Barbara Patience Kirabo, the lady whose photograph appeared in the state-owned Newspaper – The New Vision and its sister publication vernacular daily Bukedde on Wednesday as the mother of the Kabaka’s new son, Prince Richard Ssemakookiro , addressing the press on Thursday. Photo by Isaac Kasamani

Patience Barbara Kirabo, the woman whose photographs were on Wednesday published in the state-owned Newspaper – The New Vision, and its sister publication vernacular daily – Bukedde purporting to be the mother of Kabaka Ronald Mutebi’s new son, Prince Richard Ssemakookiro, this morning presented herself to the media, and denied having any relationship with the Buganda King.

Ms Kirabo, a mother of one, said the publication of her pictures, had greatly injured her reputation and her relationship with her spouse, and she is now seeking an apology and Shs 500 million in compensation.

“[The publication of the picture] has infringed on my freedom. My spouse was se t to introduce me in March and has now pulled out,” she said at a press conference, called by her attorney her Francis Harimwomugasho.

Buganda Kingdom on Wednesday disputed the authenticity of the photographs and cautioned the media to wait for the Kabaka to present the new Prince’s mother at an appropriate time.

Kingdom Attorney General, Apollo Makubuya however said the Kabaka would not take legal action against the state-owned newspapers but warned them to desist from using Buganda Kingdom affairs to meet their ‘selfish’ economic gains.

Buganda Prime Minister John Baptist Walusimbi on January 17 announced that the Kabaka had fathered a child in July 2011, with an unnamed woman from the Nsenene clan. No further details were given leaving the media speculating that the mother was Rose Nansikombi from Bulemeezi in Luweero District.

By ROBERT MWANJE, Daily Monitor

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