If you are looking for the most fruitful man in Africa, you must travel all the way down to Uganda to meet 65-year-old Mustafa Magambo Mutone. He is a proud father of 176 children, 90 grandchildren and has 13 wives and 10 girlfriends.
According to Mustafa, he has financial challenges to train them all and wants the government to support some of its 176 children.
“I’ve tried to feed my 13 wives and over 170 children and it’s not easy. I urge the government to at least sponsor 30 of my children in high school and tertiary institutions, says Mutone, a businessman and a resident of Kyaterekera’s trading center in the Kagadi district,” he said.
He added that he has over 40 children in elementary school and plans to establish his own primary school and elementary school in Kyaterekera State. He says he has about 10 children in the universities (Makerere, Mbarara and Kyambogo), most of them on private sponsorship. Mutone has five pairs of twins among her children. His children will beat 180 at the end of the year because six of his wives are pregnant.
Mutone, a Mubwisi of the tribe, is chairman of Kyaterekera A city. He was born January 1, 1952 in Kiryabwenju, Nyamiti Parish, Muhorro City Council in Kagadi District. His first marriage was 1968 at the age of 16.
In an interview with Uganda’s News Vision, he declared that he is still strong enough to marry more wives and carry more children because he does not drink alcohol, smoke or take sugar.
Mutone, who deals in products (beans, corn and coffee), is also a wholesaler at Kyaterekera’s trading center. He says that some of his wife works as midwives at Mulago Hospital and Mbarara Hospital and in Rwanda.
“Two of my twin-daughters are in Kampala and Isingiro, who work as midwives, while another two – Haniffer Kabasomi and Jane Tuhaise – work as nurses. My youngest wife is 25, and the oldest is 50, but I had about 10 girlfriends before I went officially and they delivered the same year, “said Mutone.
According to him, his firstborn child is 49, while the youngest are four-year-old twins. He also noted that he has over 90 grandchildren. The gray-haired Mutone said that he has a special book, registering every child born, either inland or out, because he has some wives in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Burundi.
He said that one of the challenges he faced is the long distance that some of his women live in different parts of the country.
“I receive about 10 calls each day from different wives who want attention, but I can not be everywhere. I have seven wives in Kagadi. I have no challenge to support them because some of them support themselves because they work,” Mutone said.
Madina Tibasiima, 45, one of his wives with nine children, said she had not encountered any problems with a large family because most of her children work as soldiers, civil servants and nurses. However, she said that her younger children need tuition fees. some are in elementary school and others in high school.
One of Mutone’s sons, Kyaise Suwedi, 40, the resident security officer in Kyaterekera, Gombolola, said his monthly salary gives rise to some of his brothers education.
“We were prepared by our father to be responsible, have good morale and work hard. The only challenge is the large number of dependents on other wives who have children between the ages of four and 13,” says Kyaise.
While another son, Muhamad Byarufu, 45, said he owns a company and helps pay school fees for some of his younger brothers.
“We have a program to start a school with our father, because some of my brothers are teachers. We will not find a problem hiring teachers and getting students to teach. Some of my young brothers are in primary elsewhere and some of our stepmother’s children are in school age. They can fill the classes, “he said.
Two months ago, we also reported about an Ugandan woman identified as Mariam Nabatanzi Babirye, who has 38 children, most twins, triplets and quadruples, and she born them all at home.