Clan elders say Mr Ssekandi’s installation as clan head was illegal since some of the people who presided over the ceremony had been suspended.
Leaders of the Mbogo Clan have disowned Vice President Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi as the head of the lineage, Omutuba gwa Nawambwa, saying he illegally assumed the title.
Clan leaders who met on Saturday during funeral rites for Francis Kaleba Kayira Nawambwa in Kawuku, Ggaba, a city suburb, said the person who presided over Mr Ssekandi’s enthronement had no mandate to perform the rituals. Mr Kaleba died of cancer last year.
“Mr Deogratious Ssentamu who purportedly presided over the ceremony on October 27, 2013 had been suspended from the position (Owesigga) and had no powers to install Mr Ssekandi,” Mr Jackson Makatala Ssentamu, the head of norms in the Mbogo Clan, said. Mr Ssentamu also accused the VP of disregarding their advice, which had asked not to install Mr Ssekandi as the clan head.
During the Saturday meeting clan elders installed Mr Arthur Kayanja, 40, as the heir to the Kaleeba family, who automatically assumed all his father’s roles, including among others being the head of the Omutuba gwa Nawambwa.
However, this was done in disregard of a court order issued by Makindye Chief Magistrate Esta Nambayo stopping the ceremony. It was secured by Deogratious Ssentamu and seven others on January 15, 2014.
Police under the command of O/C Gbaga Police Post, Mr Joel Tubanone, attempted to enforce the court order but arrived at the scene after the heir had been installed and other key cultural functions performed.
However, Mr Ssekandi told Daily Monitor said: “I am completely unaware of what was done. I was installed by the rightful people and I still hold that position.”