Kitami on her throne recieving Murari. Some regalia such as a royal drum, spears, long sticks, milkpot stand (orugyegye) with objects of milkpots, gourds etc on it and a Council of Women sitting down in attendance. Some women attendants at the entrance to her court.Murari later married Kitami
By the time the Bashambo led by Murari from Ndorwa in present Rwanda re-established their rule in the Mpororo kingdom at the beginning of the 18th century, it was ruled by a warrior queen called Kitami kya Nyawera of the Baishikatwa clan. She had a royal drum called Murorwa.
Kitami kya Nyawera is said to have been a fat and beautiful lady. Her subjects who were mainly women saw her rarely. She was credited with extraordinary powers of divining and rainmaking. Rumours of her power circulated around the neighbouring lands, discouraging anyone from attacking Mpororo.
Legends say that a man called Murari was brought to her palace and she fell in love with him and they got married and produced a son, Kahaya Rutindangyenzi who later ruled over many parts of Mpororo, Kigezi, northern Rwanda and parts of Congo.
It is said that Kitami died mysteriously. Some say, she was stung by a bee and as a result Murari succeeded her. Others say that Murari forcefully removed Kitami and took over her throne.
As she was credited with supernatural powers, it is said that her death was held to be a bad omen and caused panic. Many disasters and unusual happenings such as earthquakes, epidemics and violent storms scared the inhabitants which caused many people to leave the kingdom.
Murari was equally scared and as a result, he built a shrine where Kitami’s spirit was worshipped by many followers which later translated into Nyabingi as a religious movement. The Nyabingi cult which sprang up in reverence of her spirit, subsequently developed into an anti-monarchical and anti-imperial force in southwestern Uganda and northern Rwanda and some parts of northern Tanzania at the begining of 20th century. It is presently followed in Ethiopea and the Carribean.