The Observer (Kampala)

Uganda: Wolokoso - Is Aronda Leaving?

A rumour mill doing its rounds has it that the Chief of Defence Forces, Gen Aronda Nyakairima, has been relieved of the big office.

This has been one of the hot topics on social media. Aronda's position continues to be shrouded in mystery ever since Uganda lost three choppers and eight air-force officials in a bizarre accident on the ranges of Mt Kenya. But by press time, Aronda remained the official CDF, with one theory suggesting that senior UPDF officer obsessed with replacing Aronda, were behind the malicious rumour.

Maria can't do without internet:

Finance Minister Maria Kiwanuka is a cyberspace aficionado. Shortly after attending the royal wedding in Fort Portal, Kiwanuka quickly dashed to the internet café at Mountains of the Moon hotel where she spent the night.

Unlike other folks who were indulging in drinking, Kiwanuka who is known to be a very disciplined and hardworking woman, set to work. She spent a cool one hour in the café, while others drank and talked the night away.

Mugira, Rwakitarate party in Fort Portal:

Brigadiers Moses Rwakitarate and James Mugira descended on Mountains of the Moon hotel in Fort Portal shortly after attending the royal wedding of Princess Ruth Komuntale and Christopher Thomas. The two enjoyed their drink alongside a former comrade and brother to the late Brig Noble Mayombo, Okwiri Rabwoni, till late in the night.

Sources claim that Rwakitarate, recently sacked as air-force chief of staff, is likely to bounce back because of his close ties to the higher echelons of the UPDF.

Kaijuka, Garuga at FDC conference:

Moneybags Musinguzi Garuga and Richard Kaijuka, whose conspicuous absence from FDC party activities had left tongues wagging, resurfaced last week at Namboole stadium for the delegates' conference. There was fear that the duo had jumped ship because of business interests and returned to the NRM.

To show they were still members of Uganda's largest opposition party, both of them wore the delegates' tags and voted in the FDC presidential contest. Kaijuka was seen leaving Namboole shortly after it had become clear that Muntu would take the day.

Former FDC youth leader Kasozi passes out:

Politics is not a game for the faint-hearted. During the announcement of the results of the cliffhanger contest between Mugisha Muntu and Nandala-Mafabi, the former FDC youth chairperson, Ibrahim Kasozi, was so overwhelmed by joy that he passed out. Lawmakers Odonga Otto, Elijah Okupa and others hurriedly carried him out of the hall, into an ambulance for treatment.

It was not only Kasozi who was affected by the result of the election. Many Mafabi supporters, disappointed with the results, openly sobbed.

No love lost between Eperu, Ssebugwawo:

After a fractious campaign fraught with acrimony, the wounds are yet to heal within the Forum for Democratic Change.

As results of the tightly-contested polls began trickling in last Thursday, Sarah Eperu, who was the publicist of the Nandala-Mafabi team, called the FDC vice-president for Buganda, Joyce Ssebugwawo, an avowed Maj Gen Mugisha Muntu supporter for a chat. But Eperu's plea fell on deaf ears as Ssebugwawo simply ignored her and walked away.

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