Rashid Kawere, a little known boda boda rider who claimed mid last year that he was one of the sons to deceased Kampala socialite Ivan Ssemwanga has been disproved by DNA results.
Speaking at a clan meeting where Pinto Ssemwanga, one of Zari’s eldest sons was being named the official heir of Ivan Sswemwanga recently, the clan head recognised that Kawere could be one of Ivan’s sons probably because of his striking resemblance with the late but then tasked the family to carry out DNA tests before officially confirming him as one of them.
However, the DNA results released yesterday indicated that Kawere is not related to Ssemwanga family.
“In case of a patrilineal relationship, Ssemwanga George- the alleged paternal uncle and Kawere Rashid- the nephew must have a matching allele in all the analyzed Y-STR system. A patrilineal; the relationship between the tested persons is impossible if there are more than three loci without a matching allele. In the present case, in 11 of the 23 analysed loci of the Y-STR, there was no common allele between Ssemwanga George and Kawere Rashid. Based on the 11 un-matching loci, Ssemwanga George can be excluded as the biological relative of Kawere Rashid through their male lineage,” the DNA results dated January 22, 2020 reads in part.
“Consequently, it is obviously impossible that Ssemwanga George is a relative to Kawere Rashid,” Moses Sanya and Dr Freddie Bwanga of the Nakasero-based MBN Clinical Laboratories added in their DNA report.