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On the day of The Saint Apostle Philip and Saint Teophanes The Confessor, 11th (24th) October in the year of our Lord 2007, His Excellency, Right Honourable Dr Kiiza Aliba Emmanuel, The Prime Minister of The Kingdom of Bunyoro-Kitara informed us of one significant Royal Recognition on the behalf of His Majesty King Rukirabasija Agutamba Solomon Gafabusa Iguru I, The Forty-ninth Omukama of Bunyoro-Kitara, By The Grace of God.
Namely, at the proposal of the Prime Minister, His Majesty, having judged his work on the development of heraldry of The Royal House of Babiito of Bunyoro-Kitara, his counseling and merits while serving his Kingdom, decided to accept Reverend Father Deacon Nenad M. Jovanovich to be inducted a Member of his Kingdom by naming him a Munyoro and a Member of the Basiita Clan.
It is interesting to note that it is the Basita Clan’s traditional honour to serve as custodians of the Royal Drum, as the most important Royal Regalia of Bunyoro-Kitara, that is being sounded once a year, when the King himself strikes it nine times on the day of his Coronation Anniversary.
In the system of ancient Royal Recognitions of the Kingdom of Bunyoro-Kitara this is the second most important one, right after the knightly title of Omujwaara Kondo (Coronet Bearer), which is only awarded occasionally to the deserving, previously named Members of one of the fifty-two Clans of the Kingdom.
On this occasion, only three Members of the three Clans will be bestowed with the title of Omujwaara Kondo, those Clans having played a vital role in the defence of the legendary King Kabalega during chivalrous resistance to the British aggressors at the turn of the XIX century.
Ceremony of bestowing such Royal Recognitions will be held on 29th May (11th June) of the year of our Lord 2008, preceded by a formal dinner with His Majesty, all Clan Chiefs and other dignitaries of the Kingdom at the Royal Karuziika Palace in Hoima.
This celebration is taking place to celebrate the fourteenth Coronation Anniversary of His Majesty, when twelve meritorious persons will be accepted into the membership of the Clans. It is interesting that each of them will receive a special tribe name on that occasion.
The ceremony itself commences when the Prime Minister reads out the names of the awarded who are brought before The King by the Clan Chiefs in the presence of a host of people. The King then follows a special ceremony by which the acceptance of the aforementioned is approved.
A colourful feast then ensues, by which the Clan itself wishes welcome to its new Member.