Kabaka Mutebi II of Buganda kingdom, Uganda || Buganda Royal Family

Buganda kingdom is a traditional or subanational monarchy of the Baganda people of Uganda which has existed since the 13th century when it was founded by Kintu. Among others it is recognised in the Ugandan constitution as a cultural institution and is the largest Kingdom in Uganda centred around Kampala, the capital city of Uganda. The BaGanda people are a bantu speaking tribe currently numbered at around 14 million making them the largest tribe in Uganda at 16%. There were at least 56 recognized clans within the kingdom. Buganda is famous for its staple food, Matooke(Bananas), Luganda Dance and the Barkcloth(Lubugo) made from the Mutuba tree way before european civilization.

Royal Titles

  • King – Kabaka
  • Queen – Nnaabagereka
  • King’s royal sister – Lubuga (installed with the king as advisor)
  • King’s sister – Nnalinya (incharge of royal tombs)
  • Queen Mother ( King’s mother) – Namasole
  • Prince – Omulangira (means male royal member)
  • Princess – Omumbejja (means female royal member)
  • Royal Clan – Olulyo Olulangira
  • Clan Chief – Omutaka
  • Prime minister – Katiikkiro
  • Parliament – Lukiiko
  • Parliament Building – Bulange
  • Palace – Lubiri

Kings of Buganda

  • Kato Kintu, early fourteenth century
  • Chwa I, mid fourteenth century
  • Kimera, c. 1374–c. 1404
  • Ttembo, c. 1404–c. 1434
  • Kiggala, c. 1434–c. 1464 and c. 1484–c. 1494
  • Kiyimba, c. 1464–c. 1484
  • Kayima, c. 1494–c. 1524
  • Nakibinge, c. 1524–c. 1554
  • Mulondo, c. 1555–1564
  • Jemba, c. 1564–c. 1584
  • Suuna I, c. 1584–c. 1614
  • Sekamaanya, c. 1614–c. 1634
  • Kimbugwe, c. 1634–c. 1644
  • Kateregga, c. 1644–c. 1674
  • Mutebi I, c. 1674–c. 1680
  • Juuko, c. 1680–c. 1690
  • Kayemba, c. 1690–c. 1704
  • Tebandeke, c. 1704–c. 1724
  • Ndawula, c. 1724–c. 1734
  • Kagulu, c. 1734–c. 1736
  • Kikulwe, c. 1736–c. 1738
  • Mawanda, c. 1738–c. 1740
  • Ndugwa I, c. 1740–c. 1741
  • Namuggala, c. 1741–c. 1750
  • Kyabaggu, c. 1750–c. 1780
  • Jjunju, c. 1780–c. 1797
  • Semakookiro, c. 1797–c. 1814
  • Kamaanya, 1814–1832
  • Suuna II, 1832–1856
  • Muteesa I, 1856–1884
  • Mwanga II, 1884–1888 and 1889–1897
  • Kiweewa, 1888
  • Kalema, 1888–1889
  • Daudi Chwa II, 1897–1939
  • Mutesa II, 1939–1967 (abolition) or 1969 (death)
    Second Interregnum; Monarchy abolished under the 1967 Ugandan Constitution, 1967–1993
  • Muwenda Mutebi II, 1993–present

Kabaka or King Mutebi II Ronald Muwenda of Buganda kingdom is the current 36th reigning monarch or King of Buganda kingdom, Uganda. Buganda kingdom is a traditional or subanational monarchy of the Baganda people of Uganda. Among others it is recognised in the Ugandan constitution as a cultural institution. Kabaka Mutebi II is the most prominent tradition King in Uganda.

Born in 1955, he is the son of late Kabaka (King) Mutesa II Frederick of Buganda who was also the first president of Uganda before being overthrown by prime minister Milton Obote. His mother was Lady Sarah kisosonkole, a favourite of his father’s many wives. His mother was also thhe younger sister of the official Queen (Nnabagereka) Damali Kisosonkole Kabaka Mutebi II attended his education in both Uganda and the United Kingdom and worked in the communication and journalism sector.

He was named heir aged 11 in 1966 which was confirmed in his late father’s will when he died in 1969. He succeeded as king but was officially crowned in 1993 in Buganda, Uganda alongside his sister Princess Catherine Nabaloga who serves as Lubuga/co advisor. See coronation link – Coronation

Royal Wedding and Family

In 1999 27th August, Kabaka Mutebi II married Lady Sylvia Nagginda later Queen (Nnabagereka) Sylvia Nagginda at Namirembe cathedral at a royal wedding termed Uganda’s largest event that year. Royal guests included :

  • HM King /Omukama Solomon Iguru i of Bunyoro kitara kingdom, Uganda (Black coat)
  • HM King/Omukama Oyo Rukidi iv of Toro Kingdom, Uganda (young boy)
  • HM Queen mother Best Kemigisa of Toro Kingdom, Uganda (behind her young son)
  • HRH Princess Ruth Komuntale of Toro Kingdom, Uganda (pink dress)
  • HM King /Omugabe John Barigye of Ankole kingdom, Uganda (black full suit)
  • HM Queen Denise Barigye of Ankole kingdom, Uganda (next to King of Ankole)
  • HM King Goodwill Zwelithini of Zulu kingdom, South Africa (leopard attire)
  • HM Queen Thandekile Ndlovu Zulu of Zulu kingdom, South Africa (red and zulu crown)
  • HRH senior prince Matsitsela Dlamini of Eswatini (far right)
  • HRH Princess Nnalinya Omumbejja Catherine Agnes Nabaloga, Lubuga of Buganda kingdom, Uganda (far left next to the red priest)
  • Among others

