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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“It should be known that Kabaka Mutebi, like any other leader or person, has private issues that should not be published or speculated about.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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+6 #1 JOHN KAYIKUUZI 2012-02-03 09:07
You r dictators. Dont take us back into the days of Kabaka Mwanga11 and what he did to religions.
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+1 #2 Herbert Dhee 2012-02-03 14:08
So if vision got the pictures wrong the first time, did they get them correct the second? Does this statement mean the 2nd picture is still not the real mother? Is the Kabaka so loose that his entire staff is worried about other false (or true) stories coming up?

Why not just clear the air about the "real" mother? Why inform us of the baby's birth 7 months after his birth? At this point we dont even care whether the Kabaka has and continues to sleep around and siring kids allover the country.

You should harness the Kabaka, and rebuke him for this lifestyle, then you wont have to "entertain" or "sue" the media houses. Thats their job...to dig up information for the masses per the rights stipulated in the constitution. By the way, I dont hear the prime minsiter "refuting specifically" the authenticity of the second pictures posted. What gives?
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+5 #3 Nkongih lll 2012-02-03 14:48
Come off it, J. B. Walusimbi .. you are not serious!! Uganda has a free and vibrant press that has every right to write anything it so wishes especially when what is being written is in public interest.

Do not, Mr. Katikiro, please, take us back to dark ages. You are terribly missing the strategy, Mr. Katikiro .. you are going to have to work with the press very closely if you and Buganda Parliament are to restore Kabaka's good image currently tarnished and in tatters.

Having let Kabaka down by revealing the birth of his illegitimate child, you are now trying to pick war with the press, a war you know that you just cannot win. The silence you are trying to impose will increase intrigue, gossip, chinese whispers and the grapevine with catastrophic consequences for Kabaka, Baganda and the Kingdom. My advice to you, Mr. Katikiro, is to be open and work with the press .. surely Buganda Parliament should have a 'public relations' specialist on its payroll!!!
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+5 #4 kabayekka 2012-02-03 15:30
Well then who took the cat out of the bag in the first place? Soon it is going to be against the law of Mengo to predict the next Kattikiro of Buganda. What a way to rule the innocent subjects of the State of Buganda!
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+2 #5 Apollo 2012-02-03 17:03
Katikkiro's statement should not be treated in isolation. The Kabaka has been and continues to be the principle target of an insidious plan to destroy the kingdom. Our tax resources are released by these evil people to shape public opinion aimed at disreputing the Kabaka with the ultimate objective or making the institution irrelevant. The Katikkiro is not gagging genuine inquest from people of goodwill, rather, he's putting a halt to a selfish and evil agenda by people that will do just about anything to destroy the Kingdom.
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+3 #6 Betty Long Cap 2012-02-03 17:03
"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." writes Polly Kamukama.

The Kabaka is caught between two world systems: primeval tradition and enlightenment. Tradition granted him the royal right of adultery, to pick his heir, and then put a royal cloak of privacy over the unwed mother's identity.

Enlightenment protects the institution of marriage, inheritance rights of children conceived in that union, and freedom of press.

Ultimately royal subjects will decide how capricious, arbitrary, and indeed immoral they will let the king be and still regard him as western educated, benevolent to his wife and children, and enlightened in constitutional law.
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+5 #7 SSENYONDO 2012-02-03 17:30
Buganda royalists ofcourse are happy. me inclusive. i think its high time the public got to know that every one has freedom to expression just like the media has its right and i beleive that its logical for all of us to respect our freedom.leave the kingdom issues the way they are. no reason to go on speculating and wanting to know. the prince is olready there. why then need to know the mother?. please behave cos i believe the Katikiro and the entire crew are right.its not about the dark days but about not spitting hell for no good reason. why would the media still go ahead appologise means they got every wrong
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+2 #8 Betty Long Cap 2012-02-03 20:15
Quoting SSENYONDO:
why would the media still go ahead appologise means they got every wrong


Easier for the media to kowtow than to address right-to-know issues. With the same reasoning Ssenyondo employs, why would the Kabaka hold back the birth announcement if he was unashamed of the conception.

Half the story is untold which leads to unending speculation. Is this a modern-day King David and Bathsheba story with a new twist where the baby lives.

Did the mother of the little prince have a husband she betrayed with her unfaithfulness or was she a maiden. The Kabaka alone has the freedom to speak while the mother, royal family, and inner circle are bound to secrecy.

