Enyanjula – Introduction

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The ruler: Kabaka, with the style of Ssaabasajja, Ccuucu, Ma
gulunnyondo, Ssemanda, Musota, Seggwanga, Ssabalongo, Nantazibirwa kkubo, Maaso moogi, etc.

New Picture (2)Kabaka is the title of the king of the Kingdom of Buganda. According to the traditions of the Baganda they are ruled by two kings, one spiritual and the other material.

The spiritual, or supernatural, king is represented by the Royal Drums. These are regalia called Mujaguzo and, as they always exist, the Buganda at any time will always have a king. Mujaguzo, like any other king, has his own palace, officials, servants, and palace guards. The material, human prince has to perform special cultural rites on the Royal Drums before he can be declared king of the Kingdom of Buganda. Upon the birth of a royal prince or princess, the Royal Drums are sounded by drummers specially selected from a specified clan as a means of informing the subjects of the kingdom of the birth of new member of the royal family. The same Royal Drums are sounded upon the death of a reigning king to officially announce the death of the material king. According to Buganda culture, a king does not die but gets lost in the forest and he is henceforth referred to as Sekabaka . Inside the royal tomb, for example the Kasubi Tombs and the Wamala Tombs, one is shown the entrance of the forest where the sekabaka’s live. It is taboo to look beyond the entrance of the forest..

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The principals consorts of the Kabaka: styled Abakyala (Lady) and holding the following titles in descending rank Naabagareka, Kaddulubaale, Kabejja, Nassaza, Nanzigu, Kikome, Luyiga, Nakaddu, Muwunda, mwaziza, Naakasala, Nakiboja, musuuna, Nabanaku, Kavebukasa,  Mulawula, Nakimera, Omubunge, Nankole, Omuweeweesi, Musenero, 

i) The wife of Kabaka who becomes mother of the next Kabaka: Namasole                                          

ii) The convener  of the Royal Council: Ssabalangira.   

iii) A favourate son of the Kabaka, who does’nt become King but he is marked: Ow’omutuba

iv) The sister of the Kabaka in charge of royal tomb: Naalinya, i.e. the Princess Royal.
v) The eldest son of the Kabaka: Kiweewa.

vi)The eldest daughter of the Kabaka: Nassolo.                               

vii) The Second Daughter of the Kabaka: Kagere.                            

viii)The third daughter of the Kabaka: Nabaloga.

ix)The younger sons, grandsons, and male descendants of the x) Kabaka in the male line: Omulangira, i.e. Prince.

x) The daughters, grand-daughters and female descendants of the Kabaka in the male line: Omumbejja, i.e. Princess.

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RULES OF SUCCESSION: ‘Okulya Nnamulondo’
Male primogeniture, legitimate sons and/ grandsons taking precedence over those born of secondary wives.

ONLY ROYALS of MUJAGUZO and KANABBA can succeed to the Royal New Picture (5)Throne of Buganda

i) The sons and Daughters of the Kabaka: Mujaguzo Royals

ii) The grand sons and grand daughters of the Kabaka: Kanabba Royals

Buganda has no concept equivalent to the Crown Prince. All the princes are equally treated prior to the coronation of a new king following the death of a reigning monarch. However, during the period of a reigning king, a special council has the mandate to study the behavior and characteristics of the young princes. The reigning king, informed by the recommendation of the special council, selects one prince to be his successor. In a secret ceremony, the selected prince is given a special piece of bark cloth by the head of the special verification council. The name of the “king-to-be” is kept secret by the special council until the death of the reigning king. When all the princes and princesses are called to view the body of the late king lying in state, the selected prince lays the special piece of bark cloth over the body of the late king, revealing himself as the successor to the throne.

By tradition, Baganda children take on the clan of their biological fathers. However, princes take on the clan of their biological mothers on becoming a king (Kabaka) This is to ensure that each of the 56 clans of Baganda gets a chance of producing a future king of Buganda, since a reigning king can marry from any of the 56 clans except that of his biological mother.

The first born prince, by tradition called Kiweewa, is not allowed to become king. This was carefully planned to protect him against any attempted assassinations in a bid to fight for the crown. Instead he is given special roles to play in the matters of the royal family and kingdom. Thus, the name of the possible successor to the throne remains secret.

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14 responses to “Enyanjula – Introduction

  1. I am a proud Muganda from the lineage of Ssekabaka Kimera and as a grandson of Mugwanya Stanlus(one of the three assistants of Ssekabaka Daudi Chwa), and for my love and life I gave to the Lord God our God, Christ, Long Live the Kabaka Of Buganda.

  2. thoz who pretend that they counter buganda they dont know that when they move out it makes a foundation 4 them God will bless them

  3. Am proud of buganda my kingdom. i love my kingdom as my grand father omulangira kitayimbya mumilasanafu from mawogola did to escape the father of our king now.

  4. there should be royal meetings…so that we get to know each other

  5. let us embrace our culture and protect our kingdom…LONG LIVE AYI SSABASAJJA

  6. Am greatiful for the high lights on my kingdom I love it not being only a Muganda but my father the late Prince Bbemba Joseph served the Royal family for the rest of his life. Long live oh King of Buganda.

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