36th King of Buganda Kingdom, Kabaka Ronald Mutebi II ‘the peaceful lion’
Ronald Edward Frederick Kimera Muwenda Mutebi II (born 13 April 1955) is the current Kabaka (king) of Buganda, a constitutional kingdom in modern-day Uganda. He is the Buganda’s 36th Kabaka.
He was born at Mulago Hospital in Kampala. He is the son of Kabaka of Buganda Edward Frederick William David Walugembe Mutebi Luwangula Muteesa II, who reigned from 1939 to 1969. Nabakyala Sarah Nalule, Omuzaana Kabejja of the Nkima clan, was his mother.
He attended Budo Junior School in Sussex, King’s Mead School in Sussex, and Bradfield College, a public school in West Berkshire. He then enrolled at Magdalene College Cambridge. On August 6, 1966 and at the age of 11, his father named him as Heir Apparent.
While in exile, he served as an Associate Editor for the journal African Concord and as a member of the African National Congress (ANC) Executive Committee in London.
After his father died on November 21, 1969, he took over as Head of the Royal House of Buganda.
He returned to Uganda in 1988, after the Obote II dictatorship and the military junta that briefly succeeded Obote II were overthrown.
Following Godfrey Serunkuma Lule’s intervention, he was proclaimed at Buddo on July 24, 1993, upon the restoration of the Ugandan Kingdoms. He was crowned at Buddo on July 31, 1993. He adopted the title “His Majesty.” He keeps his capital at Mengo.
Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II has one wife, whom he married on August 27, 1999. The Kabaka’s wife is officially known as the Nnabagereka.
Her full name and title is Sylvia Nagginda, the Nnabagereka, daughter of John Mulumba Luswaata of Nkumba, Kyaddondo, a member of the Omusu clan and Rebecca Nakintu Musoke who currently lives in New York.
She is the granddaughter of George William Musoke and Nora Musoke of Nazzigo, Kyaggwe; and Omutaka Nelson Nkalubo Sebugwawo and Catherine Sebugwawo of Nkumba.
On August 27, 1999, the royal wedding took place at Saint Paul’s Cathedral Namirembe in Kampala. Sarah Katrina Mirembe Ssangalyambogo Nachwa, their daughter, was born on July 4, 2001 in London, United Kingdom..
Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II’s children include the following:
(1) Savio Muwenda or Juunju Suuna, Prince (Kiweewa), whose mother is Vénantie Sebudandi.
(2) Joan Nassolo, Princess (Omumbejja).
(3) Victoria Nkinzi, Princess (Omumbejja).
(4) Katrina Sarah Kirabo Ssangalyambogo, Princess (Omumbejja). Sarah go to a private school in Kampala, Uganda. She is an outstanding swimmer who has won medals in East African competitions in her age group.
(5) Richard Ssemakookiro, Prince (Omulangira). Engineer John Baptist Walusimbi, the Katikkiro (Prime Minister) of Buganda Kingdom at the time, announced on 17 January 2012 that Prince Ssemakookiro’s mother is a Muganda lady from the Enseenene (Grasshopper) clan. Rose Nansikombi, from Buganda’s Luweero District, was later identified as the prince’s mother (Central Uganda).
Responsibilities of Kabaka Ronald
On April 15, 2011, he was named as first chancellor of Muteesa I Royal University. Muteesa I of Buganda was honored with the university name in 2007 in recognition of his foresight in supporting education in Buganda and Uganda, as well as his superior diplomatic skills in handling the forces of the British, French, and Arabs in the late 1800s.
As the head of the Buganda kingdom, he owns Nkuluze Trust, which operates the following kingdom properties: Buganda Land Board, which is in charge of kingdom land and other land matters, K2 Telecom, a telecommunications company, BBS Television, a kingdom TV, CBS FM, Majestic Brands, which sells royal products, Ngule beer in collaboration with Uganda Breweries Ltd, Muganz.
Sovereign of the Order of the Shield and Spears.
The peaceful lion, The Ssabalongo (head of twin parents) Hammered legs (magulu nyondo)