Busoga kingdom's premier, Dr Joseph Muvawala has roundly dismissed claims that the Kyabazinga, William Gabula Nadiope IV is already married to another woman.
On Thursday, lawyers representing Anna Alison, a woman based in the United Kingdom, wrote to Dr Stephen Kazimba, the Archbishop of the Church of Uganda claiming that their client was legally married to the Kyabazinga and that the two sired children.
The lawyers, Mugerwa and Partners Advocates and Solicitors said that any other marriage to another woman would amount to committing bigamy. Nadiope is slated to wed Jovia Mutesi next week on November 18.
While addressing journalists at the Busoga Kingdom headquarters today Saturday, Muvawala said that the reports are intended to tarnish the King and his subjects. Muvawala further said that the petition by Allison's lawyers has no marriage certificate as required for proof of marriage as alleged.
"His Majesty William Gabula Nadiope IV has never been married to anyone under the known forms of marriage in Uganda or elsewhere. He has never sired any children and is not a British citizen. And the purported Alison Ann Gabula is unknown to him. There is no record of any marriage of his majesty in the United Kingdom or anywhere else in the world and the content of the said letter is subject to police investigations," said Muvawala.
Muvawala further revealed that the kingdom has formally informed the police about the matter and has started investigations. He added that some people he declined to reveal have been arrested. He said the kingdom has also instructed lawyers to commence civil and criminal proceedings against all persons involved in the scheme to tarnish Kyabazinga’s name.
"As the kingdom, I have formally reported these malicious and defamatory occurrences to the police and other security agencies who have since commenced investigations into this criminal and illicit activities intended to create public panic and anxiety among the Basoga and the general public. The investigations have since led to the arrest of some culprits who are offering useful guidance on the motive and the person behind this social media blackmail activity. And the general activity public will be notified on the subsequent action and prosecution," he added.
On Saturday, Muvawala received a Shs 51 million contribution from Kaliro High School, 150 crates of soda, 100 cartons of plastic soda, and 100 cartons of water from Century Bottling Company.