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Bunyoro Kingdom (Uganda)

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[Bunyoro flag] by John McMeekin, 7 Dec 2002 See also:

Bunyoro kingdom

Bunyoro is one of the traditional kingdoms of Uganda. According to "Nations Without States" the flag of the former kingdom is white, with 2 serrated blue lines*, and a red canton bearing a white drum surmounted by two crossed ?spears? (the description says "swords" but the line drawing shows spears).
* the serrated lines are shown as zigzags running the length of the flag for 2.5 repetitions (the first segment on upper line being
obscured by the canton, somewhat like:
/\/\/   but with the angles a bit less acute. The lower points on the bottom stripe touch the lower edge of the flag, and the upper points on the top stripe touch its upper edge.
Ned Smith, 17 Feb 2001

The field is light-cream with the same zig-zag stripes, the "Kondo Crown" (in the red canton) also should be altered as it does not resemble the original crown, below the crown is a chin-strap made from monkey-skin, crossed spears & a drum are below the crown. I will look out the drawing I made at the time.
Source: His Majesty, Omukama Iguru I  (before his coronation).
John D. McMeekin, 24 Nov 2002.

I believe that the flag must be the current one, slighty different from the previous flag but close to the older flag now. The older flag, from a document in the Flag Research Center based on a memorandum of the District Commissioner of Homia (15 Dec 1934) the flag is as pictured with arms in white lined black. The inscription was Obukuma bwa Bunyoro-Kitara.
Then, from a sheet annexed to a letter of the permanent secretary of Katikiro in Hoima, dated 27 Apr 1965, the flag was then already slighty changed in proportions (now 3:4 before 2:3) and several details, including the width of the zig zag stripes, blue fimbriation in the now white (previously red) square canton (before canton was 1:1,2). Royal drum is blue and maroon, lances maroon, with iron gold and red ropes, royal crown is argent and blue, headed of red, with "gorgerin" (neck-piece) W-B-W-B. The ribbon is yellow, and inscription say ABUKAMA BWA BUNYORO. This flag was used also as royal standard.
The image posted present some variations, and is closer to the old design. Inscription now is BUNYORO-KITARA. Canton is
Jaume Ollé, 22 Dec 2002

Bunyoro kingdom arms

[Bunyoro arms] scan by John McMeekin, 7 Dec 2002