Sir Edward Muteesa was the first President of Uganda after they gained Independence from Britain in 1962. Born November 19, 1924, Sir Edward Muteesa was the thirty-fifth Kabaka of Buganda and was popularly called “King Freddie,” by Western media.
The name “King Freddie” was not popular in Uganda, like Sir Edward Frederick William David Walugembe Mutebi Luwangula Mutesa which was his official name.
Sir Edward Muteesa was elected King of Buganda at the age of 15 after the death of his father. However, he reigns under a Council of Regents until his 18th birthday when he was officially crowned King of Buganda.
He became President in 1962 and worked hand in hand with Milton Obote who was the Country’s Prime Minister until their coalition collapsed in 1964.