KABAROLE, Uganda, April 16 (Xinhua) -- At three and half years, Oyo Nyimba Kabamba Iguru Rukidi IV ascended to the throne succeeding his father to become the 12th ruler of the over 180 year old Kingdom of Toro, in western Uganda.
His ascending to the throne in 1995 made him the youngest ruling monarch and went down in the Guinness Book of records taking the place of King Mswati of Swaziland who was crowned at 18 years of age.
After turning 18 on Friday, Ugandan law stipulates that King Oyo qualifies to be an adult and is capable of making independent decisions without necessarily depending on his regents.
James Murungi, his minister for protocol told Xinhua in an interview that from now onwards the teenage king would decide on cases brought before him by his subjects who total to about two million people.
“For long the people of Toro have prayed for their King to become of age so that he takes charge of his kingdom instead of depending on regents,” he said. “In Toro, it means a lot. The King was enthroned at three and half years which has never happened in the history of Toro. We have seen him grow up to this age of 18. To us this is historical,” he said.