chwa II Kabalega. Also, the Royal House of Ghassan was fully recognized by the Kingdom of Bunyoro-Kitara along with all the titles and Orders.
We would like to thank His Excellency Peter Gummersbach, Count of Mparo, Viscount of Kahoora, for the intermediation.
Watch this BBC documentary and learn more about the kingdom