A Ugandan monarch, His Majesty The Omukama of Tooro, Oyo Nyimba Kabamba Iguru Rukidi IV has returned from successfully summiting the highest peak in the Rwenzoris, becoming the first monarch to do so.
According to a post by Uganda Wildlife Service, the King’s expedition is intended to raise awareness about the impact of climate change and highlight the need for the much-needed quick #ClimateAction.
His expedition also aims to promote the Rwenzoris as the best destination for mountain climbing in the world.
Upon his return from the Rwenzoris, His Royal Highness, Omukama Oyo Nyimba Kabamba Iguru Rukidi IV was received by Uganda Wildlife Authority, Finance Director, Jimmy Mugisa on behalf of the Executive Director.
Also, there to welcome him back was Queen Best Kemigisa Akiiki, the Queen Mother alongside other officials from Tooro Kingdom, United Nations Development Programme – UNDP, and Uganda Tourism Board-UTB.
“We would like to congratulate His Majesty The Omukama of Tooro for choosing to explore Uganda’s highest peak, Margherita in the UNESCO-listed Rwenzoris (5,109 metres).”
Also, Commenting on the feat achieved by the monarch, Chief Executive Officer, Uganda Tourism Board, Lily Ajarova said: “On behalf of Uganda Tourism Board-UTB, I wish to congratulate His Majesty King Oyo of Tooro Kingdom for successfully summiting Rwenzori Mountains after a 10 day trek.
“He becomes the first cultural leader to make it to the top of Rwenzori Mountains.
“I was honoured to be among the team that welcomed him back from the trek, which included the Queen Mother Best Kemigisa, Amos Wekesa among others.
“The King’s Summit is part of the activities aimed at raising awareness on the need for sustainable tourism development and environmental conservation.
“Once again, I am very thankful to the team behind The Royal Expedition 2022, from Tooro Kingdom, United Nations Development Programme – UNDP and other stakeholders in the tourism sector.” She said.