The Ngo clansmen are a royal group because they descend from Kkeeya who was son of Kabaka Kintu. Their principal estates are in Bukesa, Butambala where Kintu first built his palace on a hill called Munywa. Kkeeya was born in this palace.
His father later built another palace in Nnono and called upon his son Kkeeya to join him, but he refused and stayed in Bukesa. He felt his son deserved better but Kkeeya insisted on staying in Bukesa which place he had grown so fond of. The name Muteesaasira which his father gave him came out of pity for his son. It means having no self-pity.
The Ngo clansmen don’t eat any animal that has been killed or scratched by any animal or bird of prey. Such an animal is known as ‘bitaguuju.’
This clan was persecuted so much because of its royal links. Among the many branches, one of them was eligible for the throne. Reigning kings would always capture this group and execute most of its men to reduce the risk of being overthrown.
Their only official royal duty was to take care of the temple on the Magonga hill, where Kintu first lived and where he disappeared too.
Mwanje of the Ngo clan is the one in charge of Kintu’s Nonno palace and this started way back when Kkeeye refused to follow his father and sent his son Mwanje to serve Kintu his grandfather. (Check nsimbi’s book page 210 for their other royal duties)
The head of this clan is Muteesaasira and their chief estates are in Busujju – Magonga,
Bweya – Bukesa and Kyaggwe – Bukoba.
Kkeeya, Muleme, Mwanje, Kintu, Lubowa, Sennabulya, Kavuma, Ssekiranda, Ssekidde, Ssemuju, Ssekyewa, Sserubambula, Nkwanga, Kanakukya, Ssegirinya, Buwambo, Kakumba, Balimutta, Ssemuyaba, Sekulima, Katabula, Kalyango
Nannono, Namuleme, Namwanje, Nakintu, Nalubowa, Nabulya (When Nakibinge died, his wife Nannono presided over as Kabaka and the name Nabulya which literally means ‘I ate it’ insinuating I once took royal power was introduced in this clan to remind the other clans that a woman from the Leopard clan once had power), Nvuma, Nakiranda, Nakidde, Nakyejwe, Naluwu, Nabbuto, Luyiga, Nakulima
This large cat which is usually mistaken for a cheetah is also spotted but the rosettes make the diference. The spots of a cheetah are all solid while the leopard’s spots with the exception of the ones on the face are grouped like petals of a rose flower.
Among females the head and body measure 104-140 cm and the weight is 28-60kg while males head and body measure 130-190cm and their weight is 35-90kg. Tails in both sexes are between 60 and 110cm.
Gestation is 90-112 days and up to six cubs can be born usually in a burrow or dense thicket. They mature after two years and leopards can live up to twenty years. They are an endangered species.