By John C Ssentongo
When you mention their names, everyone knows them. But what they have in common?
Politicians like former Democratic Party president general John Ssebaana Kizito, MPs Simeo Nsubuga, Dr Lulume Bayiga, Peter Sematimba, Minister Rosemary Seninde and DP secretary general Mathias Nsubuga. You might add business people such as Barbara Mulwana of Nice Plastics, fashionista Sarah Kizito, and Ssalongo Michael Kasawuli aka Samona, or footballer star Hassan Mubiru aka Luis Figo and Uganda Tourism Board’s John Ssempebwa.
The list includes celebrity singers Eddy Kenzo, Peter Miles Kanyike, Maddox Sematimba, Haruna Mubiru, and Dr Hilderman Kiyaga, as well as law legend Professor Fredrick E. Ssempebwa and the whole Archbishop of Kampala Dr Cyprian Kizito Lwanga.
Wow! All these people belong to the Mamba clan, one of the clans of the Baganda people, the largest ethnic group in Uganda. People of the same clan according to Baganda customers are relatives. And these are just some of the names from Uganda’s who is who.
The Mamba (Lung fish) clan is one of the clans with most talented people, as seen in the line up above. The Mamba clan has actually won more Bika bya Buganda soccer tournament titles, and it has some of the most gifted music performers. No other clan can parade the likes of Kenzo, Peter Miles, Maddox, Haruna Mubiru, Dr Hilderman et al…!
But that is not all.
The Mamba clan has also offered Buganda kingdom a total of nine Kabakas such as Mwanga I, Suuna II, Kiwewa, and Kalema, among others. This is indeed a historical clan.
In traditional Buganda, every clan has a role in the administration of the kingdom, and the Mamba clan offered the heads of the royal navy. The same clan is also tasked as the keepers of Naggalabi Hill, where the Kabaka is crowned.
The Mamba clan is the largest clan in Buganda, estimated to have more than three million members. And for this reason, the clan heads are coming up with the first ever initiative among Baganda clans to modernize its norms and customs.
On December 8th, 2016, the clan’s who is who will be having a dinner at Kololo Gardens hotel to launch the construction of a world class, ultra modern heritage site at Nkajja.
The tickets are on sale at Bulange Mengo and are selling like hot cake. Organizers say no tickets will be sold at the dinner so they encourage all Mamba clan members and well wishers to get themselves a ticket early enough at only sh100,000.
The chief guest at the dinner will be Buganda prince David Wasajja whose wife, Marion Nankya, is a member of the Mamba clan, thus, he is related to the clan.
Apparently, your ticket can be delivered to your convenient place by Miss Tourism Buganda, Margaret Nakaye, by calling her on 0781424351.