Buganda Kingdom announces birth of prince born 2011
Kabaka Mutebi carries Prince Ssemakokiro in a photo the kingdom released yesterday.
By Abdu Kiyaga & Robert Mwanje (email the author)
Posted Wednesday, January 18 2012 at 00:00
In surprise move, Buganda Kingdom announced that the Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II has fathered a son.
“I have the pleasure to inform the entire Kingdom of Buganda that Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II gave birth to a baby boy in July 2011,”a statement on the kingdom website signed by Katikiro) John Baptist Walusimbi reads.
The baby prince, born to a mother of Nsenene (grasshopper) clan, was named Richard Ssemakokiro. Details of the mother were not available and kingdom officials were not willing to discuss the matter with the media.
In the Ganda culture, a prince does not belong to the father’s (king’s) clan but to the mother’s. This is because the culture demands that each clan should be in position to produce a king at a given time in case a reigning king dies.
The announcement, however, ignited debate among the Baganda on whether Ssemakokiro could be the Crown Prince. But officials in Mengo have dismissed such talk.
“All we can tell you is that he is the king’s son. In our culture, the Katikkiro is the one who announces the birth of a newborn prince and he has already done it,” Kabaka Mutebi’s press secretary Dick Kasolo told Daily Monitor by telephone last evening.
Kabaka Mutebi was born to Sarah Kisosonkole, whose sister Lady Damalie Kisosonkole was the Queen of Buganda (wife of Kabaka Muteesa II). Kabaka Mutebi has fathered five children.
Prince Jjunju Suuna Kiweewa
Princess Joan Nassolo
Princess Victoria Nkinzi
Princess Sarah Katrina Sangalyambogo
Prince Richard Ssemakokiro