INSIDE A ROYAL SCANDAL! A woman identified as Alison Anna Nadiope has petitioned the Archbishop of the Church of Uganda His Grace Dr. Stephen Kazimba Mugalu in her continued attempts to block the upcoming royal wedding, where the Kyabazinga of Busoga, WIlliam Nadiope IV is scheduled to wed Jovia Mutesi on November 18, 2023 at Christ’s Cathedral – Bugembe in Jinja City.
WHY? Alison claims that the Kyabazinga is a married man. In her petition to the Archbishop, dated November 8, 2023; Alison alleges that she got married to the Kyabazinga in December 2016 in Portsmouth, England, under Marriage Certificate AK594729L, and also claims that they have two children aged eight and six.
“This serves to notify the church of our client’s objection and request that the honerable Church of Uganda does not proceed to wed Mr. William Kadhumbula Gabula, the Kyabazinga of Busoga with Ms Jovia Mutesi during the subsistence of our client’s marriage as the same would amount to bigamy and contrary to church norms,” Alison through her lawyers of Mugerwa & Partners says.
Although the petition was received on November 9, 2023; the CoU is yet to make any comments on the matter.
WHO IS ALISON? Alison is a Ugandan nurse based in the United Kingdom (UK), but is now planning to come to Uganda before the controversial wedding. In October, 16, 2023 letter to the head of clans (through lawyers), she also notified the entire Busoga kingdom that she got married in the civil court in the United Kingdom to the Kyabazinga in December 2016.
WHO IS MUTESI? The incoming Inhebantu of Busoga, Her Royal Highness Jovia Mutesi is the daughter of Stanley Bayoole, the Resident District Commissioner-RDC of Bulambuli district who also served as the former mayor of Mayuge town council, according to the Katukiiro of Busoga Kingdom Dr. Joseph Muvawala.
PUBLIC OPINIONS: “I don’t think the Kyabazinga can adamantly proceed with a wedding without clearing this I’m sure there are some legal brains that have interpretes the law from the framework of local jurisdiction!,” Charles Mugalu on X/Twitter.
“This could become a significant scandal, setting a precedent that future generations may reflect upon. In civil or church marriages, the expectation is monogamy. Will the leader of the Christian faith knowingly defy this principle by uniting a man with another woman,” Owek. Byamazima Joshua on X/Twitter.
“I am keeping close tabs on this story, i want to see how the church assumes the law isn’t clear. The Supreme Court has recently settled that once a church or civil marriage is validly contracted in a foreign country, it’s valid here,” Simon Nyakoojo on X/Twitter.
“When a ”marriage” gets to that point, what’s the woman still fighting for? You can’t force someone to be with you. Let her move on,” Major Breed on X/Twitter.
POWER AND AUTHORITY: Reliable sources from Busoga have confirmed that powerful and strong officials and individuals from Busoga and eastern Uganda at large, including the former Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga and others are very ready to support and defend the Kyabazinga amid this unfolding royal scandal.
FUNDRAISERS: Different organizations and individuals have so far contributed Ugx1.7 billion towards the royal wedding as fundraisers continue to raise over Ugx4 billion as the total budget.
Mr. David Iguru Isabirye, the spokesperson of the clan heads, has emphasized that this gesture is a form of “parental support to the Kyabazinga,” as royal chiefs are selected from clan members. The Busoga Kingdom comprises over 300 clans within the 11 hereditary chiefdoms.