Former Kampala mayor Nasser Sebaggala won custody of his six-year old son whom he had with Sylvia Owori. Carol Kasujja chatted with him about the case, cash and relationships
Hajji, when and how did you meet Sylvia Owori?
A real Muganda man does not talk about his love life in public. What you should know is that I had a happy relationship with Sylvia Owori and that is why she decided to bear me a child. That child was not a mistake. We both agreed. When I had issues with Naava Nabagesera, I decided not to share anything in the media and it helped me.
By the time you dated Owori, she was engaged to a white man, weren’t you afraid?
She did not look like she had someone in her life because on several occasions, we went abroad together for months. I never heard anyone call her at night, so she looked like someone who was available.
Don’t you think your actions are hurting your wife?
Don’t forget that I come from a Muslim background. I have been with my wife for 36 years and she has looked after my other children. So she cannot divorce me because I got another child. Let me tell you my daughter; never divorce a man you have been with for a long time just because you have seen him with another woman. Those women are always there for a short time.
Sebaggala showing the reporter photographs of his children
By the way, how many children do you have?
I have 18 children. My first born is 45 years and she lives in America with her family. As you people were going to school to study, I was busy getting children and making money.
Is it true that you dated Desire Luzinda?
I do not know why journalists like that question. She is my friend. I am always invited to functions where
she performs. We do not have any romantic feelings.
You can ask her.
You are always seen with drunkards. As a Muslim, don’t they affect you?
I do not drink or smoke, but that cannot stop me from associating with my friends who drink.
Actually, if you were not working, I was going to offer you a glass of wine because we have wine in the fridge for our visitors. I am a politician. I need people. Even my wife is not Muslim.
Since you have more than two women, where do you spend most of your time?
If I am not out of the country with my other family, I am always at home with my wife. I love spending time with my grandchildren.
What kind of father are you?
I am a strict father. I have raised my children in the Kiganda culture. I am not bragging but my children have character. In my home, a girl child kneels when she is greeting people. When you are addressing people, you do not call them by their names, you have to start with Mr, Miss or Mrs. During weekends, our maids rest. It is my elder sons and daughters to help around.
There is a lot of single mothers, what advice do you have for women?
I call today’s women ‘I can afford to pay my bills’. When you have an appointment with her and you delay, she calls and assures you she can afford to pay her bills. I wish women would respect men. Women, do not bring your powers from work to home. Be a wife when you are at home.