The Buganda Parliament yesterday warned against the publication of stories about the kingdom’s baby prince Richard Ssemakookiro and his mother.
In a statement signed by the Katikkiro (prime minister) J.B Walusimbi, Buganda warns that it will no longer accept any apologies from anyone who intentionally or unintentionally talks about the prince and his mother.
“From today, I would like to clarify that nobody has the authority to say anything about issues relating to Prince Ssemakookiro and his mother, except the Kabaka through his Katikkiro,” reads the statement.
According to the document, issues about the Kabaka and his family are private and the kingdom will take legal action against any media house or person who infringes on them.
“It should be known that Kabaka Mutebi, like any other leader or person, has private issues that should not be published or speculated about.
“What is more hurting is that such false publications are motivated by financial gains. It is shameful and we strongly condemn it,” Walusimbi writes.
Ever since the prime minister announced that the Kabaka had had a son with an unidentified woman, the media has been awash with stories about the matter. New Vision and its auxiliary Luganda daily Bukedde got the story wrong when they published fake photographs of the prince’s purported mother.
They have since publically apologised to the king. The media debacle notwithstanding, Ssemakookiro’s birth has excited the Buganda royalists, many of whom have since lavished him with presents and continue to pray for his good health.
In addition to Ssemakookiro, Kabaka Mutebi has four other children: Prince Jjunju and princesses Joan Nassolo, Victoria Nkinzi and Sarah Katrina Sangalyambogo. But while the kingdom believes it is illegal to write about the person of the Kabaka, it should be noted that freedom of expression is an inherent human right that is provided for under Article 29 of the Constitution.
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