By Sania Babirye
The wife to former vice president Gilbert Balibaseka Bukenya has petitioned the high court seeking to dissolve her marriage accusing Bukenya of deserting their marriage by engaging in various endless adulterous relationships .
Margret Mary Musoke Bukenya married Bukenya on the 21st of September 1974 and had three children with him including Richard Mutawongo Bukenya who is 45 years old , 42 year old Georgina Nabukenya Bukenya and 37 year old Gilbert Roy Bukenya.
However, through Ligomare advocates, Mrs.Bukenya has filed for divorce on grounds that Bukenya has not been faithful.
According to documents before court, Mrs. Bukenya claims that in the course of the Marriage, Bukenya has deserted her at their family matrimonial home and instead engaged in endless instances of adultery and infidelity and subjecting her to endless acts of emotional distress and abuse.
In support of her petition , Mrs Bukenya has sighted various sexual relationships which she claims that Bukenya has been engaging in through out the years.
These include Bukenya having several affairs which have highly been publicized in the media much in her shame and ridicule including that with popular musician Irene Namubiru and Princess Sheila Nvanungi.
Bukenya is also allegedly accused of having a sexual relationship with a one Josephine Nakku whom Mrs.Bukenya says is his personal assistant.
Mrs.Bukenya has also stated alleged adulterous affairs which She says Bukenya has been having through out the course of their over 40 years of marriage including:
A repeated adulterous affair with a one Teddy Nadagire between 1982/83 whom she says resulted in a child and now deceased captain Brian Bukenya.
She also claims that in the 1990’s Bukenya had an affair with a one Stella Njuba who is now deceased and fathered two children with her and constructed them a house in Bunamwaya where they live.
Bukenya is further a accused of having sexual relationship with a one Jamila Nakku in 2004 and that the two lived together at their country home in Nagulu Lwantama and that Jamila publicly claimed Bukenya as her husband alleging that Bukenya had married her at a cultural function at her parents home .
Other alleged adulterous relationships include in 2000 with a one Margret Kabasinguzi Nyabongo who was allegedly part of his mobilization team in his constituency which resulted also in a child forcing the mistress to end her marriage and that Bukenya is still seeing them at a home in Fort Portal which he built for them.
Court documents further states that in 2014, Bukenya started a sexual relationship with a one Justine Najembe and fathered a now about four years child with and currently live in a house in Namayumba in Wakiso district which he also constructed for them and Namujju Cissy also a former political mobilizer .
Mrs.Bukenya says that she has been a witness to some of these extra marital affairs and that despite confronting Bukenya on the same, he has not been repentant or shown any sign that he is willing to desist from these ridiculous and demeaning behavior.
She says that she been abandoned by Bukenya without any explanation whatsoever in a manner that can only amount to desertion since:
Bukenya has not spent a night at their family matrimonial home in Ntinda since July 2012.
She further states that before that, Bukenya would visit briefly in October 2011 and July 2012 when he was released from prison and that since then, she has only visited once in May 2015 .
She is also accusing Bukenya of of failing to give her any provision or upkeep for the maintenance of the their family residence since his abandonment which resulted in her guards that were given to her as a wife of a former vice president withdrawn because she was mot able to feed them.
She also says that Bukenya issued strict instructions to her to stay away from their country home in Busiro Block 233 plot 7 land in Nagulu Lwantama nearly 10 years now and that only visits the home on invitations to attend social functions.
Mrs.Bukenya is accusing Bukenya of living at a different home in Garuga for the past 10 years where he is allegedly known to host scandalous sexual parties including the famous Bikini parties with young girls, city Socialites to embarrassment of his wife and family.
She says that she has become the never ending source of ridicule and embarrassment in the media following Bukenya’s shameless behaviours with women and girls especially with the media making direct mention of her as his wife.
She also says that due to those extra marital affairs, she has constantly endured the agony and fear of not only undergoing HIV and STD tests, but also worrying about her safety in light of the claims from other women that Bukenya is their legal husband on top of undergoing constant spiritual therapy.
Mrs.Bukenya is also accusing Bukenya of cutting off all communication with her for several years without returning or answering her phone calls forcing her to suffer humiliation since she had to ho through third parties including his staff and mistresses to reach him.
Mrs.Bukenya says that basing on such behaviors by Bukenya despite being 70 years old, her sacred Catholic beliefs against divorce or Bukenya ever changing and wanting to live as husband and wife have been dashed hence seeking the marriage to be dissolved.
Meanwhile, Mrs. Bukenya says that during their marriage, she dedicated her earnings and savings as a doctor with organizations like save the children Fund and AMREF solely to fending for her children and development of her family and educating her children on top of contributing to the acquisition and development of several properties registered in Bukenya’s name.
These include the purchase and development of home in Garuga, Kakiri Busiro and says she is entitled to a share of the same despite the said properties being in Bukenya’s name.
She has also asked the high court to award her alimony in line with the life she is stationed to and also be awarded half value of the property she contributed to as determined by a valuer of the high court.
She also wants Bukenya to pay costs to the suit and other relief court will deem fit.