Rev. Ronald Kalende had earlier denied fathering the child with a 23-year old Perusi Serena Nabirye.
KAMPALA - A paternity Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) test has confirmed that the suspended Kazo Church of Uganda priest, Rev. Ronald Kalende had a child with his church choir pianist.
Rev. Ronald Kalende had earlier denied fathering the child with a 23-year old Perusi Serena Nabirye, until the state minister for youth and children affairs, Florence Nakiwala Kiyingi, intervened in the matter.
However, New Vision learnt that even after meeting with the minister, the priest insisted on a DNA test.
Subsequently, the DNA test was also conducted last week at the MBN Clinical laboratories Limited, Nakasero and the results conclusively showed that Kalende is the biological father of Nabirye's baby, Mirembe Israella Reign.
"In all the 22 analysed loci of the STR system, a matching allele was detected between Ronald Kalende and Israella Mirembe Reign. Therefore, Kalende can be considered the biological father of Mirembe and by no means can he be excluded," the report states.
The results were released by the lab administrators to Rev. Emmanuel Ssewanyana, the Archdeacon of St Stephen's Kazo, reportedly on behalf Kalende. Also present was the mother of the child, Nabirye.
"I am happy that the DNA has confirmed the biological father of my child," Nabirye told journalists immediately after receiving the results
The child saga recently prompted the Namirembe Diocese Bishop, Wilberforce Kityo Luwalira, to order the suspension of Kalende and Rev. Julius Matovu of Jjungo parish under the archdeaconry of Entebbe.
Kalende had accused Matovu of being responsible for Nabirye's baby. Amid the child saga, Kalende went ahead with the introduction ceremony and wedding with Ms Elusah Ssanyu Namuyige, at a ceremony held at St Paul's Cathedral, Namirembe on January 17.
Namuyige is the daughter of a priest, Rev. Daniel Sserumbaawo