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The “long overdue” need to regain the lost glory of Tooro is taking good shape and now we have the chance to rise and shine again. Preparation for a mega Tooro people’s conference slated 22-23 December with a theme “BUILDING THE PEARL OF THE PEARL: TOORO” are in high gear. All the stakeholders, including the Tooro elders, political leaders, business people, Tooro kingdom leaders are committed to this mighty undertaking, in order to see Tooro at the top again. Now, the question remains — How can we regain and even surpass our lost glory? It’s a bit difficult to touch every aspect and explain as an answer here but using my limited knowledge, I believe we need to focus on three things;

  1. Learn our true history: The truth is most of us don’t even love our motherland and we have little knowledge about it. We need to understand that a developed Tooro is a symbol of our identity and pride.
  2. Change the mindset of the people: The minds of many people in Tooro are “occupied territories” nurturing laziness, fear, anger and hate. I believe we need to drop feelings of hate, be hardworking and get back to one point of being united in order develop our region.


  1. Take actions at every level: While reminding ourselves of the past glories is important, what is more important is to take inspiration from that and take REAL action, to change the mess we are in at the moment. So yes. Tooro people —We need to change. And we need to hold ALL our elected representatives accountable for their actions.

Remember, an error doesn’t become a mistake until you refuse to correct it. To make progress and regain and surpass our lost glory, we all need to start acting now. Should we mean it, we shall gain it, “OUR GLORY”. Kenneth Apuuli

What is a Bunyoro year?
A typical year in Bunyoro was divided into different months and it was quite clear what work had to be done these months. Every month had work which was considered to be done during that month.

January (Igesa)

This is a month which is considered to be a month of harvesting millet. Most of the farmers who have millet gardens where busy harvesting their millet. This month was considered one of the bussiest months because people would spend the whole day in the gardens. Women and childern spent days in the garden harvesting millet.

February (Nyarakarwa)

During this month of February no much work was done because people where done with harvesting and had to let the land rest for some time. So basically no work was done.

March (Ijubyamiyonga)

During the month of march women started preparing the fields for the planting of sesama. Women would take time to go and clear the gardens which had been chosen to be the ones where they where to plant sesame.

May (Rwenseizere)

May was also a month where people had no much work to do. Since it was a month where the sun was much and the land was dry people couldn’t do much work.

July (Ishanya maro)

During this month of July women would prepare fields for millet. This is the time they could clear the gardens in which they were planning to plant millet so it could be ready for the month where planting would take place.

August (Ikokoba)

August was the month of burning grass in the millet fields. After the fields where prepared and dug, grass was collected and burnt as a process of clearing the fields/ land for the coming time to plant. This was also mostly done by women and children.

September (Isiga)

September was a month for planting millet, this is the month when you would go around villages and find every house hold planting their millet. This month was when rains were expected to fall so every house hold would prepare well for this month.

October (Ijuba)

During this month millet was growing well and so was the weeds in the millet fields, so this was a month of weeding. People spent days in their gardens trying to weed their fields to stop the competition of weed and millet. No hoes were required for this time since it was done by use of only hands.

November (Rwensenene)

November was named after grasshoppers (ensenene). During this month grasshoppers could be found every where. Every woman was expected to catch nsenene for their husbands in order to get new clothes for Christmas. Alarms would be hard every morning by people who had seen nsenene in their fields inviting people to come catch grasshoppers.

December (Nyamiganura or Katuruko)

December was a month of rejoicing and festivities as there was little work to occupy the people. Women were mostly occupied by the work of preparing for Christmas.



May 2, 2019


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