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His Majesty Rukirabasaija Agutamba Omukama Solomon Gafabusa Iguru I. was enthroned as King of Bunyoro-Kitara on June 11th, 1994.

After Dictator Milton Obote forcibly dissolved all the kingdoms of Uganda in 1967, including Bunyoro, it was questionable if another king would ever reign in Bunyoro-Kitara, a historic kingdom in the western part of Uganda. Thankfully, the Omukama (King) of Bunyoro-Kitara Kingdom was restituted by Statute No. 8 of 1993, enacted by the Parliament of Uganda after the monarchy had been abolished for many years.

Unlike the pre 1967 Omukama, who was both titular head and a political figure of the government of Bunyoro, the Omukama today is a cultural leader above partisan politics, although the King remands the titular head of the Bunyoro regional government.

This is codified in Section 8 of the Fifth Schedule of Article 178 of the Constitution of the Republic of Uganda (2005 Amendment).

King Solomon Iguru I’s mission is to give his subjects cultural leadership and to be a catalyst in the development process. His Majesty was enthroned in 1994 as the 49th Omukama of the Kingdom and 27th Omukama of the Babiito dynasty.

The kingdom is now protected under Chapter 16 of the Constitution of the Republic of Uganda, codified in 1995. Today, Bunyoro remains one of the five constituent kingdoms of Uganda.

One way that royals from many countries throughout the world have used to reward persons of merit or encourage support from their people is to honor people with medals, Orders, titles, and other ways of recognition. While the Kingdom of Bunyoro-Kitara already had the traditional award of the Omujwaara Kondo (Order of the Coronet-Wearer) as well as a system of chieftainships and nobility, persons not from Uganda are not familiar with the honors and titles that have existed in Bunyoro-Kitara for centuries. Therefore, it was deemed useful to create new Orders that had a more western influence that would exist alongside the traditional honor of Omujwaara Kondo.

This book serves as a historical record of these Orders, the persons who were honored with them, and it documents the evolution of these awards over time. It has been my absolute privilege and honor to serve as the person who wrote all of these documents, sent them for signature to His Majesty the Omukama, and ensured that the breast stars for each recipient were ordered and tendered accordingly. Though it requires a great deal of work, it also is immensely rewarding.

Royal Order of the Omujwaara Kondo

Royal Order of the Engabu

Royal Order of "The Most Honourable Order of Omukama Chwa II. Kabalega"