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Ssese Elders Disown Self-styled Crown Prince

Their statement comes amidst covert activities by a group known as Isabaziinga Supreme Council which is planning to install Bukuku Kasirye, as the King of the little-known Kingdom of Ssese also known as Obutenza Ggulu Bwa Ssese.
Self styled Crown prince Bujwenge Bukulu middle plans to be be installed as Ssese cultural leader

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Bujwenge Bukulu Kasirye Isabasambasa, the man claiming to be the Crown Prince of the Ssese Kingdom in Kalangala district has no cultural and monarchical roots, elders in the area have said.

Their statement comes amidst covert activities by a group known as Isabaziinga Supreme Council which is planning to install Bukuku Kasirye, as the King of the little-known Kingdom of Ssese also known as ‘Obutenza Ggulu Bwa Ssese'.

The group has convened several meetings ahead of the installation and declared Buganda's representative in Ssese Illegal on account that Ssese has never signed an agreement to be included within Buganda's boundaries. Isabazinga is claiming ownership of all palaces in Ssese.

They are also calling upon Buganda to stop encroaching of Luggo Forest Reserve where a tree called Ddamula is found. It is from this tree that the Royal Mace (The stick of authority) is made.

However, the emergence of the group has sparked off tension in Kalangala with several elders shocked at the development.

68–year-old Jim Jem Kabili, an elder from Ssese Island says Bujwenge has no traceable monarchical lineage in Kalangala.  Kabili notes that Bujwenge does neither have any connections to cultural lineage nor spiritual lineage in Ssese. He suspects that he has been planted by Buganda Kingdom enemies to create friction.

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Kabili explains that Ssese only has small gods known in Luganda as Lubaale. He identifies them as Kaddu-Wannema, Mukasa, and Kibuuka Omumbaale among others which were believed to be powerful and that Buganda Kings got powers from these spiritual leaders to defeat their enemies.

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Joseph Ssegawa, another elder says Bujwenge who belongs to Nvuma Clan, is not even close to the renowned small gods of Bukasa Island. He says when they heard about Bujwenge's claims, he started tracing for his background but found out that he is not connected to them.

Ssegawa says Bujwenge could be an imposter who is only targeting a month allowance from the central government. Cultural leaders are paid up to five million Shillings every month, a vote channelled through the Ministry of Gender.

Kalangala LCV Chairman Willy Lugoloobi says Ssese is central to Buganda and cannot be party to any calls to secede. He also notes that the fact that Luggo forest is where the Royal Stick of Authority is found makes in Ssese part and parcel of Buganda Kingdom.

But Bujwenge insists he is the genuine descendant of Martin Luther Kasirye, the last know King of the Kingdom of Ssese.

According to him, Ssese has never signed any agreement with Buganda Kingdom nor has it ever suffered any conquest. He adds that Ssese Kingdom was only frustrated by the infestation of Tsetse flies which killed many of the descendants including its last King Martin Luther Bukulu Kasirye in the year 1400.