The Observer (Kampala)

Uganda: Wolokoso - Museveni Proud to Be Computer Illiterate

During the opening of the NRM retreat at Kyankwanzi, Museveni told ruling party lawmakers that he is computer illiterate.

"I am computer illiterate and I am comfortable the way I am. I refused to learn the computer," said Museveni.

However, he also warned leaders to stop watching television during working hours. Well, we don't expect the president to be a geek or IT-savvy but a few IT skills would help him accomplish a number of tasks. He could learn a few skills from Premier Amama Mbabazi.

Ssekikubo's father protests

The father to Lwemiyaga MP, Theodore Ssekikubo, last week stormed Kira police station with a lot of bitterness. Sam Mwagalwa, a former Fronasa activist and a long-time friend of President Museveni, was vexed by Ssekikubo's arrest. This was yet another twist in the love-hate relationship between Ssekikubo's family and Museveni.

It is said that Ssekikubo received several perks from State House while growing up as reciprocity to his father's friendship for the president. But last Monday, Sam Mwagalwa protested his son's arrest, wondering why Museveni, whom he claims to have helped, would stab him in the back by arresting his son.

Oulanyah bride revealed

It has been known since December 2012 that the deputy Speaker of Parliament, Jacob Oulanyah, would marry once again, after the death of his first wife. But Oulanyah and his handlers have been careful not to reveal the name of the lucky bride. For instance, at a public event last month, where Oulanyah first appeared with his fiancée at a farewell party for former Archbishop Henry Luke Orombi at Speke Resort Commonwealth hotel in Munyonyo, no one wanted to let the cat out of the bag about the identity of the lady.

However, The Observer has reliably been informed that the bride-to-be is Winnie Okot. She is a daughter to former Pader Woman MP, Santa Okot. The two will walk down the aisle on Saturday January 19, 2013, which will be crowned with a colourful reception at Speke Commonwealth resort, Munyonyo. We wish the couple a happy marriage.

Muntu on tour across country

The grapevine has lately been awash with questions about where the recently-elected FDC President Mugisha Muntu was as a number of events unfolded in the political arena. Muntu, who prefers to operate covertly, resurfaced last week.

According to his aides, Muntu has been holed up in meetings to try and heal wounds after a fractious election that pitted him against the Leader of Opposition, Nathan Nandala-Mafabi. After hosting the FDC management committee last week, Muntu immediately embarked on a countrywide tour to preach cohesion within the party. Muntu is also armed with a new strategy he hopes can drive the largest opposition party to power in 2016.

It is this blueprint that has re-energised the likes of Aswa MP Reagan Okumu, who recently praised Muntu's new approach during a conversation with scribes at Parliament.

Tinkasiimire, Katoto exchange barbs

Melodramatic scenes played out last week at Kira police station in Wakiso, where Lwemiyaga MP Theodore Ssekikubo had been detained. It all began when Katerera MP Hatwib Katoto arrived at the police station to visit Ssekikubo. Katoto waved police summons issued against him for airing inflammatory statements over the death of Butaleja Woman MP, Cerinah Nebanda.

However, upon arrival Buyaga West MP Barnabas Tinkasiimire provocatively questioned why Katoto had not been arrested like Ssekikubo. He spoke while provocatively poking Katoto's tummy. Katoto shot back: "Me I know you. You are just a pretender. You recall when they said you killed your wife, I am one of those who defended you."

Nsereko boycotts Kyankwanzi

Kampala Central MP Muhammad Nsereko, has kept his word and stayed away from the ongoing ruling party retreat at the National Leadership Institute (NALI) in Kyankwanzi. Nsereko recently told all and sundry that he would never attend any other NRM party retreat because it was a waste of time.

However, colleagues who have a habit of dissenting from views of the party like Wilfred Niwagaba, Theodore Ssekikubo and Dr Chris Baryomunsi attended the retreat.

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