A bush war hero Lt Swalich Nyakana showed up at New Vision offices in Industrial Area asking for help to link up with his “daughter” and diva Sheebah Karungi.
Nyakana who insists his is not after Sheebah’s fame or money, says he met her mother “Maama Karungi” during the National Resistance Army Liberation war.
In 1980, he joined the army and fought for five years before defecting from Lutwa’s government to join then NRA rebel leader Yoweri Museveni.
He told New Vision that he was one of the soldiers that surrendered with a tank from Fort Portal before crossing through Mbarara to Lwengo where he met Sheebah’s mother.
She was at that time living in Kinoni, Masaka.
“We had a relationship and she became pregnant with Sheebah but shortly after we parted ways as I was deployed to fight in the liberation of Kampala,” he told Vision.
The couple reunited in 1988 when Sheebah was just a baby. He was then living in Bombo army barracks.
“I requested my elder brother [working with Uganda Transport Corporation [UTC] who is also the father of Aisha Karungi to help me out.”
He took them to the village where Sheebah was named Karungi. They later re-joined him at Bombo barracks.
Nyakana was later deployed to fight against Lakwena rebel group in northern Uganda.
While returning from the war, Nyakana was transferred to Kasijjagirwa barracks in Masaka in 1990.
He has since been looking for his wife and daughter. He wants to meet Sheebah and introduce her to her kinsmen back home in the village in Masindi district.
On November 11, 2019, the dancer and actress clocked 30 years old.
The Swagga Mama spent the moment with her mother Edith Kabazungu who she says raised her a single parent in Kawempe, a Kampala suburb.
According to the records, she was born in 1989.