KAMPALA – The rift between city tycoon Mohan Kiwanuka and lawyer Jordan Ssebuliba has taken a new twist after the former expelled the latter from all roles in the family’s businesses and also disowned him as his son.
Mr Kiwanuka and Ms Ssebuliba are currently tussling it out in court, with the son claiming the father is unable to manage the business empire due to poor health. As a result, he wants the court to grant him the management of the estate. However, in response, Mr Kiwanuka denies being mentally ill and claims that Ssebuliba is not even his son.
And now Mr Kiwanuka, in a statement made to police last week, said his son Ssebuliba crossed the red line after going to court seeking declare his father no longer capable of rational judgment.
He says in a police statement that his son Ssebuliba made things worse when “he chose to cover up his greed by dragging my wife Maria Kiwanuka into the saga.” Maria is a former finance minister.
As a result, Mr Kiwanuka says that he has stripped his son of the roles of a company secretary and appointed Francis Buwule of Buwule and Mayiga Advocates.
“I also hereby acknowledge that decision to appoint Maria Nabasirye Kiwanuka as company director. My wife has served as minister of finance of Uganda. I believe she has the competence which the companies can benefit from,” he said.
“I have endeavored to provide Ssebuliba a promising future. His powers as a company secretary were revoked by me,” Mr Kiwanuka added.
Kiwanuka has two wives; Maria and Beatrice. Beatrice is the mother of Ssebuliba.
But in the written statement to police, Mr Kiwanuka said: “Ssebuliba Kiwanuka has been known as my son, although he is not. I have always disputed his paternity since he was born…his mother is aware and the name Ssebuliba was given to him by my brother Abbot.”
Last week, High Court Judge Musa Ssekaana issued an interim order restraining Mr Ssebuliba, his agents, servants, associates, advisors or anyone acting upon his instructions from interfering with the 33 properties/ businesses.