Grades of the Order
The Order shall consist of a single Grade:
Member of The Order of the Omujwaara Kondo; recipients of the Order – called collectively Abajwaara Kondo – are entitled to a breast star, which hereby replaces the coronet – the ekondo – that was traditionally granted. The ancient tradition of also awarding the recipient elaborate beaded headdresses, with fringes or 'beards' of colobus monkey skins, is also abolished in favour of the aforementioned modern breast star. However, the Grade shall be split into two classes – Class I and Class II.
Shall be reserved for reigning sovereign’s heads of state, and royals who are recognized as such by the current government of the country wherein their ancestors ruled.
Shall be open to all persons.
- Although the Order was traditionally given only to males, as of the Appointed Day, both males and females may receive the honour. Persons who are admitted to the Order may use the title of Omujwaara Kondo as a prefix to his or her name. If male, a person who is admitted to the Order may informally also use the equivalency title of Knight as a prefix to his name, but the word Knight should be in parentheses to denote that the official title is Omujwaara Kondo. If female, a person who is admitted to the Order may informally also use the equivalency title of Dame as a prefix to her name, but the word Dame should be in parentheses to denote that the official title is Omujwaara Kondo. All recipients are also entitled to the style of “The Honourable” as a courtesy. If the recipient is a subject or citizen of a country which prohibits the use of titles either in general or titles from other countries, the title may be considered as honorary in nature. An honorary title under this definition is afforded the same precedence as a non-honorary title of the same within the Order. Thus, the formal name and style for a male Member admitted to the Order is The Honourable Omujwaara Kondo First Name Surname. An informal acceptable variant is The Honourable Omujwaara Kondo (Knight) First Name Surname. Similarly, the formal name and style for a female Member admitted to the Order is The Honourable Omujwaara Kondo First Name Surname. An informal acceptable variant is The Honourable Omujwaara Kondo (Dame) First Name Surname.
- Furthermore, historically the Abajwaara Kondo, once ordained to that honour, were forbidden from eating potatoes, beans or other vegetables regarded as common foods for the remainder of their lives, similar to the ancient food customs of the Omukama. As of the Appointed Day, this restriction is forever lifted, and recipients may eat the food of their choosing in perpetuity.
- Historically, recipients of the Order were believed to be given mahano, which is spiritual power or a divine mandate, as well as authority of lands within Bunyoro-Kitara Kingdom. Both traditions are revoked as of the Appointed Day, as Members are neither awarded a spiritual mandate nor any land within the Kingdom of Bunyoro-Kitara.
Qualifications for Membership in the Order
- makes a declaration to comply with the provisions of the Royal Charter, the Statutes, and the Regulations and Rules of The Order of the Omujwaara Kondo. This requirement may be waived by His Majesty the Omukama;
- agrees to attend an Empango ceremony in Bunyoro-Kitara Kingdom within five years of receipt of the award for the original grantee. This requirement may be waived by His Majesty the Omukama;
- has performed or is prepared to perform good service for The Order of the Omujwaara Kondo and its objects and purposes in accordance with the Motto of the organization; or
- has acted conspicuously in a manner which furthers such objects and purposes; and
Family of Bunyoro-Kitara. This does not mean that persons less than 25 years of age cannot inherit the honor.
These are automatic disqualification criteria for candidates!
- False or fake aristocrats,
- False or fake titles of nobility,
- False or fake awards / honors / orders, etc.
- False or fake academic title,
- Degree Mills, etc.