KAMPALA – Ms. Beatrice Kavuma Kiwanuka, the first wife of businessman Mohan Kiwanuka, has blamed the current woes in the family on her co-wife and former Finance minister Maria Kiwanuka.
In a statement titled ‘Setting the record straight’ that Africa Tembelea has seen, Beatrice Kiwanuka says she has decided to speak up on behalf of her children and herself, after a long debate with her family.
“I have decided to speak up on behalf of my children and I, after a long debate with my children and family, having preferred and hoped that this family crisis that we face would be handled privately, and not in the media, playing out in front of the Nation,” said Beatrice Kavuma Kiwanuka.
This follows media publications in September this year, to the effect that tycoon Mohan Kiwanuka had disowned Jordan Ssebuliba Kiwanuka [her son] saying that he was not his biological child after he [Ssebuliba] had gone to court claiming his dad [Mohan Kiwanuka’s] health condition could not allow him manage his real estate.
While court recently declared tycoon Kiwanuka as medically sound and therefore, able to manage his property, the latter’s first wife Beatrice says her husband is being manipulated by Maria to abandon the former’s first family and children in the management of the tycoon’s business empire.
Ms Beatrice Kiwanuka says Maria has since denied her and her children access to tycoon Mohan Kiwanuka.
“It is important to note that my children and I have not had access to Mwaami Kiwanuka since about April 2019, and in my case, a little longer than that. Given that he is unwell, his movements and the people he interacts with and is allowed to access are now limited by his current minder, my co-wife, Maria Kiwanuka,” Beatrice Kavuma Kiwanuka said in a statement titled ‘Setting the record straight’
She insists that while her husband has been unwell for about two years, this has not been a problem to them and that they have been managing it privately until the tycoon started taking what she described as unusual decisions.
“Mwaami Kiwanuka has been unwell for a while, at least over two years now, and we have been dealing with it and trying to take it in stride, but perhaps our communication and frankness about it within the family could have been better,” she adds.
Ms Beatrice Kiwanuka says when the tycoon went to the press and denied siring lawyer Jordan Ssebuliba, then that’s when they confirmed that something was wrong.
“When my husband of 43 years, who has been known to have two wives and two homes with 8 children between us, got up on National Television and among other things, denied being married to me, and worse still, denied our second child, Jordan Ssebuliba Kiwanuka, is what confirmed our worst fears, that indeed, something is terribly wrong and that he is likely, in rapid decline,” she said.
Beatrice Kavuma Kiwanuka’s full statement
1st statement- Setting the record straight
I have decided to speak up on behalf of my children and I, after a long debate with my children and family, having preferred and hoped that this family crisis that we face would be handled privately, and not in the media, playing out in front of the Nation.
We have raised our children not to speak back to elders, in keeping with Kiganda culture. Therefore, our son, Jordan Ssebuliba Kiwanuka, who is at the centre of this storm, bearing the brunt of it all, was never going to come out and talk back to his Father, especially in the media.
However, I have realized and come to the conclusion that this would do more harm than good, especially for our son, Jordan. I therefore decided, as the elder on my branch of the family to speak up on their behalf.
I hope that we can come to a peaceful resolution of this family crisis, without first leading to the destruction, eviction and intimidation of my branch of the family by my co-wife, Maria Kiwanuka following her recent appointments as Director in Mwaami Kiwanuka’s companies.
-Background and Genesis of this crisis-
One – It is important to note that my children and I have not had access to Mwaami Kiwanuka since about April 2019, and in my case, a little longer than that. Given that he is unwell, his movements and the people he interacts with and is allowed to access are now limited by his current minder, my co-wife, Maria Kiwanuka.
Mwaami Kiwanuka has been unwell for a while, atleast over two years now, and we have been dealing with it and trying to take it in stride, but perhaps our communication and frankness about it within the family could have been better. However, when our son, Jordan suddenly received hostile letters from his Father’s recently appointed Lawyers evicting him from his Law firm premises and business premises, coupled with the lack of access to Mwaami Kiwanuka, we knew that something was terribly wrong and it left us no option but to go to the Courts of Law for redress, where we remain to-date, as I have a case in the Family court and Jordan is appealing the recent judgement that he received.
