Uganda: How Prince Wasajja Came to Be a Catholic

Prince David Kintu Wasajja (47) is the youngest son to the late Sir Edward Muteesa II. (Picture from: ugandapicks.com)

Prince David Kintu Wasajja (47) is the youngest son to the late Sir Edward Muteesa II. (Picture from: ugandapicks.com)

On Saturday, Buganda Prince David Kintu Wasajja, the younger brother of Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II wedded Marion Elizabeth Nankya at Rubaga Cathedral.

Nankya, 27, is the daughter to Hon. Mathias Nsubuga Birekeraawo, a Member of Parliament for Bukoto South County, Lwengo district and Jolly Kawaya Nsubuga.

The prince, aged 47, is the only of 17 children of the late Sir Edward Frederick Muteesa II who embraced Catholicism instead of Protestantism that is traditionally practised by the Buganda royal family. Many kingdom subjects until recently were not aware that Kabaka Mutebi’s younger brother was not an Anglican.

Some time back, Prince Wasajja told the press that he was a staunch Roman Catholic, having preferred to embrace his mother Winfred Keihangwe’s Catholic faith.

Ironically, his late mother came from the Ankole royal family whose members were also Anglicans by tradition.

Many people, however, were surprisedwhenever they saw him making the sign of the cross and receiving the Holy Communion during mass in the Catholic Church.

Some believed Prince Wasajja could have become a Catholic under the influence of the Catholic schools he attended like Uganda Martyrs Rubaga for O’level and Namilyango College for A’level.

Wassajja’s Catholic inclination is said to have taken root at the home of his childhood guardian, the very staunch family of the late Sarah Ndagire of Kalisizo-Masaka.

The prince is said to have even been baptised in the Catholic Church shortly after birth.

Muteesa II had entrusted Wasajja to Ndagire, who was a great friend, as he fell out with Obote as President of Uganda and an attack on him was looming. The late Ndagire was the first female member of the Buganda Lukiiko (legislature).

According to relatives, Ndagire recited the rosary over 10 times a day, and it was her who donated a large chunk of land in Kalisizo to the Catholic Church for church work and a hospital.

She was the mother of former Masaka Mayor John Tebyasa Matovu, Late Theresa Bagenda, the former chief nursing sister at Mulago Hospital (deceased wife of former minister Henry Kyemba) and Daphine Zinunula, widow to the late playwright Robert Sserumaga.

Her younger brother was a renowned priest, the late Rev. Fr. Bonifance Mubiru, who used to teach Latin at Bukalasa Minor Seminary.

It was in this staunch Catholic home that Prince Wasajja grew up and was perhaps groomed into a staunch Catholic. The late Ndagire was such a close friend of Muteesa II that the former king used to refer to her as Maama Omukulu (the elderly mother).

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