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Baruuli - Banyala Chiefdom (Uganda)

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The Baruuli are a Bantu ethnic group native to Buganda, a sub-national kingdom in Uganda.  They share a common ancestry with the Banyala.  The Cultural Leader (King) of the Baruuli is H.R.H. The Isabaruuli.  The chiefdom has an area of 3,510 square km with a population of approximately 232,000.
John Duncan McMeekin, 25 July 2015

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

Baruuli - Banyala Chiefdom flag

  image sent by John Duncan McMeekin, 18 Oct 2011

The scan above shows the coat or arms of the Baruuli-Banyala Chiefdom in Uganda.  This emblem is also to be found on their flag.   The flag is a horizontal  tricolour of dark green, yellow and light blue with a white oval containing the Arms in the centre.  The flag and emblem date from August 2005.
John Duncan McMeekin
, 18 Oct 2011 and John Duncan McMeekin, 25 July 2015