In 1972 the then US Ambassador, his wife, along with Joseph Mubiru ex Bank of Uganda Governor, and Fr Kigundu Editor of Munno newspaper paid a visit to Cardinal Nsubuga. President Iddi Amin was not amused.The visits became regular and Amin dispatched his Chief of Protocol to Cardinal Nsubuga and Mubiru to warn them about hosting the Ambassador and his family frequently in Rubaga.The visits were purely simple social ones as it turned out. Joseph Mubiru wanted Cardinal Nsubuga to meet his friend the new, US Ambassador (a catholic) to Uganda. Both were students in New York University.
The visits was too much for Amin, as Mariam Press the publisher of the catholic newspaper Munno of which Fr Kigundu was the Editor continued to be the only widely respected and quoted newspaper at the time with news about Uganda. What happened to Mubiru and Fr Kigundu is now history.
However heads of states and other foreign dignitaries have been paying visits to the seat of Buganda Kingdom for years. Ali Khan and later his son the Aga Khan paid annual visits to Muteesa. (His son cannot visit Mutebi today because of his extensive investments in Uganda). Emperor Haile Selasie of Ethiopia visited the Kabaka of Buganda and many such visits took place. The Banda visit is a continuation.