Together they have a daughter Princess Katrina Sarah Ssangalyambogo and four other step children from the King. Despite having only one wife, the king according to Buganda culture is allowed to sire children from different clans of the Kingdom. The children include

  • Prince Jjuuju Krispin Suuna (holds title Kiweewa as first son and will become head of royal house but never King)
  • Princess (omumbejja) Victoria Nkinzi (also holds the title Nnalinya)
  • Princess (omumbejja) Joan Nassolo
  • Princess (omumbejja) Katrina Sarah Ssangalyambogo
  • Prince (omulangira) Richard Ssemakookiro (current crown Prince)

The Queen lived in the United States for several years before getting married to Kabaka Mutebi II where she earned her Associates Degree with Honours from City University of New York, a Bachelor of Arts degree from New York University and a Master of Arts degree, with Distinction, from New York Institute of Technology. Sylvia gained most of her professional experience in the United States. She worked as a Research Consultant at the United Nations headquarters. She supports various kingdom charities and events through her foundation, Nnaabagereka Development Foundation(2000) that supports the children, youth and women in Uganda and patnerships with UNDP among others

Royal Role

The Kabaka serves as the Head of Kingdom/state, his roles are majorly cultural and confined to the buganda kingdom but highly influential. He opens the buganda parliament also known as lukiiko which has a prime minister, budget and different sitting members to oversee the running of the Kingdom and its various investments. It is a very independent structure.

Kabaka Mutebi II is also involved in various humanitarian and cultural causes in his kingdom through Kabaka Foundation such as the kabaka annual birthday run which supports eradciating HIVAIDS, supporting local communities, education, health, sports etc. The king is UNAIDS Goodwill ambassador for HIV and Aids eradication

Buganda Kingdom organisation

Buganda is a traditional Kingdom inside Uganda but has its own parliament, cabinet, ministers, investments, King Muteesa university etc giving it a kind of autonomous governance. The Kabaka as head of kingdom opens parliament(Lukiiko) every year at Bulange(parliament building) in which diferrent development plans for the kingdom are discussed. The Lukiiko is charged with legislating by-laws of the kingdom, but is not allowed by the state government to legislate political matters. The membership of the Lukiiko consists of directly-elected members from Buganda counties, Buganda county chiefs, members appointed by the Kabaka, and Buganda cabinet ministers.

  • Kabaka – King, head of Kingdom
  • Cabinet Ministers
    • Katikkiro – Head of government
    • Speaker
      • Deputy speaker of the Great Buganda Lukiiko
    • The Kingdom Attorney General / Minister for Local Government
    • Minister for Lukiiko, Information; Cabinet Affairs, Protocol and the Official Kingdom Spokesperson
    • Minister for the Kingdom Special Assignments
    • Minister for Social Services and Office of the Nnaabagereka
    • Minister for Agriculture; Land; Trade, Cooperatives & Environment
    • Minister for Youth, Sports and Recreation
    • Minister for Culture, Tourism and Palaces
    • Minister of State for Local Government & The King’s Official Tours
  • Massaza Chiefs
  • Kabaka’s Representatives
  • Representatives from outside Buganda
  • Representatives from Counties
  • Youth Representatives
  • Representatives of different categories (Professionals)
  • Representatives from other Communities in Buganda

Buganda Royal Jewels

click link below

Buganda Royal Palaces

  • Mengo Palace or Lubiri is the official royal residence of King or Kabaka of Buganda kingdom, Uganda since 1885. The current modern building was built in 1920s to repalace the traditional palace located at mengo hill.mHowever it was destroyed during the mengo war and used as barracks beetween 1966-1997 when Milton obote and idi amin forces overthrew the first president of Uganda who was also King or Kabaka Mutesa ii of Buganda. It has fully been restored. On the palace grounds are the underground chambers which idi amin turned into torture chambers. Also the Rolls royce used by the late King and burnt by idi amin can be seen here.
  • Banda Palace is a private royal residence of HM King (Kabaka) Mutebi ii Ronald Muwenda of Buganda kingdom, Uganda. He built it in 1993 after his coronation from land he had inherited from his late maternal grand father. It is located in Banda estate and is not open to the public
  • Saalama Palace is a private royal residence of the buganda royal family, Uganda. It was built in 1934 by King Kabaka Daudi Chwa ii, grandfather of the current King. It was inherited by his eldest son Prince Kiweewa George Mawanda Chwa who didn’t become king as it is tradition. His descendants reside here today. It can be visited with permission
  • Kireka Palace is a private royal residence of HM King (Kabaka) Mutebi ii Ronald Muwenda of Buganda kingdom, Uganda. He built it in 1993 after his coronation from land he had inherited from his late mother lady Sarah Kisosonkole. It contains the private offices of the King, Queen and staff
  • Nkoni Palace is a private royal residence ofthe King of Buganda kingdom, Uganda. This palace was built in 1955 by the people of Buddu and was presented to their King late Kabaka Mutesa ii after his return from exile. Currently his son is king Kabaka Mutebi ii Ronald Muwenda. It was recently refurbished
  • Baamunaanika Palace is a private royal residence of the buganda royal family, Uganda.It was built in 1934 by King Kabaka Daudi Chwa ii, grandfather of the current King. The Palace is located on Baamunaanika estate at Baamunaanika, Bulemeezi county in Luweero. Kabaka Mutebi II accedded to the throne here on 31 March 1971

  • Lukunyu Palace is an unoccupied palace of the King or Kabaka of Buganda kingdom, Uganda. The 48 acre land residence was the beloved private residence of late King Kabaka Mutesa ii, first president of Uganda. It is located in an island on lake Victoria. It is under renovation by his son the current King or Kabaka Mutebi ii Ronald Muwenda of Buganda kingdom, Uganda.

See Baganda culture below

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