Was HM King (Kabaka) Mwanga II of Buganda kingdom, Uganda gay, bisexual or just a misleading narrative?
Born 1868 – died in 1903, Reigned 1884 to 1897, He was the 31st Kabaka (King) of Buganda succeeding his late father.
Kabaka Mwanga II is largely mentioned in history for the killing of 45 boys, 22 of whom are now the famous Ugandan martyrs who were burnt for converting to Christianity or for refusing advances from the king. Were the boys killed for religious reasons or sexual reasons?
The latter reason has been a matter of debate of whether he was gay or bisexual since there is no actual evidence apart from accounts from white Christianity colonialsin Buganda.
He however had 16 wives and many children including the next king Kabaka Daudi Chwa ii. He is the grandfather of late Kabaka Muteesa II, first president of Uganda country and great grandfather of current Kabaka Mutebi II of Buganda kingdom.
He allowed arabs and Europeans to his kingdom for trade and excursions but later was against British colonial rule. He was exiled to Seychelles where he died in 1903. He was reburied in kasubi royal tombs in 1910.
What do you think?
I’ve always believed this was done intentionally to muddy his name and reputation. It’s pretty convenient the allegation is from one specific source. I am sure he was not perfect b it what better way to sully a king’s name in those times.