The house in Seguku
Maggie has barely had any happy moments since the death of AK 47. She was presented by Gerald Mayanja to the public as a victim who needed support, what with a set of twins and another child. During vigils, there was mention of the need to get a home for the twins.
“I went to Seguku with her kids to mourn my husband’s mysterious death and no one questioned me because everyone was in grief. I heard rumours about his other kids, and waited for them but none turned up. During that mourning period, I was told AK’s house belonged to the kids and me the mother,” the pale and now dishevelled Maggie says.
That was when Mzee Mayanja gave Carol (Maggie’s sister) money and told her to go and clear all bills and get all property from the Makindye rental. It was done without Maggie’s consent. “Everything was brought to Emma’s house in Seguku in which I had not stepped foot,” she cries.
During the period, the kids were living in horrible conditions — out in the cold with all sorts of mourners in close contact. Naturally, they fell sick.
“I left Seguku on March 27 and went straight to International Hospital in Namuwongo because I thought my kids would have that good medication they had in UK since it was an international hospital. However I wasn’t helped. I later went to Kadic Hospital where my kids were treated but for the week I was in hospital, none of the Mayanjas called to find out where I was. All I heard was that Mrs. Mayanja informed Police that I had disappeared with the kids,” says Maggie.
For most of that time, Maggie and the three kids were under Police protection. Disappeared, from Police, her protectors? She repeated a similar Maggie disappearance claim last Sunday on a TV show. But before last Sunday, there was more intrigue and manipulation.
From hospital, Maggie went to her father’s house in Kasubi because he (father) thought she couldn’t share a roof with my parents-in-law. It’s an abomination for the Baganda.
“My father called Mr. Mayanja informing him that I will be staying home for five days. Mr. Mayanja told my father that we should get someone on our way to Seguku to witness the signing of the agreement that indicated that the house belonged to the kids and I,” remembers Maggie.
It was a shock when the party got to Seguku to hear a different story from Mayanja. “He said that the land where Emma had built belonged to him and so does the house. He added that we (I and the kids) were not to enter the house until the kids were taken for a DNA test,” she says.
He did stop at that. He nailed it and said that Maggie did not contribute any money towards building the house and she is not even married to him (the owner of the house). “They all knew I used to send money for building,” she confides.
Maggie returned to Kasubi, the children fell sick and were treated at Kampala Independent Hospital “that has doctors from London” (her words).
Kasubi was not conducive for Maggie and the kids because of nosy neighbours. “Some joined Mrs. Mayanja in accusing me of being involved in Emma’s death,” she reveals. Soon, she left home for an apartment. She was also accused of seeking “cheap” popularity from the media after the death. “Mr. Mayanja told me not to talk to the press or I would lose everything,” she is quick to add.
She now seems to have given up all hope, the reason why she accepted an interview with us.
It is a tale on manipulation. First, Gerald Mayanja, in front of the press, gave Maggie the keys to the house and pronounced, “The house belongs to you and the children.” However, before she could set up in the house, he called her and told her that she could not have the house. She was later told that the locks to the house were changed.
Before Maggie gave up on the house, her family got involved in the struggle. After AK 47’s burial, she went to live with her father in Kasubi. Most of her sisters (they are eight children) work and live abroad. Her mother (who also lives abroad) came to visit and advise her. On the other front, her father Paul Kiwesi was in contact with Mzee Mayanja and visited Seguku to check on the progress of the house.
In Maggie Nalongo’s words, she angrily summed up the experience. “Mr. Mayanja even got the guts of giving me one key during the vigil to the house but he later stopped me from accessing the house.
The only time I went to that house is when we were still mourning and they called me to pose for a picture with my kids next to the house. I wasn’t even allowed to pick my property that was got from Makindye. I was stopped from accessing the house, claiming my kids had to go for a DNA test for them to enter the house; which DNA has not been talked about for a while.
“I was even forced to take my mother to Seguku to claim my kids’ house and my property but instead they insisted that I couldn’t move in and they took AK’s car from me claiming that all his belongings have to be in Seguku.”
However, Maggie put all the drama about the house at the back of her mind. She told Mr. Mayanja that she planned to baptise the children. He accepted, “but he didn’t help me with the church charges.” She requested Chameleone to be a God father for her son. Her mother was to be the God mother of the daughter. Chameleone did not respond to her until the very last day when his wife told her that he was busy rehearsing for his Wale Wale concert. Mr. Mayanja, who had turned up for the baptism, instantly became the God Father.
The family had booked for a luncheon at Serena where none of the Mayanjas showed up. Only Pallaso showed up almost a few minutes to the end of the function and posed for pictures with the kids.
“I no longer need that house because I also bought land I will soon build them a house,” she says confidently.
“I am actually trying to get help from the British embassy to let me get back to London but there is no airline that will allow me get on a plane with three infants unless I get someone from the social service to help me carry one kid.
I actually told them that I am jobless here and since we are all citizens of Britain, they are trying to help me go back because I have a job in London,” she says on a note of hope.
Nalongo speaks out on AK’s kids
Maggie and AK 47 had three kids, one Xavier Andre Mayanja and the twins (Canaan Ace Mayanja Wasswa and Connie Allard Mayanja Nakato). She insists that she kept asking Emma if he had other kids and he told her that he didn’t have any. She also talked about Kyle, the other kid that was brought about the burial claiming that AK had actually told all of them, his family inclusive that he at one time had a relationship with her but that Kid (Kyle) wasn’t his but he belonged to one Isaac who Emma knew well.
Maggie claims that she sent AK money to take the kid for DNA but the mother (Marian Abdul) foxed and didn’t take the child but rather went to FIDA and reported that AK47 had refused to take care of their kid.
She says that all the Mayanjas know that Kyle isn’t Emma’s kid but she got surprised when she found out that Humphrey was using him as his facebook profile picture claiming that a man can have as many kids as he wants.
She adds that the Mayanjas told her about the kid Emma has in Australia but when she asked her husband about it, he said that he had been in Australia for only one week and the girl claiming to have his baby is one Babirye Safinah with whom he can’t have kids because literally she is like his daughter since AK was a salongo. Maggie says that she is not so sure of that kid until he is brought back to Uganda for a DNA test.
“The Mayanjas also asked to stay with my first son Xavier, saying that he would remind them of Emma. I told them that my kids were British citizens so I had to first inform the Notary of Britain that I was giving out my son before the stated age of 16. However, before I processed the agreement, they were showing me their true colours. I decided to stay with my kid to save him from his own blood.
A lot has been said about Emma’s kids but I promise the Mayanjas that I will never give them any of my kids even when they scare me to death; forcing me to hide from my own family. Their accusations forced to delete all my social media accounts and also switch off my phone so that I don’t get in contact with any of them. I no longer need them to raise my three kids because even when I needed them, they didn’t offer me any help.
King Saha, Balaam to the rescue
“It is really weird when I say that none of AK’s brothers has come out to help us, the very first week after Emma’s death, I was in contact with Pallaso but since then I haven’t even received a call from them to find out how my kids are. I really thank King Saha and his manager Sam Mukasa because they are always trying to find out how we are doing and Saha usually calls me to go and shop for my kids and he always caters for the bill.
At one time I also bumped into Sheeba when I was coming from church and she gave me shs100,000 for kids’ care.
The only person who actually comes home to check on us is Balaam. He calls my sister often to find out how we are. He also used to come here and made sure we were fine.