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Nyaika of Toro

Rukirabasaija Kasunga Kyebambe Nyaika was Omukama of the Kingdom of Toro, from 1866 until 1871 and following a brief period in hiding, from 1871 until 1872. He was the third (3rd) Omukama of Toro.

Claim to the throne

He was the fourth (4th) son of Rukirabasaija Kaboyo Omuhundwa Kasusunkwanzi Olimi I, the first Omukama of Toro, who reigned between 1822 and 1865. There is no mention of who his mother was. He killed his elder brother Rukirabasaija Kazana Ruhaga, in 1866, and ascended the throne by force.

Married life

Not much is written about the married life of Omukama Kyebambe Nyaika.


Omukama Nyaika is said to have fathered fourteen (14) sons, including the following:

  1. Rukirabasaija Nyaika Mukabirere Olimi II, Omukama of Toro, who reigned between 1872 and 1875.
  2. Prince (Omubiito) Mukarusa. He rebelled against his bother Nyaika Olimi II and seized Busongora in 1872. He was proclaimed Omukama under the title of Rukirabasaija Mukarusa Kyebambe V. He was defeated and killed in 1875, by the Bunyoro Army commanded by Chief Kikukule of Bugangaizi.
  3. Rukirabasaija Isingoma Rukidi II, Omukama of Toro, who reigned in 1875.
  4. Rukirabasaija Rububi Kyebambe II, Omukama of Toro, who reigned in 1875 and between 1877 and 1879.
  5. Rukirabasaija Kakende Nyamuyonjo, Omukama of Toro, who reigned from 1875 until 1876 and from 1879 until 1880.
  6. Rukirabasaija Katera, Omukama of Toro, who reigned between 1876 and 1877.

His reign

He was forced to flee when the Kingdom of Toro was invaded by an army from Buganda, in support of Kato Rukidi I, who rebelled against his uncle (Nyaika), briefly seized the throne and declared himself Omukama. After a few months, Kato Rukidi I was overthrown by his subjects and Omukama Nyaika returned to the throne.

The final years

Omukama Nyaika died in 1872.

Succession table:First time

Preceded by
Kazana Ruhaga
Omukama of Toro
Succeeded by
Kato Rukidi I

Succession table:Second time

Preceded by
Kato Rukidi I
Omukama of Toro
Succeeded by
Nyaika Olimi II

See also


External links

  • Genealogy of the Abakama of Toro

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