Thousands of Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom Subjects Participate in Empango Run


  • Hundreds of Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom subjects joined the Empango run, flagged off by Prime Minister Andrew Byakutaga. The event, supporting Kibaale Health Center IV, is part of the celebrations for Omukama Solomon Gafabusa Iguru’s 30th coronation anniversary on June 11th. The run promotes fitness, unity, and cultural identity among the Kingdom’s subjects.

HOIMA, (Examiner) – Hundreds of Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom subjects participated in this year’s Empango run, which was flagged off on Saturday by the Kingdom’s Prime Minister, Andrew Byakutaga. The marathon drew participants from various districts within the Kingdom and serves as one of the pre-activities for Omukama Solomon Gafabusa Iguru’s 30th coronation anniversary, scheduled for June 11th at the Kingdom palace.

Byakutaga announced that the proceeds from the marathon will be used to purchase a delivery bed for Kibaale Health Center IV in Kibaale district. He praised the Kingdom’s subjects for their enthusiasm, noting that the run not only promotes physical fitness but also fosters peace and unity through social interaction.

Dr. Joseph Ruyonga, Member of Parliament for Hoima West Division, commended the subjects for their strong support of their King, while Patrick Okwairwoth from Kikuube expressed his participation as a gesture of love and respect for the monarch. Pius Wakabi, the Bugahya County Member of Parliament, encouraged the Kingdom’s subjects to engage in regular physical exercise for better health. Christine Kusemererwa, a resident of Hoima City, urged the subjects to continue participating in important Kingdom events to showcase their identity.

The Empango coronation anniversary, celebrated annually on June 11th, marks the day Iguru ascended to the throne. The event attracts thousands of subjects to the palace (Karuzika) and features various cultural performances, including dances, drama, and poetry recitals. Iguru, the 27th King under the Ababiito clan, first performed the coronation ritual on June 11, 1994, following the restoration of cultural institutions by the NRM government.

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