I must emphasise that Jordan never went to court to grab his Father’s property, as has been portrayed by my co-wife. He actually went to court very reluctantly and was only driven by the need to protect his Father, me and my 5 children born with Mwaami Kiwanuka, especially after we came into the possession of the medical reports that were included in the suit. It is important to note that the medical examination was done in the presence of my co-wife, Maria and she has been aware of the extent of the condition all this time, and only decided to strike in April 2019, probably on the realization of our Husband’s rapid decline. His illness is becoming an open secret in this town, and all who know him well, know or suspect that something is amiss.
Two- When my Husband of 43years, who has been known to have two wives and two homes with 8 children between us, got up on National Television and among other things, denied being married to me, and worse still, denied our second child, Jordan Ssebuliba Kiwanuka, is what confirmed our worst fears, that indeed, something is terribly wrong and that He is likely, in rapid decline.
Anyone who knows my Husband well knows that He is very private, media shy and quite reserved. Actually, Jordan takes up similar traits to his Father. So as you can imagine, Jordan and we all, are most uncomfortable with this kind of attention.
So, for Mwaami Kiwanuka to have given the sort of interview that he did, one, broke with tradition for him and was a clear signal to all that know him, that all is not well. As you aware, having been the General Manager of Radios one and two for the period that she has, my co-wife is media savvy and was aware of the damage that this sort of crisis playing out in the media in the manner in which it has, would serve her purposes. This is all right up her alley and out of her playbook.
Jordan Kiwanuka and his father Mohan in good times. His mother says the young man has been set up against his dad by the stepmother (PHOTO/File)
Isn’t it also curious that after the alleged infidelity, out of which, I am supposed to have fathered Jordan in 1979, Mwaami Kiwanuka went on to father Jordan’s three younger siblings, including our last born, who came in 1994, three years after Maria Kiwanuka’s last child who was born in 1991. Under such circumstances of infidelity, our marriage would likely have ended at that point.
Jordan is the second of Mwaami Kiwanuka’s children and looks a lot like him, which looks have even carried on to Jordan’s children, our Grandchildren. In fact, we are very confident of this fact, that we are very willing to do DNA testing, provided that we are guaranteed that the process will not be compromised, given the reach, influence and resources at Maria Kiwanuka’s disposal.
If, for argument’s sake, Jordan is not his son, and that He was aware of the fact all this time, why, of all his 8 children did he appoint him Company Secretary in 2005 and co-signatory in the latter years? Mwaami Kiwanuka knew and I dare say, still knows that Jordan is his own flesh and blood, unless of course, given what see as rapid decline, has been led to believe otherwise.
It is also important to note that in all these years that we have been married to Mwaami Kiwanuka, myself and my co-wife, Maria Kiwanuka have never been directors in his businesses. She was always just the General Manager of the Businesses and I was a Civil Servant. He has always chosen and preferred to work with his children, his own flesh and blood. So, isn’t it curious that in the very recent past, since between April 2019 and now, especially when my children and I are denied access to him, he suddenly appoints, my co-wife and current minder as Director. And that upon assumption of said Directorship, her first order of business is to cause our Husband to become very harsh and hostile to my children and I, leading him to want to throw me out of my marital home of 31years, throw Jordan out of his work premises where his Law firm is located, throw Jordan and his siblings, my children from their business premises, which Mwaami Kiwanuka on his own volition asked the children to conduct business from these premises? Now my children, especially Jordan are faced with ruin and damaged reputations, potential liabilities from clients who have paid for services in the various businesses, well into 2020. It is this type of hostile behavior that caused my children and I to turn to court for redress, while my co-wife turned to the media to harass us among other things.
Three- Anyone that knows my husband will tell you that he is authoritarian, and that neither us his wives, nor his children could have occupied and used these properties, without his express say- so and permission.
Taking all this into consideration, I have come to the conclusion that this is a direct attack by my co-wife, Maria Kiwanuka on me and my children.
As I mentioned, my co-wife Maria, given her reach, influence and resources has been able to stifle us receiving a fair hearing and assistance and has peddled all manner of falsehoods and lies against my children and I. It is our hope that the false narrative can be reversed and that we can find a peaceful solution to this sad, painful and heartbreaking crisis that our family is faced with.