The Katikiro of Buganda announced on January 17 that Buganda had got a prince. The news was welcomed dearly by most people in Buganda who felt relieved after a long wait for the prince. Many Baganda had feared that the Kingdom would turn out to be a mess if the King died without a clear successor.
The Katikiro in his short speech mentioned the name of the prince as Richard Semakokiro, and the the mother as Rose Nansikombi. According to the brief message of the Katikiro of Buganda, the mother of the Kabaka’s son was said to be born in Bulemezi county of Buganda which makes the Luwero district of Uganda.
The media then started a fierce search for the mother of the Kabaka’s son. In a few days, pictures of the the parents had were already accessed by the media but the pictures of Rose Nansikombi were still missing.
Then came the New Vision and Bukedde, two stay owned sister papers which claimed to have received access to Rose Nansikombi pictures. Just before the said picture was released, the two papers made great adverts especially on their Bukedde TV telling people to buy their papers to see the picture of Kabaka’s wife.
Then the drama set in and the truth was came out. It emerged that the New Vision and Bukedde had lied to the whole country about Rose Nansikombi. The woman whose photograph was published in both papers on Wednesday as Rose Nansikombi, the mother of the prince, a lady called Patience Kirabo presented herself to the media and, before her lawyers, denied having had any relationship with the Buganda king.
The two papers had however made a fortune from unsuspecting Ugandans and by the time Kirabo came out, it was too late. “Our investigation reveals that Bukedde alone, whose daily circulation is 30,000 copies on average, printed 80,000 copies that day. “, said Frances Harimwomugasho, one of Kirabo’s lawyers.
It now turns out that the lawyer of Kirabo also wants to force the Vision group to refund money to all people who bought the papers that day.