Ntare VI of Ankole

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Ntare VI (January 10, 1940 – October 14, 2011), born John Patrick Barigye, is the Omugabe of Nkore or Ankole and the 27th of the Bahinda dynasty, although he does not rule over Ankole.[1]

Barigye graduated in economics from Cambridge University in England in 1962 and has subsequently been ambassador in West Germany and the Vatican. Idi Amin, then president of Uganda, gave Barigye a job as an ambassador after Barigye and Barigye’s father publicly asked Amin not to restore the monarchy.[2] His children are: Alexander Kahaya Siinga, Emmanuel Ruhinda Siima, Fredrick Jojo Wamala Namara, Charles Rwebishengye Aryaija Ntomi ya Rugazinda and Caroline Keza Korwizi, Olivia, Toyah and Yvonne.

 Coronation and kingship

His coronation took place on November 20, 1993 and was subsequently nullified by the NRM government He is the first king after the kingship had been abolished 1967. The kingship in Ankole is still not restored, contrary to the other kingdoms in Uganda viz Toro, Buganda and Bunyoro. President Museveni himself nullified the coronation in 1993, saying the people of Ankole had to decide. At the moment John Patrick Barigye (the King’s Christian name) is living a rather quiet life in his palace in Mbarara, Ankole, Western Uganda. He is the patron of the Nkore Trust Foundation, an organisation that is trying to restore the kingship in Ankole.


Before his death, Barigye was in the middle of a divorce suit with his wife Denise Kwezi and mother of his four children. The case was before the Nakawa Chief Magistrate’s court. However, the court had advised the couple to amicably settle the dispute out of court to avoid exposing their affairs in public.

In his divorce suit filed at Nakawa Court, Barigye stated that he made several attempts towards restoring marital harmony, but his wife neither had the willingness nor the desire to resume the marriage


  1. ^ Mubangizi, Michael (17 January 2010). “Barigye declared king of Ankole”. The Observer. Retrieved 17 March 2011.
  2. ^ Mwakikagile, Godfrey (2009). Uganda : the land and its people (1st ed. ed.). Dar es Salaam, Tanzania: New Africa Press. pp. 89. ISBN 9789987930890.
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