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Iteso Kingdom (Uganda)

Obuemorimor bwa Iteso

Last modified: 2022-04-16 by bruce berry
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The Institution of Traditional or Cultural Leaders Act 2011 was adopted in April 2011 by the Ugandan Parliament, passing into law the Bill which was published on 07
December 2010 as Bill No. 24 in the "Uganda Gazette", No. 72, vol. CIII.

The provision for emblems of Cultural Leaders is outlined in Article 19:
Symbols and seals of institution of traditional or cultural leaders.
(1) Institutions of traditional or cultural leaders may have flags, anthems, seals and logos.
(2) Flags, anthems, seals and logos of traditional or cultural leaders existing before the coming into force of this Act shall continue to be in use.

The list of the recognized cultural institutions and leaders is appended at the end of the Law, namely:

Ker Kwaro Acholi
Ker Alur
Obukama bwa Bunyoro
Buruuli Chiefdom
Obwakyabazinga Bwa Busoga
Obwakamuswaga Wa Kooki
Lango Chiefdom
Obusinga bwa Rwenzururu
Obwakabaka bwa Buganda
Teso Chiefdom
Tieng Adhola Chiefdom
Obukama bwa Tooro
Inzu ya Masaaba.
Ivan Sache, 17 Nov 2012

Iteso Kingdom flag

The Iteso Kingdom in Uganda has a new flag, the symbolism of which is as follows:

  • The bull represents the value the Iteso place on their cattle;

  • The morning star represents the wisdom embedded by the Iteso;

  • The blue stripe represents all the water bodies within the Teso Region such as Lake Kyoga, the Awoja swamp and Bisina etc.;

  • The yellow represents sunshine which is the source of energy and the light of life on Earth; and

  • Green represents the savanna vegetation which covers the region.

This was announced on their Facebook page on 23 January 2022.
Paraskevas Renesis, 17 Feb 2022

Previous Iteso Kingdom flag

image by Carlos Thompson, 20 Nov 2004

The Iteso Kingdom (Obuemorimor bwa Iteso) in Uganda had a flag which was a horizontal tricolour of yellow over medium to dark blue over red in the usual format.  The King is called H.M. The Emorimor of Iteso who belongs to the second largest tribe in Uganda called the Teso.
John D McMeekin, 20 June 2008