The king of Tooro His highness Oyo Nyimba Kabamba Iguru Rukidi 1V has asked the people of his kingdom and the country at large to protect wetlands and plant more trees to protect the depleted ozone layer.
Addressing his subjects at Karuziika the kingdom headquarters today September 12 2019, he said that it was the duty of every citizen to plant trees and protect wetlands which have been heavily degraded.
The world is now faced with global warming which has led to rise of temperatures. This has affected rain patterns that are unpredicatble and has caused floods in some countries while others have become deserts and have run short of water like Australia which is currently face with wild fires and water shortage.
Recently Fort Portal Municipality launched save River Mpanga which is a water source for not only the municipality but also other districts in the region.
He was cerebrating the 24 anniversary of his coronation. He thanked the central government for returning the properties of the kingdom which are found in areas that have been taken over by other kingdoms of Rwenzururu, and Bwamba.
King Oyo tasked the kingdom prime minister to establish a data bank for all educated youth in the kingdom which will help in identifying what they studied so that it would easy to get them jobs.
I ask you also to welcome investors in the kingdom so that they can put up industries which will create jobs and also to get bursaries for our children to further their education, he said.
The minister for local government Tom Butime said that the central government has allocated Shs 704 billion for infrastructure, agriculture and industrial development of the kingdom and so it was imperative that the kingdom has reached the state of take off.
The occasion was graced by ministers from the central government, foreign dignitaries, representatives from other kingdoms and Gen Mugisha Muntu among others.
President Museveni who was represented by the second Prime Minister Ah Hajji Kirunda Kivejinja called on the Batooro to preserve their cultural heritage and their language which are important in the survival of their kingdom.