VISIT KARUZIIKA ROYAL PALACE HOIMA

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KARUZIIKA ROYAL PALACE HOIMA

Karuziika Royal Palace is the official residence of the King of Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom, the reigning King is His Royal Majesty Dr.Solomon Gafabusa Iguru 1, the Queen of Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom is Omugo Margret Karunga Adyeeri, Karuziika Royal Palace is located along Rukurato Road in the heart of Hoima Municipality. It is guarded by the Omukamas Royal Guards as provided by the government,

A visit to the Omukama’s palace at Karuzika introduces you to the history of Bunyoro and her people. Inside the palace is the Bunyoro Royal regalia museum called Nyamyarro. This is where one can see the over 1000-year-old traditional throne. The throne has nine legs, ivory tusks, ceremonial spears, ancient arrows, various types of traditional crowns and musical instruments, among other artifacts. The floor is covered with lion and leopard skins and backcloth. Because of its sanctity, all visitors entering the royal throne room must remove their shoes

The setting of the Karuziika Royal Palace is so spectacular with numerous traditional hurts building inside and each ancient traditional hurt has its own cultural ritual importance attached to it. Important buildings inside the Karuziika Royal Palace do include but not limited to the following though some have since been not constructed ; Karuziika, Kabagarama, Rwengo, Kadebede, Kapeka, Icwamitwe, Kaitabadoma, Munkambi, Bakutumaki, Kapanapa, Kasenda, Kidoka, Kihukya, Kacwabwemi, Rwenyana, Karuhonko, Kabarwaire, Kyambukya, Kyokya, Ibandiro. There were others courts eg Nyamagambo which was used for secret talks and Bamwenagaho was used for meeting people from other countries or regions or Kingdoms, others halls inside the palace are Rwabagara, Kaiohya, Barwara, Kyarubanga, Binyonyi, Kitanga

Notably,Muchwa Hall is an important court and it is used by the Batebe (the Head of Princess) and the Babiitokati, then Kyakato belonged to Kato Kimera who rebelled against Rukidi 1 went to Buganda and declared himself King there, Kitogo belongs to the Okwiri who is the head of the Princes. The rest include Kamurweya, Kacwa Magosi, Rwemigo for the Bajwarakondo, Kasenda, Akakoma, Mugabante (the main gate), Manywayo etc

As earlier stated visiting Karuziika Royal Palace is a wonderful experience inside the Palace you will be treated to the optical view of the following cultural items,

The Royal Drums
The Nyalebe and Kajumba were left behind by the Bachwezi and Tibamulinde once belonged to Ruidi 1 Mpuga. There are also the following drums; Musesegwa, Mwiganjura originally belonged to Duhaga 1, Galisoigana originally belonged to Kyebambe 111 Nyamutukura, Rugonya originally belonged to Nyabongo 11 Mugenyi, Aramutanga originally belonged to Kyebambe 1V Kamurasi, Mugarra Nganda originally belonged Chwa 11 Kabalega, Mpumuro originally belonged to Duhaga 11 Andrea Bisereko, Kalembe originally belonged to Winyi 1V Tito Gafabusa

The Military Drums
Nyalebe was left behind by the Bachwezi as already stated above other military drums do include the following, Kaijwire, Nkukumba, Nyambaga, Nyakangubi, Asindika ekitagenda, Macalya, Balyoga, Nigwaka, Kabatembe, Ntajemerwa, Kaliba Katoito. The Batebe (Official sister to the King and head of the Babiitokati-Princesses) also has a military drum called Asarra owabu azikiza), the Okwiri (the head of the Babiito) also has a military drum called Runyanya, the one for Bamuroga is called Kanumi

The Royal Chairs
The Nyamyaro originally belonged to Rukidi1. This is found in the sitting room of the main house (Karuziika), Kaizireokwera was left by the Bachwezi and stays in a room known as Nsika in the Karuziika Palace. Kabwizi was left by the Bachwezi and the Maherre was also left behing by the Bachwezi

The Royal Spears
Kimuli Kyokyamahanga was left behind by the Bachwezi
Kinegena was left behind Bachwezi
Maherre was left behind by the Bachwezi
Katasongerwa mukuru atahwita was left by the Bachwezi

The Spears of the Babiito do include the following,
Kaitantahi, Galengera, Dabongo, Goti ati or Goti Goti,Kaizireigo found in the sitting room of Karuziika, Nyamuhaibona Enganzi y’Okwezi, Kirazankamba, Mutasimburwa

Other regalia to glance your eyes at the Karuziika Royal Palace do include the following;
Rwobusungu-The Chief Crown or Coronet it belonged to Rukidi
Kasunsu Nkwanzi-also used to belong to Rukidi
Karamaire also used to belong to Rukidi
Kabindango also used to belong to Rukidi
Nyamiringa-This is a shield which belonged to Rukidi

There is also Nyapogo obuta, Ndayampunu omufuko, Busutama Empirima(Sword)

Kaguli Kidukuru once belonged to the Abachwezi
Nyamutungwa Kisabu once belonged to the Bachwezi
Mugaju
Kyamusika (jar)
Hurru, ebohera, Bagimbirwa
Kayanja (bowl)
Nyakabiito (bowl) Malere yugi water jar believed to have come from the sky
Rwendero – a string of beads also believed to must have come from the sky
Ziribayo- a abangle also believed to have descended from the sky
Biganja- the shoes which formerly belonged to the Omukama Rukidi
Kaliruga – a walking stick which is belonged to Rukidi too

While at Karuziika Royal Palace to not miss to have a glance at the “Enkoroto(Enkorogi)” the Kings cows traditionally these cows must be in each and every Royal Palace they provide Milk to the King, further as you enter the second gate inside the Royal Palace there is a traditiona akaswa in shape of an anti hill infront of Mugabante a lot of cultural performances are done on this anti hill in relation to the annual coronation festivities called Empango.

As you close on the second gate look at your immediate right hand side you will see a tree believed to be 500 years it is called Omugaiga takira munaku n’Omunaku takira mugaiga it is from this very tree that drumming sticks are cut and sent to other Kingdoms like Busoga Bunyara Buruli and other Kingdom. Also in Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom all drumming sticks are extracted from this very tree, according to elder Yowasi Isingoma no one is supposed to touch the sacred tree and women under going menstruation period aren’t supposed to come near it, also those who just had sex the previous night are supposed to touch it

Enjoy the beauty of Karuziika Royal Palace Enjoy Bunyoro

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