A woman, who identified herself as Alison Anna Gabula Nadiope, has taken legal action against Kyabazinga William Gabula Nadiope of Busoga Kingdom in the United Kingdom. She alleges that she is still legally married to him.
On September 7, Busoga Kingdom unveiled Ms Jovia Mutesi as the Inebantu (Queen) for the upcoming wedding with the Kyabazinga, scheduled for November 18.
However, a letter, dated October 16 and purportedly from the law firm Anne Cuthbert Solicitors Ltd in the UK, claims that Ms. Alison Nadiope married the Kyabazinga in December 2016. The letter states that they have two children and that Ms. Nadiope is willing to provide a copy of the marriage certificate and photographs if requested. It further asserts that the Kyabazinga has not divorced her and warns that his entry into another marriage could constitute bigamy, which is punishable by up to six months imprisonment in the UK.
Efforts to verify the authenticity of this letter from Anne Cuthbert Solicitors Ltd in the UK were unsuccessful as of press time.
Busoga Kingdom spokesperson, Andrew Ntange, dismissed the letter, stating that it was negative energy and would not receive their attention. He emphasized that the wedding preparations were proceeding smoothly and urged everyone to disregard the letter.
Justine Kasule Lumumba, the head of media and entertainment on the organizing committee of the Busoga royal wedding, denied having received any such communication. She explained that, according to Busoga Kingdom culture, the Kyabazinga had a responsibility to introduce the Inebantu (Queen) on November 18, and the Kingdom would welcome her, regardless of her characteristics.
Furthermore, Ms. Kasule announced an upcoming Royal Dinner Bouquet event on October 27 at Kololo Independence Grounds in Kampala, providing an opportunity for friends of Busoga, corporate entities, humanitarian agencies, and other partners to participate in the royal celebrations.