Only truth will set the crooked path straight.
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-4 #9 Jessica Nakawombe 2012-02-04 01:04
I am so surprised that many non Baganda are so taken up by the birth of Omulangira Ssemakookiro! Why don't non Baganda try to correct the wrongs in their respective places of origin, than always trying to correct what they do not even understand? I call upon non Baganda cultural eaders and opinion leaders to rally their people into developmental ideas and prospects, instead of wasting time in what they do not understand and what they cannot change. Olwo lwe bayita olugambo lwenyini. Ffe Abaganda tubayita ba "Mpulidde kamenya." it means that their ears are always at their neighbours's the Baganda. Give us a break. God did not make a mistake to create you as you are, non Baganda. And you will never be Baganda, neither us be none other. Non Baganda Church leaders, please lead your people into the truth of God.
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+7 #10 edkay4u 2012-02-04 01:53
Where does Buganda stand on freedom of speech and freedom of expression? How does this story relate to previous banning of CBS Buganda FM? Is it an embarrassing issue that it has become abominable to talk about it? I hope Memngo was misquoted about this gagging and sensorship thing
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+3 #11 Betty Long Cap 2012-02-04 06:23
"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." reports Polly Kamukama.

Unreal! Please reconsider the international repercussions of extradition.
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+2 #12 Ongerwe 2012-02-04 19:39
This issue of Kabaka cheating on his matrimonial wife is very common affairs among men generally and therefore should not attract excessive comments. He is just like any other man having extra marital affairs. My only advice to kabaka is to always play it safe because that virus may not recognise your kabakaship as such. Next time you think of it, please, a pax of protector.
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+6 #13 Jane 2012-02-04 23:31
@Herbert, my sentiments exactly. Is the Katikkiro for real? Let me assume he is not conversant with the way modern media operates and inform him that the more you hide a story, the more the media digs. And now with the internet, the katikkiro has absolutely no control of what people write on various blogs, Youtube, twitter and facebook. Just google anything about the 'kabaka' and everything will be there for you to read, some stories even from 1999, 2000 up to now. The prince's mother is pictured on several blogs in her full wedding regalia with her (ex?)husband next to her and will be there for posterity, with the young prince and his own children in 30-40 years time being able to read them. Just come out clean Mr Katikkiiro with clear details of the prince's origins, so that you can give dignity to the prince and his mother. Mengo cannot demand for freedom of speech through CBS radio, yet at the same time want to shut up everyone else. Hypocrisy? Make your mind up!
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+6 #14 Grace 2012-02-04 23:58
Jessica Nakawombe, I do not see any sense in your argument at all...like many other opportunists in Mengo you are tribalising the issue. The Kabaka is a key Ugandan figure whose reputation is a concern of ALL Ugandans. For your information, the Kabaka carries a Uganda Diplomatic passport, has Uganda government security personnel guarding him who are paid by UGANDANS. It is this business of some opportunists like you 'personalising' the Kabaka that is sinking the King dom of Buganda. Its is the duty of the press to inform Ugandans of what is happening not only in Uganda but in the whole world. For instance there was a lot of stuff published about the Toro Queen mother about her relationship with Libya but the Batoro never told the non-Batoro to keep quiet. To me as a moralist, the conduct of the Kabaka is not exemplary to the youths and that is why the church is too quite about it.
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+2 #15 Bagatuuma Paul 2012-02-05 13:38
Mr. Kamukama how comes you have never reported about other Museveni's Kids.

Freedom of Expression is to the Individual who the issue rotates about not you reporting and damaging his reputation.

The aim of these News Papers is known. To tarnish Buganda
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0 #16 Betty Long Cap 2012-02-05 15:23
Quoting Grace:
To me as a moralist, the conduct of the Kabaka is not exemplary to the youths and that is why the church is too quite about it.


Ugandans have an Emperor's New Clothes story. Grace is like the little child who cried out "He hasn't got anything on." No one is above moral law not even the Kabaka.

For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.

For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. John 3:17-20
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+4 #17 Jjiingo Duncan, Rome 2012-02-05 18:54
Then let the Kabaka stop adultering around, or leave the church, become a muslim and marry 4 wives legally, but no adultery, please. You can't be a christian who vowed to sleep with only one woman, but turn around and have relationships outside marriage. That's not acceptable; it's exactly what destroyed Prince Charles and Princess Diana's marriage.
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+1 #18 Betty Long Cap 2012-02-06 01:04
Quoting Jjiingo Duncan, Rome:
Then let the Kabaka stop adultering around, or leave the church,....
Jjiingo Duncan, Rome rightly calls for EXCOMMUNICATION !

To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus. Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump? 1 Corinthians 5:5-6

But will the Kabaka put himself under the authority of the Church or will he continute to be his own moral authority?

"Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person." 1 Corinthians 5:13
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+2 #19 nakanwagi 2012-02-06 05:26
If I was the media, I would not write or give this royal family any airtime. thinking of suing the media, they use the same media to elevate themselves as god. Do not write about them, untill they learn to respect you.
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