The Observer (Kampala)

Uganda: Wolokoso - FDC Presidential Candidates in Debate

opinion

Forget about the Barack Obama, Mitt Romney slugfests on television, which preceded the US presidential elections on November 8.

The seats are already running out at Imperial Royale hotel, where a no-holds-barred debate will pit the three FDC presidential contenders Nandala Mafabi, Maj Gen Mugisha Muntu and Geoffrey Ekanya against one another tomorrow. According to the organizers of the event, the three have all confirmed their participation for the debate, which takes place barely four days before the FDC goes to polls at Namboole stadium to elect a new party president.

Party strategists are doing some background checks, picking popular lines ahead of the debate. However, it remains to be seen if the performance of the candidates will influence the outcome of the election.

Minister Tumwebaze fails to trace hall during cabinet retreat:

They say even sharp-witted individuals can sometimes fail seemingly simple tests. During a cabinet retreat at Imperial Royale hotel recently, Frank Tumwebaze, the minister in charge of the Presidency, failed to find his way to the meeting room.

Trouble started when the new minister got into a lift to go up. After disembarking on the sixth floor, Tumwebaze searched for the meeting room but in vain. Distressed and about to give up, the eloquent politician was rescued by a hotel worker who directed him to Primrose hall, on the fourth floor.

Fortunately, Tumwebaze was not in entirely uncharted territory: when he was new in Parliament in 2006, he once entered the chambers through the Speaker's door.

Muyingo loves Corporate Nook:

Junior Education Minister John Chrysostom Muyingo is known to be quite selective and classy. But it seems he is a politician, after all, who loves to go where the ordinary people are.

Revellers were recently surprised when the minister gracefully stormed a kafunda along Namugongo road to relax. Since then he has been seen there on a number of occasions, which was starting to change people's impression of him. Folks who live nearby have now made it a habit to hang at Corporate Nook to be able to rub shoulders with the likes of Muyingo.

However, Wolokoso was told that Muyingo visits the kafunda because he is a friend of the proprietor, a New Vision scribe who was his student at Uganda Martyrs SS Namugongo.

Bwoch jokes about retirement:

The Accountant General in the ministry of Finance, Gustavo Bwoch ,is a tormented man ever since the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) began investigating billions of shillings embezzled in the office of the Prime Minister.

Bwoch has come under fire for transferring the internal auditor Samuel Wejula who detected the fraud. And last week, while appearing before PAC, alongside Deputy Secretary to the Treasury Keith Muhakanizi, Bwoch said maybe it was time for him to retire. He made the light comment shortly before the committee started a session.

"Maybe I should retire now. I cannot take on the stress, I could be better off looking after cows and farming," he said.

Wolokoso has found no evidence to suggest Bwoch was serious - about the retiring bit.

MP Baka gets new iPhone

Bukooli North MP Steven Baka was all over the moon last week, after purchasing the latest iPhone 5 on the market. It is understood that Baka now walks with palpable swagger. Even his honourable friends look at him with some admiration.

However, Wolokoso has learnt that the MP also needed his friends to be able to make maximum use of his new possession. Because the phone is still new on the market, Bakka could not handle some of the latest features. It was not until his IT-savvy colleague Vincent Bagiire came to his rescue, that Baka breathed a sigh of relief.

Wolokoso hopes the iPhone will make Baka a more effective MP. He can quickly check things on the web during meetings, and answer Wolokoso's emails on the go.

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