Bunyoro kingdom loses chief

The late Bujenje County Chief in Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom, lay Canon Zakayo Byamaani.

The Bujenje County Chief in Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom, lay Canon Zakayo Byamaani has passed on.

According to Byamaani’s son, Mr Benjamin Aliija, his father died at his home in Bikonzi 2 Village, Bikonzi Sub-county in Bujenje County, Masindi District after a short illness.

Mr Aliija, who is also the Bikonzi 2 Village Chairman told our reporter that his father was first admitted to Hoima Regional Referral Hospital complaining of back pain and breathing complications before he was referred to Mulago National Referral Hospital where he was diagnosed with a lung problem.

He added that his father was later taken to Jaro Hospital in Kampala where he was also diagnosed with prostate cancer before being operated on and returned home on December 5, 2021 from where he was recovering.

However, Byamaani’s health deteriorated yesterday (Sunday) and passed on in the afternoon at the age of 96.

In its condolence message signed by the Omuhikirwa (Prime Minister), Mr Andrew Byakutaga, the kingdom commiserates with the bereaved family.

“The kingdom administration extends its sympathies to the family of the deceased. May the Lord comfort you in such a sad moment! May the Lord grant him eternal life,” the statement says.

Burial takes place tomorrow Tuesday, December 14, 2021, at his home in Bikonzi 2 village.

The late Zakayo Byamaani reads a newspaper.

Early life

The late Byamaani was born in 1925 and went to Ikoba Boys primary school before joining Kabaleega secondary school for his O’ level education.

He later attended Bukalasa Agricultural College where he graduated as an agriculturalist.

Byamaani served as a civil servant and in Bunyoro Growers Cooperative Union before retiring.

When kingdoms were restored in 1993, Byamaani was appointed Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom Chief in charge of Bujenje County in Masindi district, a position he occupied till his demise.


  1. Much as we are mourning the death of Omugurusi Zakayo Byamaani, we should also thank God for the life he gave him which enabled him to serve us all the years and for the life well lived. For us who had time to interact with the Omugurusi Omubongoya he was our encyclopedia. He was educative where ever you found him. I remember he almost beat one young man who called him Mzee. He asked him which “omuzee” did he have? He said he was Omugurusi not Mzee. He also told me that a village called Kaikuku in present day Kijunjubwa S/county was known as Kakuku from the word enkuku. So I learnt a lot from the late. My condolences to the family, the people of Bujenje, Bunyoro and the country at large. RIP Omugurusi Omubongoya Zakayo Byamaani.


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