Jinja, (UG): The Prime Minister of Busoga Kingdom, Dr Joseph Muvawala has dismissed what he labelled as fake documents circulating on social media with the intent to block the upcoming Busoga Royal Wedding.
According to Dr Muvawala, the Kyabazinga of Busoga, HRH William Wilberforce Gabula Nadiope IV has never been married to anyone under the known forms of marriage nor has he sired any children known to the kingdom.
“Kyabazinga has never been married to anyone, has never sired any children, he is not a British citizen and the purported Alison Anne Gabula is unknown to him and has never been married to his majesty,” Dr Muvawala said in a press release dated November 11, copy of which this publication has seen.
The Busoga Premier said the kingdom has formerly reported what he described as malicious and defamatory documents to police and other security agencies who have since commenced investigations with some culprits already arrested to answer charges.
“The investigations have since led to the arrest of some culprits who are offering useful guides on the motives and persons behind those social media blackmail activities and the general public will be notified on subsequent action and prosecution,” he said, adding that the Kingdom lawyers have also been instructed to pursue civil and criminal proceedings against all persons involved in circulating the documents.
The Premier’s statement comes in the wake of two letters of a purported court injunction written by UK and Uganda law firms on behalf of a UK-based citizen, Ms Alison Anne Nadiope seeking to block the wedding of the Kyabazinga went viral on social media.
The latest letter, dated November 08 purportedly addressed to Dr Stephen Kaziimba Mugalu, the Archbishop of the Church of Uganda and Bishop of Busoga Diocese was signed off by Ms Alison’s lawyers of Mugerwa and Partners Advocates.
In the petition which this publication saw on Friday, the lawyers stated thus; “Our client is legally married to William Gabula, the Kyabazinga of Busoga Kingdom, having celebrated a civil marriage in December 2016 at Milldam House Bunbaby Road, Portsmouth PO13AF under marriage certificate AK5947291.”
They further stated that the aforementioned marriage culminated with the couple siring two children.
However, according to the prime minister, the Kyabazinga has never been married to anyone under the known forms of marriage and has never sired any children.
“Kyabazinga has never been married to anyone, has never sired any children, he is not a British citizen and the purported Alison Anne Gabula is unknown to him and has never been married to his majesty,” Dr Muvawala stated, adding that none of the bishops meant to preside over the royal wedding have received a marriage certificate that Ms Alison alleges exists.
“The Kingdom has since contacted the Archbishop of the Church of Uganda, Dr Stephen Kazimba Mugalu who has confirmed receipt of the same (letter) and notes that the marriage certificate has not been supplied to him,” he said.
Ms Alison first dragged the Kyabazinga to court in the United Kingdom (UK) where the alleged civil marriage happened. Through her lawyers from a UK-based firm, Anne Cuthbert Solicitors Limited, Ms Alison informed the Busoga Kingdom head of clans and clans that she got married to the Kyabazinga in December 2016 and that they have never been divorced.
The woman contended that once the Kyabazinga enters into another marriage, he will be committing bigamy which is punishable under the UK law, with the possible penalty being imprisonment for up to six months.
The Katukiro has dismissed all these baseless allegations and called upon the Basoga and the entire public to ignore the same, and rather gear up for the mega upcoming royal wedding which is slated for next Saturday, November 18th, 2023.
“I call upon all the Basoga, friends of Busoga and the general public to ignore these baseless allegations and treat them with the contempt deserved. In the meantime, we would like to inform you that the king and Inhebantu are in fine and jovial moods gearing up for the historic occasion slated for November 18, 2023,” the Katukiro said.
“..the Royal Wedding central organising committee shall subsequently be releasing the programme and other relevant details for the wedding day,” he added.
Kyabazinga William Gabula Nadiope IV is expected to tie the knot with Ms Jovia Mutesi on November 18 at Christ’s Church, Bugembe in Jinja North City Division, and later host their guests to a reception at the monarchy’s Palace in Igenge.
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