The Observer (Kampala)

6 January 2013

Uganda: Wolokoso - Kabaka Snubs MP Karuhanga Handshake

The fire-spitting Western Youth MP Gerald Karuhanga could be quite a popular voice in the august House.

However, at last week's celebrations to usher in the New Year at the Lubiri grounds, Karuhanga faced an embarrassing moment for breaching cultural decorum. Shortly after prostrating before the Kabaka, Ronald Muwenda Mutebi, the youthful MP walked towards the Buganda monarch and attempted to greet him.

However, he was snubbed and he shyly walked away. But his friends, including Kampala Central MP Muhammad Nsereko, quickly began taking him through the lessons of cultural rigour. One such a lesson, Karuhanga perhaps learnt that day, is that you can only greet the Kabaka after he has offered his handshake.

VP Ssekandi security detail keen on poison:

Ever since Vice President Edward Ssekandi was recently rushed to a clinic fearing he had been poisoned, his security detail does not allow him to have any meal or drink in public places.

While presiding at the launch of activities to commemorate 100 years of African priesthood at Maria-Flo hotel in Masaka, Ssekandi's bodyguards blocked a meal intended to be served to him. Ssekandi was seated next to Bishops John Baptist Kaggwa and Paul Kalanda.

Before his arrival at the venue, organizers had served an assortment of drinks. When he arrived, all these were removed on the orders of his Special Forces Command (SFC) guards.

Athanasius Bazzeketta, the proprietor of the hotel, threw pent-up frustration, saying: "This is being oversensitive. Who of us can want to kill Ssekandi?"

Former Nyabushozi MP Elly Karuhanga, was last Wednesday embroiled in a deep conversation with Gen Elly Tumwine at the Sheraton hotel lobby. It was not clear what they were discussing but Karuhanga, who is the chairman of Tullow oil Uganda, has several business interests including real estate.

On their way out, Tumwine met another businessman and at one time a leading financier of FDC, Garuga Musinguzi and the two exchanged pleasantries.

Where is Muntu?

Since his appointment as FDC party president, Maj Gen Mugisha Muntu has spent a lot of time trying to heal wounds and reconcile with the camp of Leader of Opposition (LoP), Nathan Nandala-Mafabi whom he defeated in last November's election.

Though he has made appearances at the slain chief Justice Benedicto Kiwanuka's memorial lecture at Christ the King Platinum hall, attended Parliament during the eulogy for the Butaleja Woman MP Cerinah Nebanda and also spoken at the burial of the late father of Speaker Rebecca Kadaga in Kamuli, some say it's not enough.

Since then, he has been quiet while many events unfold. His critics are now claiming the writing is on the wall why Muntu's leadership is bound to fail. Perhaps! Perhaps not! Time will tell.

Former Libyan envoy resurfaces:

The former Libyan ambassador to Kampala, Abdallah Bujeldian, who fled the embassy at the beginning of the Libyan insurrection, was last week cited in Kampala. By the time he fled to join the National Transitional Council (NTC), many of his colleagues were angry with him over what they felt was a betrayal to Col Muammar Gaddafi who had appointed him as envoy to Uganda for more than a decade.

Sources told The Observer that Bujeldian returned to Kampala because he had several business interests here and has been given a duty to oversee several firms like UTL and National Housing & Construction Company (NHCC) where the Libyan government has a stake.

Muheesi off katebe:

Former Chief of Staff of Land Forces in the UPDF, Brig Geoffrey Muheesi, who has been on katebe, could soon climb the proverbial ladder. Muheesi is now part of the regional team overseeing the pull-out of M23 rebels from the eastern DRC town of Goma.

According to sources, upon the completion of the task he was recently given, Muheesi could land a senior position. Many colleagues often praise Muheesi for his professionalism.

Senior govt official sick:

One of the deputy premiers in government has not been well for a long time. Sources told Wolokoso that, the senior official, a close friend to the president, has been flown out of the country at least four times this year to receive treatment. We wish him a quick recovery.

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