In a surprising turn of events, a woman residing in the United Kingdom has penned a heartfelt plea to the heads of Busoga clans, urging them to halt the impending royal wedding of Kyabazinga William Wilberforce Gabula Nadiope IV. The Kyabazinga, in a grand proclamation last September, officially named Jovia Mutesi as his queen and future wife, setting the stage for a magnificent royal wedding scheduled for November 18, 2023, at Christ’s Cathedral Bugembe in Jinja City.
However, the situation took a dramatic twist when, on October 16, 2023, a letter arrived at the doors of the clan leaders. The letter, sent by Alison Nadiope’s legal representatives, disclosed an astonishing revelation.
According to the missive, Alison Nadiope asserts that she legally married the Kyabazinga in a civil ceremony in the United Kingdom back in December 2016.
The letter from Anne Cuthbert Solicitors Limited outlines that the couple has two children together, and Mrs. Nadiope is fully prepared to provide a copy of their marriage certificate along with photographs as evidence.
Furthermore, the letter goes on to state that Mrs. Nadiope has supported the Kyabazinga throughout their marriage, even covering his educational expenses. Recently, she contributed £1,755.00 towards his school fees and remained responsible for the family’s welfare and their children’s upbringing.
The core of the matter, as highlighted in the communication, is that the Kyabazinga has not legally dissolved their marriage, despite his imminent plans to enter into another civil union. In a firm warning to the Kyabazinga, Mrs. Nadiope’s legal counsel emphasizes the grave consequences of entering into a new marriage.
According to the letter, it is asserted that such an act would constitute bigamy, a serious offense under UK law, punishable by up to six months of imprisonment before a magistrate.
This unexpected legal dispute has emerged at a critical juncture, just as a 25-member committee was appointed to lead fundraising efforts for the much-anticipated royal wedding.
The Busoga kingdom now faces a delicate situation, as it navigates this unforeseen legal challenge that could potentially impact the forthcoming celebration.